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Alison Steadman is a Actor British born on 26 august 1946 at Liverpool (United-kingdom)

Alison Steadman

Alison Steadman
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 26 august 1946 (74 years) at Liverpool (United-kingdom)
Awards Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Alison Steadman, OBE (born 26 August 1946) is an English actress. She won the 1991 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for the Mike Leigh film Life is Sweet, and the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Mari in the original production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. In a 2007 Channel 4 poll, the "50 Greatest Actors" voted for by other actors, she was ranked No. 42.

Steadman made her professional stage debut in 1968 and went on to establish her career in Mike Leigh's 1970s TV plays Nuts in May (1976) and Abigail's Party (1977). She received BAFTA TV Award nominations for the 1986 BBC serial The Singing Detective, and in 2001 for the ITV drama series Fat Friends (2000-05). Other television roles include Pride and Prejudice (1995) and Gavin & Stacey (2007-10). Her other film appearances include A Private Function (1984), Clockwise (1986) Shirley Valentine (1989), Topsy Turvy (1999) and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004).


In Manchester in 1972, shooting his television film Hard Labour, director Mike Leigh drove over to Liverpool to see Ted Whitehead's play The Foursome, (Steadman was in the Liverpool Everyman cast). He asked Steadman to be in his film. "During the preparation of the film, Mike and Alison, as they both say, 'got together.' " They married in 1973 and had two sons, Toby (born February 1978) and Leo (born August 1981). The couple separated in 1995 and divorced in 2001.

Steadman's present partner is Michael Elwyn and the couple live in Highgate, London.

Steadman and other celebrities, including Tom Hiddleston, Jo Brand, E. L. James and Rachel Riley, designed and signed cards for the UK-based charity Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. The campaign was launched by crafting company Stampin’ Up! UK and the cards were auctioned off on eBay during May 2014.

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Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(6 films)
Bill Paterson
Bill Paterson
(4 films)
Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
(4 films)
Liz Smith
Liz Smith
(3 films)
Mike Figgis
Mike Figgis
(1 films)
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Filmography of Alison Steadman (26 films)

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The King's Man
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Origin USA
Genres War, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Children's films
Actors Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Rhys Ifans, Gemma Arterton, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Roles Guenièvre

Durant la Première Guerre mondiale, plusieurs hommes participent à la création de l'agence d'espionnage britannique Kingsman.
Dad's Army
Dad's Army (2016)

