Imelda Staunton

Actor, Singer, Comedian
After years of toiling in supporting roles, often taking whatever came her way, actress Imelda Staunton finally received the chance to display her considerable talents when she starred as the titular character in ... Read more »
Born: 01/08/1956 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (54)

Paddington 2015 (Movie)

Aunt Lucy (Voice)

Maleficent 2014 (Movie)

Knotgrass (Actor)

Pride 2014 (Movie)

Hefina (Actor)

The Girl 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Awakening 2012 (Movie)

Maud Hill (Actor)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

Queen Victoria (Voice)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Mrs. Santa (Voice)

Doctor Who 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

London - The Modern Babylon 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (Movie)

Tall Flower Faces (Actor)

Another Year 2010 (Movie)

Janet (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Dolores Umbridge (Actor)

Return to Cranford 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

Sonia Teichberg (Actor)

A Bunch of Amateurs 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Deal is a Deal 2008 (Movie)

Rosemary Cassidy (Actor)

Cranford 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

How About You 2008 (Movie)

Hazel Nightingale (Actor)

Freedom Writers 2007 (Movie)

Margaret Campbell (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 (Movie)

Dolores Umbridge (Actor)

The Wind in the Willows 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Nanny McPhee 2006 (Movie)

Mrs. Blatherwick (Actor)

Blackball 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

ShakespeaRe-Told 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Virgin of Liverpool 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

Lady Brown (Actor)

Vera Drake 2004 (Movie)

Vera Drake (Actor)

Crush 2002 (Movie)

Janine (Actor)

I'll Be There 2002 (Movie)

Dr. Bridget (Actor)

Another Life 2001 (Movie)

Ethel Graydon (Actor)

Rat 2001 (Movie)

Conchita (Actor)

Chicken Run 2000 (Movie)

of Bunty (Voice)

David Copperfield 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Man's Eleven 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Remember Me? 1999 (Movie)

Lorna (Actor)

The Canterbury Tales 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Shakespeare in Love 1998 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

About Face 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Advice 1996 (Movie)

Beth Greenwood (Actor)

Twelfth Night 1996 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Sense and Sensibility 1995 (Movie)

Charlotte Palmer (Actor)

Much Ado About Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Margaret--Attendant on Hero (Actor)

Peter's Friends 1992 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Antonia and Jane 1991 (Movie)

Jane Hartman (Actor)

Thompson 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Comrades 1989 (Movie)

Betsy Loveless (Actor)

They Never Slept 1989 (Movie)

Producer (Actor)

The Singing Detective 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bronte (Movie)

(Actor)

Cambridge Spies (TV Show)

Actor

Citizen X (TV Show)

Actor

Fingersmith (TV Show)

Actor

My Family and Other Animals (TV Show)

Actor

The Heat of the Day (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After years of toiling in supporting roles, often taking whatever came her way, actress Imelda Staunton finally received the chance to display her considerable talents when she starred as the titular character in director Mike Leigh's period drama, "Vera Drake" (2004), a role that earned the British thespian a nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. Prior to her critical success on both sides of the pond, Staunton worked hard to gain prominence in her native England, spending almost three decades in small supporting roles on stage, television and in film. Though she considered herself a serious actress, Staunton relied on song and dance in the early days of her career, establishing a small degree of success for her leading role in "Guys and Dolls." Over the course of the theatre portion of her career, she managed to win several Olivier Awards, though she found her transition to the screen slow and arduous. But with "Vera Drake," Staunton blew the Hollywood doors wide open, leading to bigger and better roles in films like "Nanny McPhee" (2006), "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), proving that talent always wins out in the end no matter how long the struggle.

Relationships

Jim Carter Actor

Husband
Met while co-starring in 1982 production of "Guys and Dolls" at the National Theatre Married October 1983

Bessie Carter Actor

Daughter
Born in 1993 father, Jim Carter

Joseph Staunton

Father

Bridie Staunton

Mother

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1974 - 1976
Graduated

La Sainte Union Catholic Secondary School

University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England

Milestones

2012

Voiced Queen Victoria in the animated adventure "Pirates! Band of Misfits"

2011

Voiced the character of Mrs. Santa in the animated feature "Arthur Christmas"

2010

Reprised role of Dolores Umbridge in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

2009

Re-teamed with director Ang Lee to star in "Taking Woodstock"

2008

Co-starred in the British comedy "A Bunch of Amateurs"

2007

Co-starred with Hilary Swank in "Freedom Writers," a drama directed by Richard LaGravenese

2007

Featured in the acclaimed miniseries "Cranford" (PBS)

2007

Cast as Dolores Umbridge, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, in the fifth Harry Potter picture "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

2006

Co-starred with Emma Thompson and Colin Firth in "Nanny McPhee"; also scripted by Emma Thompson

2004

Starred in "Vera Drake" as a woman who illegally helps women induce miscarriages in 1950s England; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress

2002

Cast as the tough female detective in the BBC's hit drama "Murder"

2000

Took on a daring role in "Rat," playing the wife of a pub-crawling Irishman who turns into a rodent; although the film was a critical success, it never made it to theaters, going instead straight to video

1999

Teamed with Bob Hoskins to play Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins Micawber in the BBC/Masterpiece Theatre miniseries "David Copperfield"

1998

Portrayed the nurse in the Oscar-winning film "Shakespeare in Love"

1996

Portrayed Maria in a film adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

1996

Starred opposite Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn in Sam Mendes' production of "Habeas Corpus" at the Donmar Warehouse

1996

Starred as Miss Adelaide in Richard Eyre's production of "Guys and Dolls" at the National Theatre

1995

Played Charlotte Palmer in Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility"

1993

Co-starred in Kenneth Branagh's film production of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"

1992

Starred in Kenneth Branagh's "Peter's Friends"

1990

Cast as the Baker's Wife in the original London production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods"

1988

Performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Sonya in Michael Blakemore's production of "Uncle Vanya"

1987

Played Dorothy in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "The Wizard of Oz"; earned an Olivier Award nomination

1986

Played Nurse White in Dennis Potter's "The Singing Detective"; the award-winning series was originally broadcast on BBC and starred Michael Gambon

1985

Starred in "A Chorus of Disapproval" at the National Theatre and "The Corn is Green" at the Old Vic

Bonus Trivia

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"The actor's history in England is theater, and the actor's history in America is film. For better or worse, there's a difference there. I'm not saying that one is better than the other." – Staunton quoted to Venice magazine, November 2004

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Staunton was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 New Year's Honours List for her services to drama.

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