Imelda Staunton play Delores Umbridge in the Harry Potter movies.
Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton, OBE (born 9 January 1956) is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for her performances in the British comedy television series Up the Garden Path, the Harry Potter film series (in which she plays Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge) and Vera Drake. She drew critical acclaim as Vera Drake, earning her a Best Actress Oscar nomination and a number of wins including the BAFTA and Venice Film Festival Awards for best actress in a leading role.
 Early life and education
Staunton was born in Archway, north London, the only child of Bridie (née McNicholas), a hairdresser, and Joseph Staunton, a road-worker and labourer. The family lived over Staunton's mother's hair dressing salon while Staunton’s father worked on the roads. Both of her parents were first-generation Catholic immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland, with her father coming from Ballyvary and her mother from Bohola. Staunton's mother was a musician who could not read music, but could master almost any tune by ear on the accordion or fiddle and had played in Irish showbands.
Staunton attended La Sainte Union Convent School, an all-girls Catholic school on the edge of Hampstead Heath, from years 11 to 17. Her talent was spotted by Jacqueline Stoker, her elocution teacher. Before long she was starring as Polly Peachum in a school production of The Beggar's Opera. Staunton studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
When she was 18, Staunton enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA),[dead link] and studied alongside Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Juliet Stevenson. She graduated two years later in 1976, 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). Staunton then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in 1982, moved on to the National Theatre. She has stated that her first job was a play by Goldoni. She is also known for her performance as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz for the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has had a long and distinguished career in the theatre, performing in such diverse plays as A Man for all Seasons, Mack & Mabel, Side by Side, and Elektra.
Staunton has twice received an Olivier Award, Britain's highest theatre honour, one in 1985 for roles in two productions: A Chorus of Disapproval and The Corn Is Green and one for the 1991 musical, Into the Woods. She was nominated for her performance as Miss Adelaide in the 1996 revival of Guys and Dolls at the National Theatre. More recently, she appeared in the premiere of Frank McGuinness's There Came a Gypsy Riding at the Almeida in 2007 and opened in 2009 in Entertaining Mr Sloane alongside Mathew Horne at the Trafalgar Studios.
Staunton's first big-screen role came in a 1986 Bill Douglas film, Comrades. She then appeared in the 1992 movie Peter's Friends. Other early roles include performances in Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Deadly Advice (1993), Sense and Sensibility (1995) Twelfth Night (1996), Chicken Run (2000), Another Life (2001), Bright Young Things (2003), Nanny McPhee (2005), Freedom Writers (2007) and How About You (2007).
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), a performance described as "coming close to stealing the show." She was nominated in the "British Actress in a Supporting Role" category at the London Film Critics Circle Awards. Staunton reprised her role as Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Recent film roles include 2008's A Bunch of Amateurs, in which she starred alongside Burt Reynolds, Derek Jacobi and Samantha Bond, and the character of Sonia Teichberg in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock (2009). She will play one of the lead roles in the upcoming ghost film The Awakenings.
In 1993, she appeared on television alongside Richard Briers and Adrian Edmondson in If You See God, Tell Him. She has had other television parts in The Singing Detective (1986), Midsomer Murders, and the comedy drama series Is It Legal? (1995-8), as well as A Bit of Fry and Laurie season 4, episode 3. She was a voice artist on Mole's Christmas (1994). She had a guest role playing Mrs. Mead in Little Britain in 2005, and in 2007 played the free-thinking gossip, Miss Pole, in Cranford, the five-part BBC series based on Mrs Gaskell's novels, and in the sequel to the series, Return to Cranford. She also supplies the voices of Ruby (a mouse) and Twiba (The Worm who lives in Big's Apple) in the Children's TV show Big & Small. In 2010, she appeared in the Halloween special of Psychoville as Grace Andrews, and became a recurring cast member in the second series (2011).
