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Imelda Staunton

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

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Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton, CBE (born 9 January 1956) is an English stage and screen actress. She is best known for her performances in the British comedy television series Up the Garden Path and the films Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Vera Drake. For the latter, she drew widespread critical acclaim as Vera Drake, earning her a Best Actress Oscar nomination and a number of wins including the BAFTA and Venice Film Festival Awards for best actress in a leading role. Staunton was born in Archway, North London, the only child of Bridie, a hairdresser, and Joseph Staunton, a road-worker and labourer. The family lived over Staunton's mother's hair dressing salon while Staunton’s father worked on the roads. Staunton met her husband, English actor Jim Carter, in Richard Eyre's landmark early Eighties production of Guys And Dolls at the National Theatre. They have a daughter, Bessie, born 1993. Staunton lives with her family in West Hampstead, northwest London, and is long time friends with actor Stephen Fry, actor Hugh Laurie and actress Emma Thompson, her neighbor.


Amulet Sister Claire 2020-07-24
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Knotgrass 2019-10-16
Downton Abbey Maud Bagshaw 2019-09-12
National Theatre Live: Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha 2017-05-18
Paddington 2 Aunt Lucy (voice) 2017-11-09
National Theatre Live: Follies Sally Durant Plummer 2017-11-16
Little Bird First Officer Simpkins 2017-04-22
Harry Potter: A History Of Magic Narrator 2017-10-28
Finding Your Feet Sandra Abbott 2017-12-26
Gypsy: Live from the Savoy Theatre Rose 2015-12-27
Maleficent Knotgrass 2014-05-28
Pride Hefina 2014-09-12
Victoria Wood - That Musical We Made 2014-12-26
That Day We Sang Enid 2014-12-26
Paddington Aunt Lucy (voice) 2014-11-24
Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time Shrew (voice) 2013-12-16
The Girl Alma Hitchcock 2012-10-22
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Mrs. Lovett 2012-03-10
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Queen Victoria (voice) 2012-03-12
London: The Modern Babylon Spoken Quotations (voice) 2012-08-03
Arthur Christmas Mrs Santa (voice) 2011-11-10
The Awakening Maud Hill 2011-08-17
Alice in Wonderland Tall Flower Faces (voice) 2010-03-03
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Dolores Umbridge 2010-10-17
White Other Lynne McDermott 2010-11-13
Another Year Janet 2010-11-05
Taking Woodstock Sonia Teichberg 2009-08-26
A Bunch of Amateurs Mary 2008-11-17
Three and Out Rosemary Cassidy 2008-10-12
Clay Mary Doonan 2008-03-30
Freedom Writers Margaret Campbell 2007-01-05
How About You... Hazel Nightingale 2007-11-16
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Dolores Umbridge 2007-06-28
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
Shadow Man Ambassador Cochran 2006-09-06
My Family and Other Animals Mother 2005-12-27
Nanny McPhee Mrs. Blatherwick 2005-10-21
Vera Drake Vera Drake 2004-10-22
The Virgin of Liverpool Sylvia Conlon 2003-03-15
Blackball Bridget 2003-05-18
Bright Young Things 2003-05-16
I'll Be There Dr. Bridget 2003-06-13
Murder DCI Billie Dory 2002-05-01
Crush Janine 2001-08-19
Rat Conchita Flynn 2001-04-01
Another Life Ethel Graydon 2001-06-15
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings 2000-12-25
Chicken Run Bunty (voice) 2000-06-21
Jack and the Beanstalk Dilly 1999-10-11
Shakespeare in Love Nurse 1998-01-29
The Canterbury Tales The Prioress (voice) 1998-12-21
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 Snow Queen Ivy / Angorra 1995-01-01
Citizen X Mrs. Burakov 1995-02-25
The Adventures of Mole Voice 1995-12-24
Mole's Christmas (voices) 1994-12-25
Deadly Advice Beth Greenwood 1994-01-21
Much Ado About Nothing Margaret 1993-05-07
Don't Leave Me This Way Bridget Bennet 1993-05-30
A Masculine Ending Bridget Bennet 1992-04-12
Peter's Friends Mary Charleston 1992-09-18
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
The Canterville Ghost