Mother Cecilia is a good-natured nun, a fun and jovial type with a fabulous sense of humour, but she doesn't suffer fools lightly. She supports Mattie and her homeopathic remedies. As Proiress, she is the Matriarch and is very caring and loved by the entire town... except Godwyn.
Played by: Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson first intrigued audiences in Mike Newell’s Dance With A Stranger, in which she played Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in England. Subsequent roles confirmed her as an actress of consummate ability
and consistency. In 1992, she garnered rave reviews for her performances in Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game, Mike Newell’s Enchanted April, and Louis Malle’s Damage. The New York Film Critics cited her work in all three films in naming her Best Supporting Actress. She also received a Golden Globe for Enchanted April and was nominated for an Oscar® for Damage. In 1995 she received a second Oscar® nomination for her portrayal of Vivienne Haigh-Wood, the wife of poet T.S. Eliot, in Brian Gilbert’s Tom And Viv.
Recent films include Made In Dagenham, The Young Victoria, Paris Je t’aime directed by Isabel Coixet, Stephen Poliakoff’s Gideon’s Daughter, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire,
The Phantom of The Opera,The Prince And Me, Stephen Daldry’s The Hours, David Cronenberg’s Spider, Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, Conor McPherson’s The Actors, the coming-of-age story Falling
Angels, the sharply satirical The Rage In Placid Lake, the upcoming comedy Churchill: The Hollywood Years with Christian Slater and Neve Campbell, and the animation film Chicken Run, in which she voices Mrs.
Tweedie for Nick Park and Peter Lord. Other credits include The Apostle with Robert Duvall, The Designated Mourner by Wallace Shawn and directed by David Hare, Robert Altman’s Kansas City, Steven Spielberg’s
Empire Of The Sun.
Miranda’s television credits include AMC’s Rubicon, Stephen Poliakoff’s The Lost Prince, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Alice, Snow White and Merlin, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, Showtime’s The Big
Brass Ring with William Hurt and Nigel Hawthorne, BBC’s Dance To The Music Of Time, and HBO’s Fatherland, for which she received a Golden Globe Award. She displayed her comedic talents in Absolutely Fabulous,
The Life And Times Of Vivienne Vyle and three Blackadder television series, including playing Elizabeth I in the second season and film.
Miranda trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School and subsequently performed in many plays, the highlights being Mamet’s Edmond, Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, Terry Johnson’s Insignificance, Sam Shepard’s A
Lie Of The Mind, and the one woman piece Orlando working with Robert Wilson.