One of Britain's leading actors, unlike many of her peers Miranda Richardson has also been keen to appear in comedy.
She studied acting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, making her stage debut in 1981.
She came to wider attention in 1985 with her highly-praised performance in Dance with a Stranger.
It was in 1986, however, that she took on her best-loved role, playing an alternately childish, flirtatious and murderous Queen Elizabeth I with great gusto and revealing perfect comic timing.
Despite many "serious" commitments (garnering two Oscar nominations along the way), she has continued to work in comedy, appearing in later series of Absolutely Fabulous as Bettina, an obsessive-compulsive interior decorator and guesting on shows like "Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation".
Her most recent comedy project is playing beloved British talk-show host Vivienne Vyle’s producer in Jennifer Saunders’s "The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle".
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