Imelda Staunton On Stage - Theatre Credits, Bio and Tickets

Imelda Staunton

Born in London in 1956, Imelda Staunton trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she trained alongside Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall and graduated in 1976.

She started her London theatre career at the National Theatre in The Beggar’s Opera, receiving an Olivier Award for best actress in a musical. She then appeared in the National Theatre’s production of Guys and Dolls in the same year, later reprising the role in 1995, alongside Sharon D. Clarke, where she was also nominated for the Olivier Award.

She won her first Laurence Olivier Award in 1985 for her performances in The Corn is Green and A Chorus of Disapproval, later starring as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Into the Woods as the Baker's Wife, earning her an Olivier for best actress in a musical.

Further notable works include her role as Sonya in Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theatre, Kath in Entertaining Mr Sloane at Trafalgar Studios and Good People.

Away from the West End, Staunton has starred on the silver screen, notably winning a BAFTA award for best actress in a leading role in Vera Drake and starring as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter film series. 

In recent years, Staunton has become a tour-de-force of musical theatre and is the current record-holder for the most Olivier Awards in a best actress in a musical category, winning Olivier Awards for her performances as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre and Mama Rose in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre.

In 2017, Staunton starred in two revivals, playing Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Harold Pinter Theatre and Sally Plummer in the National Theatre's revival of Follies. For Follies, Staunton received her eighth best actress in a musical nomination. 

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

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Follies Sally Durrant National Theatre 2017 Review
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha Harold Pinter 2017 Review
Gypsy Momma Rose Savoy 2015 Review
Good People Margaret Noel Coward 2014  
Good People Margaret Hampstead 2014 Review
Sweeney Todd Nellie Lovett Adelphi  2012 Review
A Delicate Balance Claire Almeida 2011 Review
Entertaining Mr. Sloane   Trafalgar Studios One 2009 Review
There Came A Gypsy Riding Margaret Almeida 2007 Review
Calico Nora Barnacle Duke of York's 2004 Review
Life x 3 Ines Old Vic 2001 Review
Habeas Corpus Mrs Swabb Donmar Warehouse 1996 Review
Guys and Dolls Miss Adelaide Olivier  1996 Review
Into The Woods Baker's Wife Phoenix 1990  
Uncle Vanya Sonia Vaudeville 1988  


Previous shows Featuring Imelda Staunton

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Talking Heads 2020 The Bridge Theatre 2020
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