Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton, CBE was born in London in 1956 where she 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 (1982) where she was nominated a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in theatre. For her role as Lucy Lockit. She then appeared in National Theatre’s Guys and Dolls in 1982, 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. She later played Dorothy in Barbican’s The Wizard of OZ, which earned her an Olivier nomination. Her second Olivier Award win was for her performance in Into The Wood’s as Bakers Wife. More 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 where she received Olivier nominations for Best Actress in a Play. Staunton’s roles as Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd opposite Michael Ball and as Rose in Gypsy at the Savoy theatre earned her 5 star reviews as well as the Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical. In 2001 Staunton also starred alongside Mark Rylance in Life x3 at the Old Vic.

Staunton is perhaps, best known for her roles in feature films, namely as Dolores Umbridge in J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter film series. For her role in Vera Drake (2004) she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Venic Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actress, as well as being nominated for the Golden Globe, Academy Award among others. Other well-known roles include Mrs Blatherwick in Nanny McPhee (2005) and Hefina Headon in Pride (2014). The latter earned her BAFTA nomination.

In February 2017 she returns to the West End to play Martha in Edward Albee's Who's Afriad of Virgina Woolf? at the Harold Pinter Theatre, opposite Conleth Hill as George. 

 

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha Harold Pinter 2017 News
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 Wood's Baker's Wife Phoenix 1990  
Uncle Vanya Sonia Vaudeville 1988  

 

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