English actressnovelist Julie Walters.
Walters was born as Julia Mary Walters in Smethwick, near Birmingham, the daughter of Mary Bridget (née OBrien), a postal clerk of Irish Catholic extraction,Thomas Walters, a builderdecorator.The youngest of three childrenonly girl,Walters had an early education at a convent schoollater at Holly Lodge Grammar School for Girls on Holly Lane in Smethwick, although she was asked to leave at the end of her lower sixth due to her "high jinks". In an interview with Alison Oddey, Walters said about her early schooling: "I was never going to be academic, so suggested that I try teaching or nursing Id been asked to leave school, so I thought Id better do it."Her first job was in insurance at the age of 15. At 18 she trained as a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birminghamworked on the Ophthalmic, CasualtyCoronary Care wards during the 18 months she spent there. She fell madly in love with her first proper boyfriend who then left to study sociology in Manchester. Walters decided to leave nursingfollow her boyfriend to Manchesterstudy EnglishDrama at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University)pursued a career in the performing arts. Walters worked for the Everyman Theatre Company in Liverpool in the1970s, alongside several other no performers: Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite, Jonathan Pryce, Willy RussellAlan Bleasdale.