Alison Steadman

Biography

Alison Steadman OBE (born 26 August 1946) is an English actress. She established her career with roles such as Beverley in Abigail's Party and Candice Marie in Nuts in May for the director Mike Leigh, to whom she was once married. In addition to her stage and radio work, she has had lead roles in The Singing Detective, Pride and Prejudice and Gavin and Stacey. In 1992 she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Mari in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice Stage work Having left the East 15 Acting School in Loughton, Steadman worked in various regional repertory theatres, starting at Lincoln, where her first role was that of the seductive schoolgirl Sandy in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She created the role of the monstrous Beverly in Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, which she reprised with the original cast on television. Steadman also appeared in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Hotel Paradiso, and others in locations as diverse as the Royal Court, the Theatre Royal,[disambiguation needed ] the Old Vic, the Hampstead Theatre, the Nottingham Playhouse, the Everyman Liverpool and the National Theatre. She starred as Elmire in the 1983 RSC production of Molière's Tartuffe, which was adapted for BBC television.[citation needed] In 2010, Steadman was cast as Madame Arcati in a revival of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, which was scheduled for a national tour from November 2010 to March 2011.[5] Film Steadman has appeared in many films, including Shirley Valentine, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Confetti, Clockwise, P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang, Wilt, A Private Function, Life Is Sweet and Topsy Turvy. Television Steadman's television work includes Fat Friends as Betty, Grumpy Old Women, Stressed Eric, Let Them Eat Cake, The Singing Detective, No Bananas, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years as Pauline Mole, opposite James Bolam in the television film The Missing Postman and Pride and Prejudice as Mrs. Bennet. In 1991 she also appeared as Lauren Patterson in Gone to the Dogs, which was then followed up by Gone to Seed. Television productions directed by Leigh in which she has appeared include Nuts in May, Hard Labour and Abigail's Party. She also appeared in the BBC comedy The Worst Week of My Life. From 2007 to 2010 she appeared in the BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey as Pamela. She was also in Fanny Hill on BBC Four in 2007. Steadman starred with Myra Frances in Girl, a 1974 BBC play, containing the first lesbian kiss on British television.[6] Radio On radio, Steadman's talent for mimicry and character voices was given full rein in shows such as Week Ending, Castle's on the Air and The Worst Show on the Wireless, in both the latter of which she played the over-protective mother to Eli Woods' long-suffering Bunty/Precious. From 1982 to 1984 she joined Eli Woods and Eddie Braben (Morecambe and Wise's scriptwriter) in the UK radio show The Show with No Name for the 13 episodes, in what can be described as an updated version of Round the Horne comedy sketch show. More recently, since 2002, she has starred as Mrs Naughtie in the series Hamish and Dougal. In December 2009, she starred in the late Mike Stott's 'My Mad Grandad' on BBC Radio 4. - Wikipedia

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Birth Place

Liverpool, England, UK

Birth Date

8/26/1946
Known For
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Life is Sweet

Wendy

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Wilt

Eva Wilt

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Shirley Valentine

Jane

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Mike Leigh Collection, Vol. 2 (Bleak Moments / Nuts in May / Who's Who)

Candice Marie

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Kay Mellor's Fat Friends - Series 3

Betty Simpson (25 episodes, 2000-2005)

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P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang

Miss Land

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Santa's Last Christmas

Mrs Whatnot (voice)

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Stitch Head

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Better Man

Betty

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Lenny Henry - In Pieces

(4 episodes, 2003)

Starring In
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Stitch Head

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Better Man

Betty

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The King's Man

Rita

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23 Walks

Fern

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Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse

Dora

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Dad's Army

Mrs. Fox

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Burn Burn Burn

Diana

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In the Blood

Auntie Jean

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The Dinner Party

Juliet

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Christmas in Canaan

Kirsten Lindstrom 1 episode, 2007

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Confetti

Sam's Mum

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Grumpy Old Women - Series 1

Narrator (3 episodes, 2006)

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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Casting Agent

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Bob the Builder - Bob's White Christmas and Other Stories

(voice)

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Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale

Mrs. Meisling

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Kay Mellor's Fat Friends - Series 3

Betty Simpson (25 episodes, 2000-2005)

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Lenny Henry - In Pieces

(4 episodes, 2003)

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Topsy-Turvy

Madame Leon

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Santa's Last Christmas

Mrs Whatnot (voice)

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Secrets & Lies

Dog Owner

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Blame It On The Bellboy

Rosemary Horton

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Gone to Seed

Hilda (6 episodes, 1992)

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Life is Sweet

Wendy

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Shirley Valentine

Jane

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Wilt

Eva Wilt

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Daisy

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Stormy Monday

Mayor

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Clockwise

Gwenda Stimpson

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A Private Function

Mrs. Allardyce

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Champions

Mary Hussey

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P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang

Miss Land

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Mike Leigh Collection, Vol. 2 (Bleak Moments / Nuts in May / Who's Who)

Candice Marie

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