Imelda Staunton is a Actor British born on 9 january 1956 at London (United-kingdom)
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Birth name Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette StauntonNationality United-kingdomBirth 9 january 1956
(65 years) at London (United-kingdom
Laurence Olivier Award, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton, (born 9 January 1956) is an English actress of stage and screen. Staunton trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and began her career in repertory theatre.
Since joining the National Theatre in 1982, she has performed in many plays and musicals in the UK. Staunton has been nominated for a total of eight Laurence Olivier Awards, winning two for Best Actress in a Musical in Into the Woods (1991) and in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2011) and one for Best Supporting Performance in her work in both A Chorus of Disapproval (1985) and The Corn is Green (1985). Other London stage roles include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (1982), Sonia in Uncle Vanya (1988), Claire in A Delicate Balance (2011) and Rose in Gypsy (2014).
Staunton drew critical acclaim for the title role in the 2004 film Vera Drake, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actress and earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Her other film roles include Mrs. Blatherwick in Nanny McPhee (2005), Dolores Jane Umbridge in two of the Harry Potter films (2007–2010) and Hefina Headon in Pride (2014), for which she received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. On television, she starred in the sitcoms Up the Garden Path (1990–1993) and Is it Legal? (1995–1998).
Staunton met her husband, English actor Jim Carter, in Richard Eyre's landmark early 1980s production of Guys And Dolls at the National Theatre. They have a daughter, Bessie, born in 1993. In 2007, the couple, together with Bessie, appeared in the BBC series Cranford (Carter was Captain Brown and Bessie a maid).
Staunton was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 New Year Honours for her services to drama.
Staunton owns a bitch (Molly) which appeared in Gypsy at the Chichester Festival Theatre from 6 October 8 November) as "Chowsie" the dog. Staunton played the leading role as "Momma Rose".