Miranda plays the part of Mab, Queen of the Old Ways in Merlin


Date of birth 3rd March 1958

Place of Birth Southport, Lancashire, England, UK

Birth name Miranda Jane Richardson

Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)


Miranda was born in England on March 3rd 1958. She comes from Southport in Lancashire (near Liverpool), and has one sister, eight years her senior. Her parents and sister are not involved in the performing arts.  She left school (Southport High School for Girls) at the age of 17, and originally intended becoming a vet. She also considered studying English literature in College, but decided to concentrate on drama and enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  After three years she graduated and moved into repertory theatre. She became affiliated with the Library Theatre in Manchester in 1979, where she became an assistant stage manager. She obtained her Equity card, and after several regional productions, first appeared on the London stage (Moving at Queens Theatre) in 1981.

Miranda likes to pick her roles these days.  She was approached to play the Glenn Close role in 'Fatal Attraction', but found it 'regressive in its attitudes'.