Celia, the daughter of David and Diana Imrie, was born on July 15th 1952. From a young age she had ambitions to be a dancer, but when she was unable to get accepted into ballet school she followed her other passion, acting. Celia has appeared on television, film and the stage.
Some of her most notable comedy roles were in television shows created by Victoria Wood
. They worked together during the mid-1980s on Victoria Wood As Seen On TV
where Celia quickly established herself in the role of Miss Babs, the antique shop owner, in the soap opera spoof Acorn Antiques
. They worked together again in the late 1990s when Celia co-starred in Dinnerladies
playing the uptight human resources officer Phillipa Moorcroft. She has been a noteable guest star in Jennifer Saunders' Absolutely Fabulous
and Rik Mayall’s New Statesman
Celia's perfomances have not been limited to the comedy genre. Her first leading television role was in 1981 playing cartographer Fiona Patterson in sci-fi / horror The Nightmare Man
. In 1993, she appeared in the popular BBC comedy - drama The Riff Raff Element
playing upper class Joanna Tundish. She has also guest starred in numerous detective shows such as Midsummer Murders, Poirot, Miss Marple, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
. In addition, she was a guest star, acting alongside Sir David Jason, in two episodes of The Darling Buds Of May
She has experienced great success on the stage. One of her first roles was as a stripper at the Royal Exchange in a play called Seduced
. Early in her career, she toured internationally with The Royal Shakespeare Company in a production of Sheridan’s School For Scandal
and starred alongside Dame Judy Dench. Also, Celia has starred in numerous productions by Glasgow’s Citizen’s Theatre.
In the late 1990s, Celia started to appear in feature films. In 1997 she starred in one of her first leading roles when she played Homily Clock in The Borrowers
opposite Oscar nominated Jim Broadbent and John Goodman. Since then she has co-starred films such as Calendar Girls
and Bridget Jones’ Diary
She is married and has one child.