Following the official opening of The Old Vic's new production of King Lear starring double Academy Award-w...
Celia Imrie was born in 1952 in Guildford, Surrey. She attended the Guildford School of Acting. She is best known for her collaborations with Victoria Wood, with whom she has appeared in a number of TV programmes including Dinnerladies and Victoria Wood As Seen On TV, in which she played the infamous role of Miss Babs in a parody of British soap opera Crossroads. In 2005, the show became a West End musical with Imrie reprising her role. She won an Olivier Award for her performance.
Imrie made her stage debut in 2005, in Unsuspecting Susan, shown in the US. She played a role in Plague Over England in 2009 on the West End, receiving extremely positive reviews for her role. The following year, she appeared in The Rivals, a Sheridan production. In 2010, she played the role of Margaret in Polar Bears, shown at the Donmar Warehouse. The following year, she played a role in Noises Off at the Old Vic Theatre, later moved to the Novello Theatre.
In May 2016, it was announced that Imrie would be teaming up with the likes of Glenda Jackson and Jane Horrocks later in the year in a revival of Shakespeare’s classic, King Lear, showing at the Old Vic Theatre.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|King Lear||Goneril||Old Vic||2016||News|
|Noises Off||Dotty||Old Vic / Novello||2011||Review|
|Hayfever||Judith Bliss||Rose Theatre||2010|
|Polar Bears||Margaret||Donmar Warehouse||2010||Review|
|The Rivals||Mrs Malaprop||Southwark Playhouse||2010||Review|
|Mixed Up North||Trish||Wilton's Music Hall||2009|
|Plague Over England||Sybil Thorndike||Duchess||2009||Review|
|Acorn Antiques - The Musical||Miss Babs||Royal Haymarket||2005||Review|
|The Way of the World||Lady Wishfort||Wilton's Music Hall||2003||Review|
|Unsuspecting Susan||Susan||King's Head||2003||Review|
|The School for Scandal||Mrs Candour||Barbican||1998|
|Dona Rosita||The Housekeeper||Almeida||1997|
|Habeas Corpus||Lady Rumpers||Donmar Warehouse||1996||Review|
|The Hothouse||Miss Cuts||Harold Pinter||1995|