Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton

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    • January 9th, 1956
Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton, CBE (born 9 January 1956) is an English stage and screen actress. She is best known for her performances in the British comedy television series Up the Garden Path and the films Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Vera Drake. For the latter, she drew widespread critical acclaim as Vera Drake, earning her a Best Actress Oscar nomination and a number of wins including the BAFTA and Venice Film Festival Awards for best actress in a leading role. Staunton was born in Archway, North London, the only child of Bridie, a hairdresser, and Joseph Staunton, a road-worker and labourer. The family lived over Staunton's mother's hair dressing salon while Staunton’s father worked on the roads. Staunton met her husband, English actor Jim Carter, in Richard Eyre's landmark early Eighties production of Guys And Dolls at the National Theatre. They have a daughter, Bessie, born 1993. Staunton lives with her family in West Hampstead, northwest London, and is long time friends with actor Stephen Fry, actor Hugh Laurie and actress Emma Thompson, her neighbor.

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Acting (51 Credits)

2020Amulet as Sister Claire
2020Flesh and Blood (2020) as Mary Bennett
2020Trying as Penny
2019Downton Abbey as Maud Bagshaw
2019Maleficent: Mistress of Evil as Knotgrass
2019A Confession as Karen Edwards
2017Finding Your Feet as Sandra Abbott
2017Harry Potter: A History of Magic as NarratorWatch Free
2017Paddington 2 as Aunt Lucy (voice)
2014Pride as Hefina
2014Maleficent as Knotgrass
2014Paddington as Aunt Lucy (voice)
2012The Pirates! Band of Misfits as Queen Victoria (voice)
2012The Girl as Alma Hitchcock
2012London: The Modern Babylon as Spoken Quotations (voice)
2011The Awakening as Maud Hill
2011Arthur Christmas as Mrs Santa (voice)
2010Another Year as Janet
2010Alice in Wonderland as Tall Flower Faces (voice)
2010Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as Dolores Umbridge
2009Taking Woodstock as Sonia Teichberg
2008A Deal Is a Deal as Rosemary Cassidy
2008A Bunch of Amateurs as Mary
2007Freedom Writers as Margaret Campbell
2007How About You as Hazel Nightingale
2007Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as Dolores Umbridge
2006Shadow Man as Ambassador CochranWatch Free
2006The Wind in the Willows as Barge Lady
2006Guilty Hearts as Naomi
2005My Family and Other Animals as Mother
2005Nanny McPhee as Mrs. Blatherwick
2005Fingersmith as Mrs. Sucksby
2004Vera Drake as Vera Drake
2003Blackball as Bridget
2003I'll Be There as Dr. Bridget
2003Bright Young Things
2001Crush as Janine
2001Another Life as Ethel GraydonWatch Free
2000Rat as Conchita Flynn
2000Chicken Run as Bunty (voice)
1999David Copperfield (1999) as Mrs. Micawber
1998Shakespeare in Love as Nurse
1996Twelfth Night as Maria
1995Citizen X as Mrs. Burakov
1995Sense and Sensibility as Charlotte Jennings Palmer
1993Much Ado About Nothing as Margaret
1992Peter's Friends as Mary Charleston
1986Comrades as Betsy Loveless
1986The Singing Detective as Staff Nurse White


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