Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Julie Is Right, Plastic Is Not Fantastic for Actresses

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Julie Is Right, Plastic Is Not Fantastic for Actresses

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Byline: Emma Johnson

THE phrase national treasure is an over-used one but if anyone deserves to have it applied to them it is surely Julie Walters.

From her breakthrough film performance as a gobby Scouser in Educating Rita, to her multi-award winning turn in Billy Elliot and her many moving roles on the small screen in dramas like GBH and Jake's Progress - not to mention her years playing it for laughs with Victoria Wood - the Birmingham-born star is one of our greatest acting talents.

Having taken my mum to meet her at a book signing a few years ago, I can also attest that she is absolutely lovely.

And just when I thought I could not love her anymore, Julie has this week spoken out about actresses who have facelifts.

Julie Walters, right, |Kidman on Graham Interviewed by Good Housekeeping magazine, the 64-yearold, who can currently be seen in the Paddington movie alongside Nicole Kidman - an actress whose own peculiarly line-free face is often the subject of press scrutiny - said that one of the reasons she couldn't imagine living in America is the plastic surgery.

She said: "Everyone who lives there says you have to have a facelift. And everyone has had them Everyone. As people get older, they do this half-facelift stuff so they can pretend they haven't had them! I think: don't do it - be beautiful anyway."

The Bafta and Golden Globe winner went on to say that with so many actresses having work done, there are going to be no women left to play the "old people", adding: "You see some American programmes and think: 'Oh my God, is that supposed to be her mother? I thought she was meant to be her sister? Oh please! Have some real faces!'" Julie is not the only British thesp to lament their peers going under the knife. Earlier this year Emma Thompson, who arguably looks better than ever at 55, said she thought Botox was "psychotic" and that we have created a culture where it is normal to have plastic surgery when it's "not normal". …

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