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Walters: I thought Rita was awful

Published 17/05/2014 | 07:12

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Julie Walters has said she didn't think Educating Rita was very good the first time she saw it

Julie Walters has admitted the first time she saw herself in Educating Rita, she thought she'd given a rubbish performance.

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The Harry Potter star was Oscar nominated for the 1983 role as a woman desperate to gain her freedom through education, but told TV Times she had been so upset by how badly she thought it had gone that she cried.

She said: "I thought I was dreadful in it. When I first saw the film, I said, 'Oh God, it's awful. And I'm awful in it.' I went straight to the toilets and started crying.

"When our lovely director, Lewis Gilbert, was talking about possible Oscar nods I genuinely thought he was mad."

Julie, 64, said she also had vivid memories of the film's premiere: "I did meet Sean Connery at the premiere, though. I had a crush on him as a teenager and he walked past me and slapped me on the bum. It was really funny."

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