Imelda Staunton Headshot

Imelda Staunton

Get Imelda Staunton Email Alerts

Be the first to get news, photos, videos & more.

Imelda Staunton BIO

Stanton, an accomplished stage and screen star, recently performed on stage in the West End in Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Follies. Prior to that, she delivered an Olivier Award-winning performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy. Amongst her many other theatre credits, notable performances include Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, for which she won an Olivier Award, Circle, Mirror, Transformation for the Royal Court and the role of Claire in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance at The Almeida Theatre. In total, Staunton has been nominated for eleven Olivier Awards, winning four. On film Staunton is perhaps best known for playing the title role in Vera Drake, for which she received the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and for the role of Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.

Imelda Staunton Photos

Imelda Staunton STAGE CREDITS

[West End]

[West End]
West End Revival, 2020
Dolly Gallagher Levi

[West End]
National Theatre Premiere, 2017
Sally Durrant Plummer

[West End]
West End Revival, 2017
Martha [Replacement]

[West End]
West End Revival Production, 2015
Mama Rose

[West End]
West End Transfer, 2014

[West End]
Chichester Festival Theatre Production, 2012
Mrs Lovett

[West End]
Royal National Theatre Production, 1996
Miss Adelaide

[West End]
London Production, 1990
Baker's Wife

[West End]
Royal National Theatre Production, 1982

[London Fringe]
Royal National Theatre Production, 1982

Imelda Staunton Movies

[ 1986 ] Betsy Loveless
The Heat of the Day
[ 1990 ] Louie
A Masculine Ending
[ 1992 ] Bridget Bennet
Peter's Friends
[ 1992 ] Mary Anderson
Much Ado About Nothing
[ 1993 ] Margaret
Don't Leave Me This Way
[ 1993 ] Bridget Bennet
[ 1994 ] Edna
Mole's Christmas
[ 1994 ] - Voice
Deadly Advice
[ 1994 ] Beth Greenwood
The Snow Queen
[ 1995 ] Ivy / Angorra - Voice
Citizen X
[ 1995 ] Mrs. Burakov
The Adventures of Mole
[ 1995 ] - Voice
Sense and Sensibility
[ 1995 ] Charlotte Palmer
The Adventures of Toad
[ 1996 ] - Voice
Twelfth Night
[ 1996 ] Maria
The Snow Queen's Revenge
[ 1996 ] Elspeth / Rowena - Voice
Remember Me?
[ 1997 ] Lorna
The Ugly Duckling
[ 1997 ] Scruffy - Voice
Shakespeare in Love
[ 1998 ] Nurse
[ 2000 ] Conchita Flynn
Chicken Run
[ 2000 ] Bunty - Voice
Another Life
[ 2001 ] Ethel Graydon
[ 2001 ] Janine
I'll Be There
[ 2003 ] Dr. Bridget
Bright Young Things
[ 2003 ] Lady Brown
[ 2003 ] Bridget
The Virgin of Liverpool
[ 2003 ] Sylvia Conlon
Vera Drake
[ 2004 ] Vera
My Family and Other Animals
[ 2005 ] Mother
Nanny McPhee
[ 2005 ] Mrs Blatherwick
The Wind in the Willows
[ 2006 ] Barge Lady
Guilty Hearts
[ 2006 ] Naomi
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
[ 2007 ] Dolores Umbridge
How About You...
[ 2007 ] Hazel Nightingale
Freedom Writers
[ 2007 ] Margaret Campbell
A Bunch of Amateurs
[ 2008 ] Mary
[ 2008 ] Mary Doonan
Three and Out
[ 2008 ] Rosemary Cassidy
Taking Woodstock
[ 2009 ] Sonia Teichberg
Another Year
[ 2010 ] Janet
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
[ 2010 ] Dolores Umbridge
Alice in Wonderland
[ 2010 ] Tall Flower Faces - Voice
Arthur Christmas
[ 2011 ] Mrs Santa - Voice
The Awakening
[ 2011 ] Maud Hill
The Girl
[ 2012 ] Alma Reville Hitchcock
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!
[ 2012 ] Queen Victoria - Voice
Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time
[ 2013 ] Shrew - Voice
[ 2014 ] Aunt Lucy - Voice
[ 2014 ] Hefina
That Day We Sang
[ 2014 ] Enid
[ 2014 ] Knotgrass
Gypsy: Live from the Savoy Theatre
[ 2015 ] Rose
National Theatre Live: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
[ 2017 ] Martha
Paddington 2
[ 2017 ] Aunt Lucy - Voice
National Theatre Live: Follies
[ 2017 ] Sally Durant Plummer
Finding Your Feet
[ 2017 ] Sandra Abbott
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
[ 2019 ] Knotgrass
Downton Abbey
[ 2019 ] Maud Bagshaw
[ 2020 ] Sister Claire
Downton Abbey: A New Era
[ 2022 ] Maud Bagshaw
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
[ 2023 ] Bunty - Voice