Directed by Oliver Parker
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Military humor in film, Political films
Actors Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Bill Paterson, Daniel Mays
Roles Mrs. Fox
Rating51% 2.597122.597122.597122.597122.59712
En 1944, alors que la Seconde Guerre mondiale touche à sa fin, un groupe de soldats de la Home Guard, mené par le Capitaine Mainwaring (Toby Jones), et basé à Walmington-on-Sea, accumule les déboires. C'est alors que la journaliste Rose Winters (Catherine Zeta-Jones) arrive en ville pour écrire un article sur ce petit groupe de soldats. Parallèlement, on apprend qu'un espion nazi sévit dans les environs.
Burn Burn Burn
Directed by Chanya Button
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Laura Carmichael, Chloe Pirrie, Chloe Pirrie, Joe Dempsie, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Alison Steadman
Roles Diana
Rating69% 3.495693.495693.495693.495693.49569
Après la mort de leur ami, deux jeunes femmes, Seph et Alex, se lancent dans un voyage sur les routes pour répandre ses cendres.
Fanny Hill
Fanny Hill (2007)
, 1h46
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Rebecca Night, Alison Steadman, Hugo Speer, Samantha Bond, Carli Norris, Emma Stansfield
Roles Mrs. Brown
Rating64% 3.245943.245943.245943.245943.24594
Dans l'Angleterre du XVIII siècle, Fanny Hill, une jeune femme orpheline originaire du Lancashire, accepte la proposition de son amie Esther Davies de la rejoindre à Londres. Celle-ci travaille dans la maison close de madame Brown, qui engage aussitôt Fanny. Lors de sa première nuit à Londres, la jeune femme, qui pense avoir été embauchée en tant que servante, en apprend un peu plus sur ce qu'on attend d'elle. Phoebe, qui partage sa chambre, lui révèle la nature exacte de leurs activités. Le lendemain, Fanny est confrontée à son premier client, monsieur Crofts...
Confetti (2006)
, 1h40
Directed by Debbie Isitt
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Documentary, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Felicity Montagu, Jimmy Carr, Jessica Hynes, Martin Freeman, Olivia Colman, Stephen Mangan
Roles Sam's Mum
Rating57% 2.8517152.8517152.8517152.8517152.851715
The prestigious bridal magazine Confetti, owned by the flippant, breezy Antoni Clarke (Jimmy Carr) and managed by the long-suffering, uptight chief editor Vivienne (Felicity Montagu) is holding a competition to see who can hold the most original wedding, with the winners being presented with a new house and a cover shoot for the magazine. Three couples and their proposals are selected to participate: Sam and Matt (Jessica Stevenson and Martin Freeman), a good-natured couple of old-fashioned romantics who have elected to hold their wedding in the style of Busby Berkeley musicals of the 1930s and 1940s, despite the fact that Sam can barely hold a tune; Isabelle and Josef (Meredith MacNeill and Stephen Mangan), a pair of hyper-competitive professional tennis players holding a tennis-themed wedding; and Joanna and Michael (Olivia Colman and Robert Webb), a naturist couple who intend to hold their wedding entirely naked. All three weddings are planned using the services of Gregory and Archie (Vincent Franklin and Jason Watkins), wedding planners and partners in both business and love.
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, 2h2
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about films, Films about television
Actors Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron, Emily Watson, John Lithgow, Miriam Margolyes, Peter Vaughan
Roles Casting Agent
Rating68% 3.448853.448853.448853.448853.44885
The film shows Peter Sellers as a complex and tormented genius, whose success as a film star concealed his difficult and relatively unhappy private life. This "troubled life" is the primary focus of this biopic, which personalizes "one of the greatest comic actors in the history of the British cinema," and shows the many masks he wore and characters he played as an actor.
The Singing Detective
Directed by Jon Amiel, Keith Gordon
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical, Crime
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Robert Downey Jr., Michael Gambon, Jim Carter, Robin Wright, David Dorfman, Mel Gibson
Rating55% 2.750382.750382.750382.750382.75038
Dan Dark, écrivain rongé par une lente maladie dégénérative du cerveau, ne peut trouver la guérison qu'en s'immergeant dans un monde onirique qu'il a créé pour les besoins de l'un de ses ouvrages. Toutefois ce monde onirique s'insinue au fil du temps dans le monde réel.
Ivor the Invisible, 22minutes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Animation
Actors Jane Horrocks, Timothy Spall, Alison Steadman, Archie Panjabi, David Haig
Roles Auntie Barbara (voice)
Rating59% 2.9789352.9789352.9789352.9789352.978935
One morning, a schoolboy named John awakes to find an invisible giant sitting at the foot of his bed. John names him Ivor and soon the giant is playing tricks around the house: squirting John's father with a garden hose, disturbing the laundry hanging on the clothesline, and stealing food. Ivor can create music, and later he gives John an invisible seesaw ride in the park.
Topsy-Turvy, 2h40
Directed by Mike Leigh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Eleanor David, Dexter Fletcher
Roles Madame Leon
Rating72% 3.647183.647183.647183.647183.64718
On the opening night of Princess Ida at the Savoy Theatre in January 1884, composer Sir Arthur Sullivan (Allan Corduner), who is ill from kidney disease, is barely able to make it to the theatre to conduct. He goes on a holiday to Continental Europe hoping that the rest will improve his health. While he is away, ticket sales and audiences at the Savoy Theatre wilt in the hot summer weather. Producer Richard D'Oyly Carte (Ron Cook) has called on Sullivan and the playwright W. S. Gilbert (Jim Broadbent) to create a new piece for the Savoy, but it is not ready when Ida closes. Until a new piece can be prepared, Carte revives an earlier Gilbert and Sullivan work, The Sorcerer.
