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Imelda Staunton

1956-01-09 Archway, London, England, UK

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Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton (born 9 January 1956) is an English actress and singer. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Staunton began her career in repertory theatre in 1976 and appeared in various theatre productions in the United Kingdom. Staunton has performed in a variety of plays and musicals in London throughout her career, winning four Laurence Olivier Awards; three for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her roles in the musicals Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy, and one for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Play for her work in both A Chorus of Disapproval and The Corn is Green. Her other stage appearances include The Beggar's Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Uncle Vanya, Guys and Dolls, Entertaining Mr Sloane, and Good People. She has been nominated for 13 Olivier Awards. On film, Staunton starred in Antonia and Jane; in several supporting roles in Kenneth Branagh's comedy Peter's Friends, his adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing; Ang Lee's adaptation of Sense and Sensibility; and the costume romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love. She drew critical acclaim for her performance in the title role in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actress, in addition to being nominated for Best Actress by the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. She later gained a wider audience for her portrayal as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films The Order of the Phoenix and The Deathly Hallows - Part 1. She continued supporting roles in Nanny McPhee, reunited with Leigh in Another Year, and the film continuation of Downton Abbey. She portrayed human rights activist Hefina Headon in the historical film Pride, and starred in the British comedy Finding Your Feet. She also provided voice acting roles for the films Chicken Run, Arthur Christmas, and Paddington. On television, Staunton starred in the sitcoms Up the Garden Path and Is it Legal?. Her performance in My Family and Other Animals earned her a nomination for the International Emmy Award for Best Actress, while her roles in Return to Cranford and The Girl earned her BAFTA TV Award nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. For the latter, she was also nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. She portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the final two seasons of The Crown.


Downton Abbey: A New Era Maud Bagshaw 2022-04-27
Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends Self 2022-05-03
The Canterville Ghost Mrs. Umney 2022-10-07
Amulet Sister Claire 2020-07-24
Guðríður víðförla Narrator 2020-03-18
The Gruffalo and Me: The Remarkable Julia Donaldson reader 2020-12-25
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Knotgrass 2019-10-16
Downton Abbey Maud Bagshaw 2019-09-12
Paddington 2 Aunt Lucy (voice) 2017-11-09
Little Bird First Officer Simpkins 2017-04-22
Harry Potter: A History Of Magic Narrator 2017-10-28
National Theatre Live: Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha 2017-05-18
National Theatre Live: Follies Sally Durant Plummer 2017-11-16
Finding Your Feet Sandra Abbott 2017-12-26
Gypsy Rose 2015-12-27
Paddington Aunt Lucy (voice) 2014-11-24
That Day We Sang Enid 2014-12-26
Pride Hefina 2014-09-12
Victoria Wood - That Musical We Made 2014-12-26
Maleficent Knotgrass 2014-05-28
Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time Shrew (voice) 2013-12-16
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Queen Victoria (voice) 2012-03-12
London: The Modern Babylon Spoken Quotations (voice) 2012-08-03
The Girl Alma Reville Hitchcock 2012-10-22
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Mrs. Lovett 2012-03-10
Arthur Christmas Mrs Santa (voice) 2011-11-10
The Awakening Maud Hill 2011-08-17
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Dolores Umbridge 2010-10-06
Another Year Janet 2010-11-05
White Other Lynne McDermott 2010-11-13
Alice in Wonderland Tall Flower Faces (voice) 2010-03-03
Taking Woodstock Sonia Teichberg 2009-08-26
A Bunch of Amateurs Mary 2008-11-17
Clay Mary Doonan 2008-03-30
Three and Out Rosemary Cassidy 2008-10-12
How About You... Hazel Nightingale 2007-11-16
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Dolores Umbridge 2007-06-28
Freedom Writers Margaret Campbell 2007-01-05
Shadow Man Ambassador Cochran 2006-09-05
Guilty Hearts Naomi 2006-01-01
Bill Douglas: Intent on Getting the Image Herself 2006-06-18
The Wind in the Willows Barge Lady 2006-12-18
My Family and Other Animals Mother 2005-12-27
Nanny McPhee Mrs. Blatherwick 2005-10-21
Vera Drake Vera Drake 2004-10-22
Blackball Bridget 2003-05-18
I'll Be There Dr. Bridget 2003-06-13
Bright Young Things Lady Brown 2003-10-03
The Virgin of Liverpool Sylvia Conlon 2003-03-15
Murder DCI Billie Dory 2002-05-01
Rat Conchita Flynn 2001-04-01
Crush Janine 2001-08-19
Another Life Ethel Graydon 2001-06-15
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings 2000-12-25
Chicken Run Bunty (voice) 2000-06-23
Jack and the Beanstalk Dilly 1999-10-11
Shakespeare in Love Nurse 1998-12-11
Remember Me? 1997-01-02
The Ugly Duckling Scruffy (voice) 1997-09-04
The Adventures of Toad Voice 1996-07-30
Twelfth Night Maria 1996-10-31
Sense and Sensibility Charlotte Jennings Palmer 1995-12-13
The Adventures of Mole Voice 1995-12-24
Citizen X Mrs. Burakov 1995-02-25
The Snow Queen Ivy / Angorra 1995-01-01
Mole's Christmas (voices) 1994-12-25
Deadly Advice Beth Greenwood 1994-04-29
Don't Leave Me This Way Bridget Bennet 1993-05-30
Much Ado About Nothing Margaret 1993-05-07
Peter's Friends Mary Charleston 1992-09-18
A Masculine Ending Bridget Bennet 1992-04-12
They Never Slept The Producer 1991-01-20
The Englishman's Wife Stephanie 1990-01-08
Antonia and Jane Jane Hartman 1990-01-01
The Heat of the Day Louie 1989-06-09
Comrades Betsy Loveless 1987-08-23
Easy Money Mary Price 1982-05-28
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget Bunty (voice)