On radio, she has appeared in the title role of detective drama series Julie Enfield Investigates, as the lead, Izzy Comyn, in the comedy Up the Garden Path (which later moved to ITV with Staunton reprising the role), in Diary of a Provincial Lady (from 1999) and Acropolis Now.
She starred opposite Anna Massey in the post-WWII mystery series Daunt and Dervish, and opposite Patrick Barlow in The Patrick and Maureen Maybe Music Experience. She had also acted with Barlow in the TV series Is It Legal?
 Other work
 Personal life
Staunton met her husband, English actor Jim Carter, in Richard Eyre's landmark early Eighties production of Guys And Dolls at the National Theatre. They have a daughter, Bessie, born 1993. In 2007, the couple, together with Bessie, appeared in the BBC series Cranford (Carter was Captain Brown and Bessie a maid). Staunton lives with her family in West Hampstead, northwest London.
 Theatre work
- Waiting for Godot (Lucky, 1976), Birmingham Rep
- Hay Fever, Watermill, Newbury
- Grease, York Theatre Royal
- Henry V, Leeds Playhouse
- The Gingerbread Man, Leeds Playhouse
- Travesties (1978) Northcott Exeter
- A Man for All Seasons (1978) Northcott Exeter
- Elektra (Elektra, 1978) Northcott Exeter
- Dear Daddy (1978) Northcott Exeter
- Cinderella (1978) Northcott Exeter
- 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1978) Northcott Exeter:
- Macbeth (1978) Northcott Exeter
- Cabaret (1978) Northcott Exeter
- As You Like It (1978) Northcott Exeter
- Saint Joan (Saint Joan, 1979) Northcott Exeter
- The Beggar's Opera (1979) Northcott Exeter
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1979) Northcott Exeter
- Side by Side by Sondheim (1979) Northcott Exeter
Two seasons at the Nottingham Playhouse (1980-81?):
- Pam Gems' Piaf (Piaf) Nottingham Playhouse
- Mack and Mabel (Mabel) Nottingham Playhouse
- Mrs Warren's Profession, Nottingham Playhouse
- A Little Night Music, Nottingham Playhouse
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Theatre roles in London::
- Guys and Dolls (Mimi, Hotbox Girl, 1982), Royal National Theatre Olivier
- The Beggar's Opera (Lucy Lockit, 1982), Royal National Theatre Cottesloe
- Schweyk in the Second World War (Anna, 1982) National Olivier
- Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide, 1983) National Olivier
- A Mad World, My Masters (Janet Cloughton, 1984) Theatre Royal Stratford East
- Us Good Girls (Paulette, 1984) Soho Poly
- The Corn Is Green (Bessie Watty, 1985), Old Vic - Olivier award
- A Chorus of Disapproval (Hannah Llewellyn, 1985) National Olivier - Olivier award
- The Fair Maid of the West (Bess Bridges, 1987) RSC Mermaid Theatre
- They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Gloria Beatty, 1987) RSC Mermaid
- The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy, 1987) RSC Barbican Theatre
- Uncle Vanya (Sonya, 1988) Vaudeville Theatre
- The Lady and the Clarinet (Luba, 1989) The King's Head Theatre, Islington
- Into the Woods (Baker's Wife, 1990) Phoenix Theatre - Olivier award
- Rona Munro's Bold Girls (Cassie, 1991) Hampstead Theatre
- Tony Kushner's Slavs! (Bonfila, 1994) Hampstead Theatre
- Habeas Corpus (play) (Mrs Swabb, 1996) Donmar Warehouse
- Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide, 1996) National Olivier - Olivier nomination
- Divas at the Donmar: Imelda Staunton and Her Big Band (1–5 September 1998) Donmar Warehouse
- Yasmina Reza's Life X Three (Ines, 2000) National Cottesloe, then transferring to the Old Vic (2001)
- Michael Hastings' Calico (Nora Barnacle, 2004) Duke of York's Theatre
- Frank McGuinness's There Came a Gypsy Riding (Margaret, 2007) Almeida
- Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane (Kath, 2009) Trafalgar Studios
- Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance (Claire, 2011) Almeida Theatre
 Awards and nominations
- 1985 - Olivier Award, Winner, Outstanding Performance of the Year in a Supporting Role for A Chorus Of Disapproval, at the NT Oivier, and The Corn Is Green, at The Old Vic
- 1991 - Olivier Award, Winner, Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical for Into The Woods, at the Phoenix
- 2010 - Olivier Award, Nominee, Best Actress for Entertaining Mr. Sloane, at Trafalgar Studio 1
- 2006 - International Emmy Awards, Nominated, Emmy for Best Performance by an Actress for My Family and Other Animals (2005) (TV)
- 2010 - British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Television Award, Nominated, Best Supporting Actress for Cranford (2009) (TV)
