Julia Wilson Dickson, English dialect coach, Died at 66

Julia Wilson Dickson was born in 1949 in Brighton, East Sussex, England and died on October 16, 2015.

She was an English dialect coach (Braveheart, In Bruges, Chocolat).

Dickson attended Guildford high school for girls, and then on to the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She was a teacher.

Julia’s profound technical knowledge combined with an intellectual and emotional understanding of both text and dialogue, and musicality she helped gain greater recognition for the work of dialect coaches within the British film industry.

She was the daughter of Olivia (nee Rudder) and her father Philip Wilson-Dickson, who worked at the Home Office.

Julia coached Robert de Niro on Frankenstein in 1994 and Helena Bonham Carter on Mighty Aphrodite in1995.

She also coached Julianne Moore for The End of the Affair in 1999, Glenn Close on Albert Nobbs in 2011, and Eddie Redmayne for the performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything in 2014, that won him an Oscar.

She worked on several of Peter Hall productions, on stage with Dustin Hoffman as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice at Phoenix theatre, London, in1989 and Vanessa Redgrave as Lady Torrance in Orpheus Descending (Haymarket, 1988), and Judi Dench.

She also worked with Anthony Hopkins in the title roles of Antony and Cleopatra (at the National Theatre, 1987.

Dickson also worked with the casts of Sam Mendes’s 1995 productions of Company and The Glass Menagerie, Max Stafford-Clark’s Royal Court productions of The Queen and I (1994) and Our Country’s Good (1988), Peter Wood’s 1994 The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Peter Gill’s 1989 Juno and the Paycock.

Her work in television productions including Oranges are Not the Only Fruit (1989), The Camomile Lawn (1992), The Lost Prince (2003), Wolf Hall (2015), and series including Spooks, Doctor Who, The Good Wife and EastEnders.

Julia Wilson Dickson passed away at 66 due to a brain haemorrhage.