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Also Known As: Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton Died:
Born: January 9, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, singer, comedian

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After years of toiling in supporting roles, often taking whatever came her way, actress Imelda Staunton finally received the chance to display her considerable talents when she starred as the titular character in director Mike Leigh's period drama, "Vera Drake" (2004), a role that earned the British thespian a nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. Prior to her critical success on both sides of the pond, Staunton worked hard to gain prominence in her native England, spending almost three decades in small supporting roles on stage, television and in film. Though she considered herself a serious actress, Staunton relied on song and dance in the early days of her career, establishing a small degree of success for her leading role in "Guys and Dolls." Over the course of the theatre portion of her career, she managed to win several Olivier Awards, though she found her transition to the screen slow and arduous. But with "Vera Drake," Staunton blew the Hollywood doors wide open, leading to bigger and better roles in films like "Nanny McPhee" (2006), "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), proving that talent always wins out in the end no matter how...

After years of toiling in supporting roles, often taking whatever came her way, actress Imelda Staunton finally received the chance to display her considerable talents when she starred as the titular character in director Mike Leigh's period drama, "Vera Drake" (2004), a role that earned the British thespian a nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. Prior to her critical success on both sides of the pond, Staunton worked hard to gain prominence in her native England, spending almost three decades in small supporting roles on stage, television and in film. Though she considered herself a serious actress, Staunton relied on song and dance in the early days of her career, establishing a small degree of success for her leading role in "Guys and Dolls." Over the course of the theatre portion of her career, she managed to win several Olivier Awards, though she found her transition to the screen slow and arduous. But with "Vera Drake," Staunton blew the Hollywood doors wide open, leading to bigger and better roles in films like "Nanny McPhee" (2006), "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), proving that talent always wins out in the end no matter how long the struggle.

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 Maleficent (2014)
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 Girl, The (2012)
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 Arthur Christmas (2011)
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 Another Year (2010)
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 Taking Woodstock (2009)
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1985:
Starred in "A Chorus of Disapproval" at the National Theatre and "The Corn is Green" at the Old Vic
1986:
Played Nurse White in Dennis Potter's "The Singing Detective"; the award-winning series was originally broadcast on BBC and starred Michael Gambon
1987:
Played Dorothy in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "The Wizard of Oz"; earned an Olivier Award nomination
1988:
Performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Sonya in Michael Blakemore's production of "Uncle Vanya"
1990:
Cast as the Baker's Wife in the original London production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods"
1992:
Starred in Kenneth Branagh's "Peter's Friends"
1993:
Co-starred in Kenneth Branagh's film production of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"
1995:
Played Charlotte Palmer in Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility"
1996:
Starred opposite Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn in Sam Mendes' production of "Habeas Corpus" at the Donmar Warehouse
1996:
Portrayed Maria in a film adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"
1996:
Starred as Miss Adelaide in Richard Eyre's production of "Guys and Dolls" at the National Theatre
1998:
Portrayed the nurse in the Oscar-winning film "Shakespeare in Love"
1999:
Teamed with Bob Hoskins to play Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins Micawber in the BBC/Masterpiece Theatre miniseries "David Copperfield"
2000:
Took on a daring role in "Rat," playing the wife of a pub-crawling Irishman who turns into a rodent; although the film was a critical success, it never made it to theaters, going instead straight to video
2002:
Cast as the tough female detective in the BBC's hit drama "Murder"
2004:
Starred in "Vera Drake" as a woman who illegally helps women induce miscarriages in 1950s England; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress
2006:
Co-starred with Emma Thompson and Colin Firth in "Nanny McPhee"; also scripted by Emma Thompson
2007:
Co-starred with Hilary Swank in "Freedom Writers," a drama directed by Richard LaGravenese
2007:
Cast as Dolores Umbridge, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, in the fifth Harry Potter picture "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
2008:
Co-starred in the British comedy "A Bunch of Amateurs"
2009:
Re-teamed with director Ang Lee to star in "Taking Woodstock"
2007:
Featured in the acclaimed miniseries "Cranford" (PBS)
2010:
Reprised role of Dolores Umbridge in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"
2011:
Voiced the character of Mrs. Santa in the animated feature "Arthur Christmas"
2012:
Voiced Queen Victoria in the animated adventure "Pirates! Band of Misfits"
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Education

La Sainte Union Catholic Secondary School: -
University of Cambridge: Cambridge , England -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1974 - 1976

Notes

"The actor's history in England is theater, and the actor's history in America is film. For better or worse, there's a difference there. I'm not saying that one is better than the other."---Imelda Staunton quoted to Venice, November 2004.

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husband:
Jim Carter. Actor. Appeared together in "Shakespeare in Love".

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