- 1999 - Screen Actors Guild Award, Winner, Best Performance by a Cast for Shakespeare in Love (1998)
- 2000 - Irish Film and Television Awards, Nominated, Best Actress for Rat (2000)
- 2004 - European Film Award, Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2004 - Venice Film Festival, Winner, Volpi Cup, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2004 - London Film Critics Circle Award, Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2004 - National Society of Film Critics Award, Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2004 - Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards, Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2004 - Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2004 - Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (LAFCA), Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2004 - San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2004 - Seattle Film Critics Awards, Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2004 - New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2004 - Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, Winner, Best Performance, Female for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2005 - Vancouver Film Critics Circle, Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2005 - British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2005 - Evening Standard British Film Awards, Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2005 - Chlotrudis Awards, Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2005 - National Society of Film Critics Awards, (NSCF) USA, Winner, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004). Tied with Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby (2004).
- 2005 - Academy Award, Nominated for an Oscar, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2005 - Screen Actors Guild Awards, Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2005 - Golden Globe, Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2005 - Golden Satellite Award, Nominated, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2005 - Empire Awards, UK, Nominated, Best British Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2005 - Online Film Critics Society Awards, Nominated, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2005 - The Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, Nominated, Best Actress for Vera Drake (2004)
- 2008 - Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Nominated, Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
- 2008 - London Critics Circle Film Awards, Nominated, British Supporting Actress of the Year for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
- 2009 - California Independent Film Festival, Winner, Audience Award, Best Actress - Comedy for Three and Out (2008)
- ↑ Lawley, Sue (2005-05-15). "This Week's Guest: Imelda Staunton". BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/desertislanddiscs_20050515.shtml. Retrieved 2007-01-06.
- ↑ Imelda Staunton profile at BBC Radio 4 "Desert island Discs"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Imelda Staunton: My Career Is Not About Looks" The Telegraph, 8 December 2008
- ↑ Irish News UK - News from the Irish Community in Britain
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 http://www.variety.com/profiles/people/Biography/37951/Imelda+Staunton.html?dataSet=1 Variety
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 "Imelda Staunton's surprising confession: I might have nibbled the odd hash brownie and I'd love to have been a hippy Chris Sullivan, 19November 2009, The Daily Mail
- ↑ The prime of Miss Imelda Staunton
- ↑ Happy Birthday, Sir Larry theatre programme, 31 May 1987
- ↑ Olivier Awards winners
- ↑ McCurry, Justin (2007-06-29). "Japan goes wild about Harry". London: The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/jun/29/film.business. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
- ↑ Dawtrey, Adam (2007-12-13). "London critics love 'Control,' 'Atonement'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/awardcentral_article/VR1117977651.html?nav=news&categoryid=1983&cs=1. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
- ↑ Ghostly Art From 'The Awakening'
- ↑ "Imelda Staunton on acting naturally" The Sunday Times, June 21, 2008
 External links
- Imelda Staunton at the Internet Movie Database
- The Prime of Miss Imelda Staunton , Sunday Telegraph interview 15 July 2007
- Imelda Staunton on the Red Carpet at the 77th Annual Academy Awards
- The Telegraph: Imelda Staunton interview
- Imelda Staunton in Conversation, filmed BAFTA event, March 2009