Imelda Staunton



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Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton is an English 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.

Film Credits

Downton Abbey (2019)
as Lady Bagshaw
Finding Your Feet (2017)
as Sandra Abbott
National Theatre Live: Follies (2017)
as Sally Durant Plummer
Paddington 2 (2017)
as Aunt Lucy (voice)
Harry Potter - A History Of Magic (2017)
as Narrator
National Theatre Live: Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2017)
as Martha
Gypsy: Live from the Savoy Theatre (2015)
as Rose
That Day We Sang (2014)
as Enid
Victoria Wood - That Musical We Made (2014)
Paddington (2014)
as Aunt Lucy (voice)
Pride (2014)
as Hefina
Maleficent (2014)
as Knotgrass
Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time (2013)
as Shrew (voice)
The Girl (2012)
as Alma Hitchcock
London: The Modern Babylon (2012)
as Quotations spoken by
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)
as Queen Victoria (voice)
The Awakening (2011)
as Maud Hill
Arthur Christmas (2011)
as Mrs. Santa (voice)
Another Year (2010)
as Janet
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
as Dolores Umbridge
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
as Tall Flower Faces (voice)
Cranford: Return to Cranford (2010)
as Miss Octavia Pole
Taking Woodstock (2009)
as Sonia Teichberg
A Bunch of Amateurs (2008)
as Mary
Three and Out (2008)
as Rosemary Cassidy
Clay (2008)
as Mary Doonan
Cranford (2007)
as Miss Octavia Pole
How About You... (2007)
as Hazel Nightingale
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
as Dolores Umbridge
Freedom Writers (2007)
as Margaret Campbell
The Wind in the Willows (2006)
as Barge Lady
Shadow Man (2006)
as Ambassador Cochran
Bill Douglas: Intent on Getting the Image (2006)
as Herself
Guilty Hearts (2006)
as Naomi
My Family and Other Animals (2005)
as Mother
Nanny McPhee (2005)
as Mrs. Blatherwick
Vera Drake (2004)
as Vera Drake
I'll Be There (2003)
as Dr. Bridget
Blackball (2003)
as Bridget
Bright Young Things (2003)
The Virgin of Liverpool (2003)
as Sylvia Conlon
Murder (2002)
as DCI Billie Dory
Crush (2001)
as Janine
Another Life (2001)
as Ethel Graydon
Rat (2001)
as Conchita Flynn
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings (2000)
Chicken Run (2000)
as Bunty (voice)
Jack and the Beanstalk (1999)
as Dilly
The Canterbury Tales (1998)
as The Prioress (voice)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
as Nurse
The Ugly Duckling (1997)
as Scruffy (voice)
Remember Me? (1997)
Twelfth Night (1996)
as Maria
The Adventures of Mole (1995)
as Voice
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
as Charlotte Jennings Palmer
Citizen X (1995)
as Mrs. Burakov
Mole's Christmas (1994)
as (voices)
Deadly Advice (1994)
as Beth Greenwood
Don't Leave Me This Way (1993)
as Bridget Bennet
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
as Margaret
Peter's Friends (1992)
as Mary Charleston
A Masculine Ending (1992)
as Bridget Bennet
Antonia and Jane (1990)
as Jane Hartman
Comrades (1987)
as Betsy Loveless
Easy Money (1982)
as Mary Price
The Canterville Ghost ()