Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton


1/9/1956, Archway, London, England

Birth Name

Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton


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Imelda Staunton was born January 9th 1956 in Archway, London. She is one of Britain's most versatile actresses, and she has performed on the stage and screen for over thirty years.

She attended La Sainte Union Convent in London where from a young age she was…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1999 Imelda won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Shakespeare In Love. In 2005 she was nominated for a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Vera Drake.

    • In May 2005, she appeared on the cult Radio Four show 'Desert Island Disks.' Some of the records she chose were by Elvis, Donnie Lonagon, Edith Piaf and Bette Midler.

    • She married actor Jim Carter in 1985.

    • Her mother was a hairdresser.

    • Imelda was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, in 2005 for her portrayal of Vera Drake.

    • She appeared in Emma Thompson's critically panned 1988 comedy show 'Thompson.'

    • Imelda provided the voice of Bunty in the 2000 Nick Park animation 'Chicken Run.'

    • In the 2005 Christmas edition of the British comedy Little Britain, Imelda appeared as caustic, no nonsense carer Mrs. Mead to Matt Lucas' 'paraplegic' Andy.

    • She played the Nurse in 'Shakespeare In Love', the 1998 smash hit film adaptation of Tom Stoppard's play starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes. Her husband, Jim Carter, also appears in the film.

    • In Emma Thompson's adaptation of Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility, Imelda played talkative Charlotte Palmer. Her husband was played by Hugh Laurie (House). They also played husband and wife when they appeared together in Kenneth Branagh's 'Peter's Friends.'

    • In the 2006 Honours List, Imelda was awarded an O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire.)

    • Her daughter is called Bessie. She was born in 1993.

    • Imelda played Nurse White in the 1986 award winning adaptation of Dennis Potter's novel 'The Singing Detective.' Her husband, Jim Carter, also appeared in the series.

    • In 2005, Imelda played Mother in a BBC adaptation of conservationist Gerald Durrell's autobiography 'My Family And Other Animals.'

    • She played grieving mother and jingle writer Mary in Kenneth Branagh's 1993 film 'Peter's Friends.' Her co-stars included Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Rita Rudner.

    • In 1991, she won a Laurence Olivier Best Actress Award for Best Actress in A Musical for her performance in 'Into The Woods.'

    • Imelda won a Best Supporting Actress Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in a stage production of 'The Corn is Green.'

    • She won a Best Actress award in 2005 at the Venice Film Festival for her performance as Vera Drake.

    • Imelda played Mary, the lusty maid in Kenneth Branagh's 1993 adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing.' Her co-stars included, Keanu Reeves, Denzel Washington and Emma Thompson.

    • In 2005, Imelda appeared in Emma Thompson's film 'Nanny McPhee.' She played a disgruntled cook, Mrs. Blatherwick.

    • Imelda trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She studies alongside Alan Rickman, Juliet Stephenson and Timothy Spall.

    • In 2004, Imelda starred in the title role of Mike Leigh's controversial film 'Vera Drake.' She was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance as the 1950's illegal abortionist.

  • Quotes

    • Imelda: I adore Bette Davis and Vivien Leigh, but more because they were good actresses. That's what makes me interested in them, that they didn't present themselves as idols; they were just doing their jobs.

    • Imelda: Hopefully they don't recognize me on the street because I'm so tall and glamorous, obviously!

    • Imelda: Because I spent a lot of time in rep being OK, being very bad, and then being quite good. And I could practice my craft.

    • Imelda: Agents and producers have to get you into a box to accommodate their limited imaginations.

  • Imelda Staunton is a well established actress, although i fear underapreciated by the young people nowadays.

    She has the wonderful ability to play a character which you deteste so much, for example Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix or the mean nurse in the Singing Detective, but at the end of the production you can't help but liking imelda herself! I recently saw her on stage in Entertaining Mr Sloane, Trafalgar Studios along with Matt Horne (Gavin and Stacey). She was brilliant, she had the audience's full attention and managed to keep a straight face and fully composed in some of the most difficult and embarrassing scenes. She won a well deserved Oscar (for best actress) for her phenomanal performance in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, this was some of the best acting I have seen in my life she created the atmosphere and emotional intensity.moreless
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    Her performance in Harry Potter was simply one of the best I have ever seen. She simply made me hate her character so much, just as it was intended. She was really great.