Julia McKenzie
English actress, presenter, director, writer
Julia McKenzie
Julia McKenzie is an English actress, singer and theatre director. She is best known for her performance in Fresh Fields, but to current television audiences, she may be better known for her role as Miss Marple in Agatha Christie's Marple. McKenzie has also appeared on the stage in both the West End and on Broadway, including in several Stephen Sondheim musicals.
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Julie's GP said scoliosis was the cause, but an MRI scan revealed a tumour
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Julie McKenzie, 53, from Bushy, Herts, was assured by her GP that her nagging back pain was down to a mild curvature of the spine.
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Michael Giltz: DVDs: "Downton Abbey" Fans Better Brace Themselves
Huffington Post - about 4 years
This week I cover the new season of Downton Abbey (without any spoilers), some new releases including Adam Sandler's biggest hit in years, another excellent Criterion release, a John Ford gem and a round-up of (mostly) British TV. Enjoy. DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON THREE ($54.99 BluRay; PBS) -- I won't spoil the new season of Downton Abbey for you; creator Julian Fellowes does that very nicely on his own, thank you very much. Those who can't bear to wait for the episodes to air on American TV can rush out now and see the entire season, including the holiday special finale. I'll discuss the show once it has ended in the US. But it's no spoiler to say there will be many twists and turns before the season ends. Brace yourselves: not since the season one finale of The Killing on AMC or the "it was all a dream" lunacy on Dallas has a show worked so hard to alienate its fans. I think the main problem is that Downton Abbey looks like a prestigious drama, has the trappings of a prestig ...
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BBC Radio 2 Celebrates Christmas with Comedy and Music Selection Box
News On News - about 5 years
BBC Radio 2 will be celebrating Christmas in style with a veritable feast of star names, music and comedy. A series of programmes will look back at the stories behind some of the most iconic Christmas songs including The Story of White Christmas, an exploration of how one song revolutionised Christmas, hosted by actor Martin Sheen and the tale behind another Christmas classic - The Fairytale Of New York - presented by Dermot O’Leary. Kylie Minogue pays a very personal tribute to jazz artist Blossom Dearie in Kylie On Blossom, while much-loved tenor Alfie Boe joins Radio 2 to host a show dedicated to the songs that have most influenced him. West End star Justin Lee Collins makes an appearance on Christmas Day with his lounge music special. And Craig Charles also looks at the soulful side of yuletide songs, playing some festive soul favourites. Christmas comedy comes in the form of seasonal stalwart David Jason as he hosts David Jason’s Comedy Xmas, examining festive televi ...
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The Wrestling takes panel prize at Edinburgh Fringe comedy awards - Such Small Portions
Google News - over 5 years
The judges include Tania Harrison from Festival Republic, BBC Comedy producer Julia McKenzie, NBC's Simon Nicholls, Baby Cow's Lindsay Hughes, and journalists Ben Williams, Brian Reade and Mark Monahan. Adam Riches took the main award and Humphrey Ker
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And the 2011 nominees are... - Chortle
Google News - over 5 years
The judging panel is chaired by Festival Republic's Tania Harrison and comprises Lindsay Hughes from Baby Cow, BBC radio producer Julia McKenzie, Daily Telegraph critic Mark Monahan, comedy development executive Simon Nicholls, Daily Mirror columnist
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Eileen Atkins: 'It's great being paid to have so much fun' - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Gales of laughter now from Atkins, who had more fun on Cranford than any job, ever, thanks, she says, to the company of Britain's un-Botoxed best, including Dame Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie and Imelda Staunton. “At one point Judi, who played Deborah's
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Ali Bastian has her eye on Agatha Christie TV role - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Photo: PA Julia McKenzie, who plays Miss Marple in the ITV dramas, told Mandrake earlier this year that she was unimpressed by the casting of a 38-year-old actress in an American version of Agatha Christie's tales about the elderly detective
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BBC,PBS: The Complete Emmy winning Collections Debut on DVD - Hollywood Today Newsmagazine
Google News - over 5 years
Anton Rodgers (May to December) and Julia McKenzie (Agatha Christie's Marple) return as William and Hester Fields, a middle-aged couple whose grown children have left home to start lives of their own. Hester is ready for a new life, too—and takes on
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CALENDAR; Westchester
NYTimes - over 5 years
A guide to cultural and recreational events in the Hudson Valley. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to westweek@nytimes.com. Comedy PIERMONT The Turning Point Al Lubel. Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. $20. The Turning Point, 468 Piermont Avenue. turningpointcafe.com; (845) 359-1089. POUGHKEEPSIE Bananas Comedy Club Sig Olney.
