Celia Imrie

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.

As Sybil Thorndike in Plague Over England at the Duchess Theatre
Production Photo by Keith Patterson

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
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  


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