Imelda Staunton TV Shows

BBC2 Playhouse
Mary Price
The Singing Detective
Staff Nurse White
Ladies in Charge
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
Polly Flinders
The Play on One
Cheryl Newman
Stephanie, Jane Hartman
Screen Two
The Producer
Jenny Beales
Up the Garden Path
[ 1990-1993 ] Izzy
If You See God, Tell Him
Muriel Spry
Frank Stubbs
Look at the State We're in!
Councillor Johnson
Tales from the Crypt
Is It Legal?
[ 1995-1998 ] Stella Phelps
David Copperfield
Mrs. Micawber
Midsomer Murders
Christine Cooper
The Canterbury Tales
[ 1998-2000 ] The Prioress
DCI Billie Dory
Reverend Mary Truegood
Cambridge Spies
The Queen
Mrs. Sucksby
Little Britain
Mrs. Mead
Gwen Gregson
Coming Up
[ 2007-2009 ] Miss Pole
Big and Small
[ 2008-2009 ] Ruby, Twiba
[ 2010-2011 ] Grace Andrews
Doctor Who
Honest Trailers
A Confession
Karen Edwards
Alan Bennett's Talking Heads 3
Irene Ruddock
Flesh and Blood
[ 2020-2021 ] Penny Wootton
The Crown
Queen Elizabeth II

Imelda Staunton Awards and Nominations

Olivier Awards - 2018 - Best Actress

Imelda Staunton, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Olivier Awards - 2018 - Best Actress In A Musical

Imelda Staunton , Follies

Olivier Awards - 2016 - Best Actress in a Musical

Imelda StauntonGypsy

Evening Standard Awards - 2015 - Best Musical Performance

Imelda StauntonGypsy

Olivier Awards - 2015 - Best Actress

Imelda StauntonGood People

Olivier Awards - 2013 - Best Actress in a Musical

Imelda StauntonSweeney Todd

Olivier Awards - 2010 - Best Actress

Imelda StauntonEntertaining Mr Sloane

Olivier Awards - 1997 - Best Actress in a Musical

Imelda Staunton, Guys And Dolls

Olivier Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical

Imelda Staunton, Into The Woods

Olivier Awards - 1988 - Actress of the Year in a Revival

Imelda StauntonUncle Vanya

Olivier Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical

Imelda StauntonThe Wizard Of Oz

Olivier Awards - 1985 - Outstanding Performance of the Year in a Supporting Role

Imelda StauntonA Chorus Of Disapproval at the National

Olivier Awards - 1982 - Actress of the Year in a Musical

Imelda StauntonThe Beggar's Opera

Olivier Awards - 1982 - Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre

Imelda StauntonThe Beggar's Opera

Imelda Staunton Videos

Imelda Staunton News

DOWNTON ABBEY 3 Officially in the Works with Paul Giamatti, Dominic West, & More

Following Imelda Staunton's recent statements about a third Downton Abbey film, it has been confirmed that another installment in the franchise is indeed happening. Simon Curtis is returning to direct after helming 2022’s Downton Abbey: A New Era, and much of the original cast is returning, along with some new additions.

London Palladium Will Offer Backstage Tours in July and August

From the 15 July – 31 August, the London Palladium will be launching exclusive backstage tours allowing audiences to experience areas of the ‘home of variety’ normally not accessible to the public and learn about the theatre’s rich history.  

