Harriet Walter

  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Profession: Actor, Author
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Fast Facts

  • Her uncle is Hammer Horror legend Sir Christopher Lee.
  • Was made an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987, and has worked with them consistently throughout her career.
  • Is a patron of the charities Shakespeare Schools Festival and Prisoners Abroad.
  • Is the great-great-great-granddaughter of John Walter, founder of British newspaper The Times.
  • Has published three books, including Other People's Shoes and Facing It.
  • Was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000, and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to drama in 2011.
  • Her partner of eight years, actor Peter Blythe, died from lung cancer in 2004.
  • Married American stage actor Guy Schuessler (stage name Guy Paul) in 2011.
  • Dropped her trademark "cut glass" accent in favor of a grittier estuary English accent for her recurring role in Law And Order UK.


  • 2009, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Guy Schuessler — Husband
  • Peter Blythe — Ex-significant Other
  • Christopher Lee — Uncle


  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England
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