The Snow Queen's Revenge, 1h5
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Musical films, Children's films
Actors Julia McKenzie, Ellie Beaven, Rik Mayall, Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, Elizabeth Spriggs
Roles Pearl
Rating58% 2.919842.919842.919842.919842.91984
The plot is picking up where the previous film left off. After the evil Snow Queen was defeated and frozen solid, Dimly the flying reindeer arrives back at the village with Ellie, her brother Tom, and Peeps the sparrow. By now it is almost spring. Back at the Queen's palace, her now uncontrolled three trolls, Eric, Baggy and Wardrobe, prepare for Dimly to take Freda back to the flying school and return for the trolls. As the trolls try to figure out where to go, the Snow Queen's bats take her magic staff and place it in her hand, setting her free moments after Dimly returns. The furious Queen decides to kidnap Dimly so Ellie will come to her and she can get her revenge. She moves with Dimly and the trolls to the South Pole, as it is now too warm in the North Pole.
Secrets & Lies, 2h15
Directed by Mike Leigh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about adoption, Films about children, Films about families
Actors Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Claire Rushbrook, Liz Smith
Roles Woman with dog
Rating79% 3.997473.997473.997473.997473.99747
The film tells the story of Hortense Cumberbatch, a successful black middle class optometrist in London, who is adopted and has chosen to trace her family history after the death of her adoptive mother. After being warned by public officials about the troubles she could face by tracking her birth mother down, she continues her investigation and is baffled to learn that her birth mother is white but does not resent her and wants to know more about her past. Her birth mother, Cynthia Purley, is working class and downwardly mobile. Hortense meets her and later meets Cynthia's brother, Maurice Purley, a photographer, his wife Monica, and Cynthia's daughter Roxanne, a street cleaner.
Pride and Prejudice (1995 TV series), 5h27
Directed by Simon Langton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Actors Jennifer Ehle, Colin Firth, Julia Sawalha, Alison Steadman, Benjamin Whitrow, Susannah Harker
Roles Mrs. Bennet
Rating87% 4.399284.399284.399284.399284.39928
Episode 1 – Mr Charles Bingley, a rich man from the north of England, settles down at Netherfield estate near Meryton village in Hertfordshire for the autumn. Mrs Bennet, unlike her husband, is excited at the prospect of marrying off one of her five daughters (Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia) to the newcomer. Bingley takes an immediate liking to Jane at a local country-dance, while his best friend Mr Darcy, rumoured to be twice as rich, refuses to stand up with anyone including Elizabeth. Elizabeth's poor impression of his character is confirmed at a later gathering at Lucas Lodge and she and Darcy verbally clash on the two nights she spends at Netherfield caring for the sick Jane.
Blame It on the Bellboy, 1h18
Directed by Mark Herman
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Dudley Moore, Bryan Brown, Richard Griffiths, Patsy Kensit, Andreas Katsulas, Bronson Pinchot
Roles Rosemary Horton
Rating56% 2.80222.80222.80222.80222.8022
Three men board the same plane at Heathrow Airport bound for Venice: Melvyn Orton, a shy and unassuming clerk with an assignment of purchasing a house in Venice under penalty of losing his job; Mike Lawton, a hitman en route to Venice to kill his next mark, and Lord Maurice Horton, a rather large man who is mayor of a small city in the United Kingdom.
Life Is Sweet, 1h43
Directed by Mike Leigh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, BDSM in films
Actors Alison Steadman, Jim Broadbent, Claire Skinner, Jane Horrocks, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis
Roles Wendy
Rating74% 3.7460853.7460853.7460853.7460853.746085
Andy (Jim Broadbent), a senior chef in a large London catering facility, buys a dilapidated fast-food van from a disreputable acquaintance named Patsy (Stephen Rea). He plans to clean, restore and put it into service on a local fast-food round. Wendy, his hard-working, good-natured and innuendo-prone wife, (Alison Steadman) is sensibly sceptical about the project but understands her husband's ambitions. Their twin 22-year-old daughters (Natalie and Nicola) have profoundly different attitudes: tomboyish Natalie, who works as a plumber's mate (Claire Skinner), thinks it is a good idea if it will make her father happy, whereas the bitter, shut-in Nicola (Jane Horrocks), contemptuously and typically dismisses Andy as a "Capitalist!" Late at night, an anguished Nicola binges on chocolate and snacks, then forces herself to vomit. Natalie – awake in the next room – overhears her.
Wilt (1989)
, 1h32
Directed by Mel Smith
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith, Alison Steadman, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Diana Quick, Jeremy Clyde
Roles Eva
Rating62% 3.10163.10163.10163.10163.1016
Henry Wilt is a community studies teacher at a poorly funded college where most of the pupils seem to be fairly apathetic to learning. Eva Wilt, his wife, is interested in the spiritual aspects of martial arts, Transcendental Meditation and similar pursuits. Eva's disdain for Henry's interest in reading adds to his general frustration at work, including being turned down for a promotion again, and leads him to occasionally fantasize about killing her. Her 'Yuppie' friends, Hugh Westroper and his beautiful, glamorous wife Sally, only exacerbate his alienation from her world by talking disparagingly about teaching as a profession and about his car.