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CALENDAR; Westchester
NYTimes - over 5 years
A guide to cultural and recreational goings-on in and around the Hudson Valley. Items for the guide should be sent at least three weeks in advance to westweek@nytimes.com, or by mail to Westchester Calendar, Metropolitan, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018-1405. Film KATONAH Katonah Museum of Art ''Surrealist Outdoor Cinema: Eternal Sunshine
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CALENDAR; Westchester
NYTimes - over 5 years
A guide to cultural and recreational goings-on in and around the Hudson Valley. Items for the guide should be sent at least three weeks in advance to westweek@nytimes.com, or by mail to Westchester Calendar, Metropolitan, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018-1405. Comedy POUGHKEEPSIE Bananas Comedy Club Liam Connelly. Friday through July 23 at 9
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The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year, and The Stiles and ... - Stage
Google News - over 5 years
As to the singer, a prize was given to a thrilled runner-up Katie Bernstein but ultimately the award, presented by Stephen Sondheim Society patron Julia McKenzie, was given to an astonished and tearful Taron Egerton, who delighted the audience with an
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today On TV: - Winnipeg Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
CBS/Global, 2 pm English actress Julia McKenzie returns as Agatha Christie's gentle sleuth Miss Marple in this classic whodunit. When an old friend of Marple's turns up dead shortly after sending her a list of names, she seeks justice for her murdered
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Around the Remote: Chuck Barney's TV Picks for July 10-16 - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
Julia McKenzie returns as Agatha Christie's gentle sleuth Miss Marple, and this time it's personal. In "The Pale Horse," she investigates the murder of a close friend (Nicholas Parsons) and finds herself drawn to an old inn run by a trio of witches
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DVD Review: Agatha Christie's Marple: The Pale Horse - Blogger News Network (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Agatha Christie's Marple: The Pale Horse is a star studded adaptation with Julia McKenzie returning as the beloved spinster sleuth, Miss Marple, taking on a spooky murder case at at an inn run by three modern
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Julia McKenzie
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 74
    McKenzie is a critic of fox hunting and was among more than 20 high-profile people who signed a letter to Members of Parliament in 2015 to oppose Conservative prime minister David Cameron's plan to amend the Hunting Act 2004.
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  • 2012
    Age 71
    During the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony she played Her Majesty the Queen on board the helicopter in the short film Happy and Glorious.
    More Details Hide Details That year she also played the role of Betty Nicholas in the ITV television series The Town. On 26 December 2013, McKenzie appeared as the title character in the film adaption of David Walliams' book Gangsta Granny. In 2015 McKenzie appeared as Shirley Mollison in the BBC mini series The Casual Vacancy. She is a radio performer with a long list of credits, including Blithe Spirit, The Country Wife and A Room with a View. As a director she has staged Stepping Out, Peter Pan, Hey, Mr. Producer! Steel Magnolias, Putting It Together and A Little Night Music. She also recorded an audio book of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. McKenzie has been married since 1971 to American actor-director, Jerry Harte.
  • 2008
    Age 67
    In 2008 she was announced as the replacement for Geraldine McEwan as ITV's Miss Marple.
    More Details Hide Details McKenzie noted: "It’s difficult because Agatha Christie wrote her in two ways First, very much what Geraldine McEwan played: a slight, rather Victorian creature. Then, a little sturdier and tweedier. I chose the latter. A lot of people say they don’t like the tweedier version. But they’re both genuine." Also, she said: "Just about everybody in the world knows about Miss Marple and has an opinion of what she should be like, so I’m under no illusions about the size of the task ahead." McKenzie's first series of Marple comprised A Pocket Full of Rye, Murder is Easy, They Do It with Mirrors and Why Didn't They Ask Evans? The second series of the show, which aired in 2010, included The Pale Horse, The Secret of Chimneys, The Blue Geranium, and The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side. A sixth series, including adaptations of A Caribbean Mystery, Greenshaw's Folly and Endless Night, began filming in September 2012 and was broadcast in 2013.
  • 2007
    Age 66
    In 2007 she co-starred with Michael Gambon and Judi Dench in the BBC1 costume drama series Cranford, playing Mrs. Forrester, a military widow of slender means, very attached to her cow Bessie.
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    In 2007 she was reunited with Anton Rodgers (again as a husband and wife team) in the ITV comedy You Can Choose Your Friends.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 53
    The role won her a second Olivier Award in 1994. McKenzie appeared in a National Theatre 80th birthday tribute to Lord Olivier, Happy Birthday, Sir Larry on 31 May 1987 in the presence of Olivier himself.
    More Details Hide Details On television, McKenzie co-starred with Irene Handl in the sitcom Maggie and Her (1978–79), and with Gareth Hunt in That Beryl Marston! (1981). She went on to greater popularity with British viewers as Hester in the 1980s sitcom Fresh Fields opposite Anton Rodgers, and its 1990s sequel French Fields, for which she was voted TV Times Favourite Female Comedy Performance for five consecutive years. The role also earned her a 1985 BAFTA nomination for Best Entertainment Performance. She appeared as Mrs Forthby in Blott on the Landscape and as a Midsomer villager involved in a series of murders in an episode of Midsomer Murders. Film credits include Hotel du Lac, Shirley Valentine, Bright Young Things and These Foolish Things.
  • 1993
    Age 52
    She continued her association with Stephen Sondheim when she starred as Mrs. Lovett in the 1993 London revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 46
    She went on to appear in the original West End productions of two Sondheim musicals; playing Sally in Follies at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1987, and the Witch in Into the Woods at the Phoenix Theatre in 1990.
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  • 1986
    Age 45
    For her role in the 1986 West End production of the Alan Ayckbourn play Woman in Mind, McKenzie won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress.
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  • 1982
    Age 41
    For her role as Miss Adelaide in the 1982 West End revival of Guys and Dolls, she won the first of two Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 35
    She appeared in the West End revue Side by Side by Sondheim in 1976, and made her Broadway debut when the show transferred to New York in 1977 receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
    More Details Hide Details She also received a Drama Desk Award nomination.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Age 0
    She was born Julia Kathleen McKenzie on 17 February 1941, in Enfield, Middlesex, England, the daughter of Kathleen Rowe and Albion McKenzie.
    More Details Hide Details She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. McKenzie's early West End musical credits include Maggie May (1966), Mame (1969), and Company (1971).
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