Imelda Staunton

Biography

Date of Birth 9 January 1956, London, England, UK Birth Name Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton Height 5' (1.52 m) Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton OBE (born on January 9, 1956) is an Academy Award-nominated English actress. She is best-known for playing the title role in the Oscar-nominated Vera Drake and Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Staunton was born in Archway, North London to Bridie (née McNicholas), a hairdresser, and Joseph Staunton, a road-worker and labourer. Both of her parents are first-generation Catholic immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland, with her father coming from Ballyvary and her mother from Bohola. She attended La Sainte Union Convent School, an all girls catholic school on the edge of Hampstead Heath, from years 7 to 11. Staunton is married to the English actor Jim Carter and they have a daughter, Bessie, born 1993. Staunton trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, then spent six years in English repertory, including a period at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter where she had the title role in Shaw's Saint Joan (1979), before moving back to London. She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 New Year's Honours List for her services to drama. One of her first films was an appearance in the 1992 movie Peter's Friends. Other early roles include performances in Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Sense and Sensibility (1995) Twelfth Night (1996) , Chicken Run (2000), Another Life (2001) and Bright Young Things (2003). Staunton shared a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Performance by a Cast in 1998 for Shakespeare in Love. In 2004, she received the Best Actress honours at the European Film Awards, the BAFTAs, and the Venice Film Festival for her performance of the title role in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, which also won Best Picture. For the same role, she received Best Actress nominations for the 2005 Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Staunton portrayed Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). Staunton has stated that her first job was a play by Goldoni. In 2007, she opened on stage in Frank McGuinness's There Came a Gypsy Riding. She is a three-time recipient of the Olivier Award, Britain's highest theatre honour, for roles in A Chorus of Disapproval (1985), The Corn Is Green (1985), and Into the Woods (1991), and was nominated for her performance as Miss Adelaide in the 1996 revival of Guys and Dolls at The National Theatre.

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Birth Name

Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton

Birth Place

Archway, Londres, Reino Unido

Birth Date

1/9/1956
Known For
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Nanny McPhee

Mrs. Blatherwick

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Much Ado About Nothing

Margaret

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Vera Drake

Vera

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Taking Woodstock

Sonia Teichberg

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Shadow Man

Ambassador Cochran

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Finding Your Feet

Sandra

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Crush

Janine

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Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Herself - Narrator (voice)

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Amulet

Sister Claire

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Three and Out

Rosemary Cassidy

Starring In
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The Canterville Ghost

Mrs. Umney

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Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

Self (archive footage)

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Downton Abbey: A New Era

Maud Bagshaw

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Amulet

Sister Claire

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Knotgrass

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Downton Abbey

Maud Bagshaw

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Finding Your Feet

Sandra

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Paddington 2

Aunt Lucy (voice)

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Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Herself - Narrator (voice)

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Gypsy: Live from the Savoy Theatre

Rose Hovick

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Paddington

Aunt Lucy (voice)

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Maleficent

Knotgrass

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Pride

Hefina

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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

Queen Victoria (voice)

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The Girl

Alma Reville Hitchcock

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Arthur Christmas

Mrs Santa (voice)

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The Awakening

Maud Hill

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Another Year

Janet

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Dolores Umbridge

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Alice in Wonderland

Tall Flower Faces (voice)

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Taking Woodstock

Sonia Teichberg

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Dolores Umbridge (voice) (uncredited)

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A Bunch Of Amateurs

Mary

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Three and Out

Rosemary Cassidy

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Dolores Umbridge

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Freedom Writers

Margaret Campbell

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The Wind in the Willows

Barge Lady

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Guilty Hearts

Naomi

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Shadow Man

Ambassador Cochran

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Subject Two

Margaret Campbell

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Shadow Man

Ambassador Cochran

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My Family and Other Animals

Mother

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Nanny McPhee

Mrs. Blatherwick

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Shakespeare Retold

Polly

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Vera Drake

Vera

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Little Britain - Abroad

Mrs. Mead (6 episodes, 2005)

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National Lampoon's Black Ball

Bridget

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Bright Young Things

Lady Brown

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Cambridge Spies

The Queen (2 episodes, 2003)

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I'll Be There

Dr. Bridget

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The Virgin of Liverpool

Sylvia Conlon

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Crush

Janine

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Another Life

Ethel Graydon

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Rat

Conchita Flynn

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Chicken Run

Bunty (voice)

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Victoria Wood - All The Trimmings

Herself

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Shakespeare in Love

Nurse

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Twelfth Night

Maria

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Sense and Sensibility

Charlotte Jennings Palmer

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Citizen X

Mrs. Burakova

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The Snow Queen

Ivy / Angorra (voice)

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The Wind in the Willows

Mother Squirrel (voice)

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Deadly Advice

Beth Greenwood

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Mole's Christmas

Mother (voice)

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Much Ado About Nothing

Margaret

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Peter's Friends

Mary Charleston

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The Heat of the Day

Louie

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Comrades

Betsy Loveless

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