In the 1992 film "Damage," Miranda Richardson portrays Ingrid Thompson-Fleming, the wife of Dr. Stephen Fleming, played by Jeremy Irons. Ingrid plays an important part in the film that tells the story of a passionate and destructive affair between her husband and Anna Barton. This affair has a significant impact on the story and the dynamics of their family.
In the 2002 film "Spider," Miranda Richardson delivers a solid performance as Yvonne and as Mrs. Cleg. Mrs. Cleg is the mother of the film's protagonist, Spider, played by Ralph Fiennes. Her presence in the film is both enigmatic and unsettling, as she is connected to Spider's troubled past. Miranda Richardson's portrayal brilliantly captures the nuances of her character, from her fragile demeanor to the mysterious secrets she holds.
Miranda Richardson played the character Patty in the 2017 film 'Stronger.' Patty is the mother of the main character, Jeff Bauman, who is portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal. The film is based on the real-life story of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing and his journey to recovery.
14 Made in Dagenham
Miranda Richardson portrayed the character Barbara Castle in the 2010 film 'Made in Dagenham.' The film is a dramatized account of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike in the United Kingdom, where female workers protested for equal pay. Barbara Castle, a real historical figure, was a prominent politician and played a key role in supporting the striking women's cause for pay equality.
13 Paris, je t'aime
The segment titled 'Bastille' directed by Isabel Coixet is part of the anthology film titled "Paris, je t'aime" (2006). This film is a collection of short stories set in different neighborhoods of Paris, each directed by a different filmmaker. Miranda Richardson appears in Isabel Coixet's segment of the film.
12 The Crying Game
Miranda Richardson portrayed the character 'Jude' in the 1992 film 'The Crying Game.' The film was directed by Neil Jordan, and features characters such as Fergus, Dil, Jody, and others. Miranda Richardsonportrayed a character named Jude, a female member of some IRA unit.
11 The Phantom of the Opera
The character of Madame Giry was portrayed by Miranda Richardson in the 2004 film adaptation of 'The Phantom of the Opera,' which is a musical drama directed by Joel Schumacher.
10 The Young Victoria
Miranda Richardson plays the Duchess of Kent in the 2009 historical drama The Young Victoria. She is the mother of Queen Victoria and is determined to make sure her daughter is crowned Queen of England. Richardson's performance received praise from critics, who noted her ability to make the Duchess of Kent a sympathetic and complicated character.
Miranda Richardson portrayed the character Lady Ashford in the 2013 film 'Belle.' In the movie, Lady Ashford is a member of the British aristocracy during the 18th century and is involved in the social and political events surrounding the central character, Dido Elizabeth Belle. The film explores issues of race, class, and societal norms during that era, with Miranda Richardson delivering a notable performance in her role.
8 Sleepy Hollow
Miranda Richardson plays Lady Van Tassel in the 1999 movie 'Sleepy Hollow.' She is the wife of the town's wealthy landowner, Baltus Van Tassel. She is a beautiful woman who is obsessed with money and has a very strong sense of entitlement. She is a cunning planner, and her schemes often involve manipulating her husband and her daughter, Katrina. She is also very superstitious and believes in the supernatural. She is a very powerful character in the movie, often making decisions that affect the outcome of the story. Despite her manipulative nature, she has a certain charm that is often convincing.
7 Enchanted April
Miranda Richardson stars as Lotty Wilton, a depressed Londoner, who yearns for a change of scenery, in the 1991 film 'Enchanted April.' Rose Arbuthnot is one of the central characters in the story. The film follows her journey as she, along with three other women, who decide to escape their mundane lives in England. Rose's character undergoes personal transformation and self-discovery as she enjoys the beauty of Italy and forms new connections with her fellow travelers.
6 The Hours
Miranda Richardson plays the role of Vanessa Bell in the 2002 film 'The Hours.' Vanessa Bell was a British painter and a central figure in the Bloomsbury Group, a gathering of intellectuals, writers, and artists. In the film, Richardson's character is the sister of writer Virginia Woolf (played by Nicole Kidman). Vanessa provides emotional support to her sister, who is struggling with mental health issues.
5 An Inspector Calls
Miranda Richardson plays the role of Mrs. Birling in the 1992 version of 'An Inspector Calls.' Mrs. Birling is a wealthy middle-class woman who is the matriarch of the family. She is portrayed as a cold, hard-hearted woman who is dismissive of her children and uncaring about the plight of those who are less fortunate than her. Mrs. Birling is a strong-willed character who is determined to protect her family’s good name and social standing in the community. Richardson brings a sense of gravitas and authority to the role, and her performance is both powerful and gripping. Her portrayal of Mrs. Birling is a great example of how a talented actor can bring a character to life on the screen.
4 Blackadder Back & Forth
Miranda Richardson plays Queen Elizabeth I in the 1999 British comedy film 'Blackadder Back and Forth.' She is one of several historical figures who appear in the film, which follows the time-traveling adventures of Lord Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) and his bumbling sidekick Baldrick (Tony Robinson).
3 Empire of the Sun
Miranda Richardson plays the role of Mrs. Victor in the 1987 Steven Spielberg film 'Empire of the Sun.' She plays the role of Jim's (the main character) nanny who helps him survive the Japanese occupation of Shanghai during World War II.
2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Miranda Richardson played the character of Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. She is the journalist who is constantly trying to get her hands on the latest news about Harry Potter and the Triwizard Tournament.
1 Blackadder's Christmas Carol
Miranda Richardson plays the role of Mrs. Dilber in Blackadder's Christmas Carol, a 1988 British Christmas comedy special that serves as an alternative take on Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. Richardson portrays the Scrooge-esque character of Ebenezer Blackadder with her character, Mrs. Dilber, acting as his housekeeper. She is known for her no-nonsense attitude and her passionate dislike of the miserly Blackadder.