Julie has won six Baftas, most recently in 2010 for playing Mo Mowlam in the biographical drama, Mo
Do you remember winning your first Bafta — for the film Educating Rita in 1984?
do! It was awful. I was terribly nervous and I’d had too much to drink.
I thought my acceptance speech was really, really funny and it wasn’t.
In those days, winners were introduced to Princess Anne afterwards, but
they couldn’t find me. I think I was under the table talking to Tim
Where do you keep your Baftas?
put them in a little hallway by the front door, which we never use, so
visitors don’t see them, but I can if I want to. I’d feel a bit funny
about having them on display in the living room.
In 2010 you were nominated for both Mo and A Short Stay in Switzerland. Did you prepare two speeches, just in case?
didn’t prepare speeches, but I always learn the names of the people I
need to thank and I did worry that I might get the two sets of names
mixed up. I would have looked as daft as the time I was pulling stupid
faces and saying all sorts of rubbish backstage and had no idea we were
How do you celebrate after winning?
I dash around saying hello to all the people from EastEnders and Corrie. I love soaps.
Would you swap your Baftas for an Oscar?
I wouldn’t swap any of them for anything — they make a marvellous doorstop.
Do you have any ambitions left you’re still to realise?
To get my raised beds working so they supply us with veg all year round.