Video: Imelda Staunton on Returning to the Stage for HELLO, DOLLY!

Multi-Olivier and BAFTA Award-winning Imelda Staunton will play meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi in the London Palladium production of Hello, Dolly. She sat down with Official London Theatre to discuss her return to the stage in the video here.

Imelda Staunton Confirms Final DOWNTON ABBEY Movie

Imelda Staunton has confirmed that a final Downton Abbey film is in the works. Written by Julian Fellowes – who wrote the book for musicals like Mary Poppins and School of Rock – Downton Abbey has starred Harry Hadden-Paton, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle, Dan Stevens, Maggie Smith, Dominic West, and more.

Full Cast Set For Imelda Staunton-Led HELLO DOLLY! at the London Palladium

The complete cast has been revealed for this summer's new production of Hello, Dolly!, as one of the most iconic musicals of all time comes to The London Palladium.


Join Paddington on a UK tour this Easter! PADDINGTON IN CONCERT features a screening of the award-winning film with live accompaniment by the London Concert Orchestra. First stop is the Southbank Centre on 30 March.

London Theatre Week - See over 50 Award-Winning Musicals and Plays with Tickets from £15, £25 or £35

London Theatre Week is the West End’s biggest promotion, giving you the chance to see over 50 amazing award-winning musicals and stunning plays with tickets from £15, £25 or £35

Alfie Boe, Killian Donnelly, Michael Ball & Bradley Jaden to Lead LES MISERABLES Arena Tour

Alfie Boe and Killian Donnelly will share the role of Jean Valjean and Michael Ball and Bradley Jaden will share the role of Javert in the UK, leading a cast and orchestra of over 65 in the forthcoming World Tour of LES MISÉRABLES THE ARENA SPECTACULAR. Learn more about the tour here including more about the cast, tour dates and more!

THE COLOR PURPLE, MAESTRO & More Nominated For SAG Awards - Full List of Nominations!

This morning, nominees for the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® honoring outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances for the past year were announced. Check out the full list of nominations, which include Danielle Brooks, Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, Hannah Waddingham, the cast of The Gilded Age, and more.

Thornton Wilder LLC Names Jeremy McCarter as New Literary Executor

Learn about the latest appointment at THORNTON WILDER LLC as Jeremy McCarter takes on the role of the new Literary Executor.

Da'vine Joy Randolph, Emma Stone & More Win Golden Globe Awards - Full List of Winners!

Broadway alums like Da'vine Randolph, Emma Stone, and Paul Giamatti took home trophies at the Jo Koy-hosted Golden Globe Awards last night. Other nominees included Danielle Brooks, Fantasia, Bradley Cooper, Maestro, Meryl Streep, and more. Check out the full list of winners now!

Imelda Staunton: Indhu Rubasingham is "the Right Person for the Job"

Actor Imelda Staunton has said that Indhu Rubasingham is the right person for the job, as it was announced that Rubasingham will be The National Theatre's first female artistic director in its 60-year history and the first person of colour to take on the role.

Review: STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS: A CELEBRATION, Live at the Sondheim Theatre, Cast Recording

Were you one of the lucky few who managed to bag a ticket for the one-night-only, star-studded gala revue, StephenSondheim’s Old Friends, on May 3, 2022?

THE COLOR PURPLE, MAESTRO & More Nominated For Golden Globes - Full List of Nominations!

The Color Purple, Maestro, Barbie, Only Murders in the Building, Hannah Waddingham, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Rachel Brosnahan, Disney's Wish, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour and more have been nominated for Golden Globes! Find out the full list of nomiantions here.

PADDINGTON IN CONCERT Will Embark on Tour Next Year

Next year, audiences across the UK can enjoy watching the award-winning 2014 film, Paddington in Concert on a giant HD screen, accompanied by The London Concert Orchestra playing Nick Urata's calypso-infused score live.

Exclusive: Tickets for HELLO DOLLY! Now On Sale

Exclusive: Hello Dolly! Tickets Now On Sale!

STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Cast Recording Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Bernadette Peters- Out This Week

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends: A Celebration (Live at the Sondheim Theatre) will be available as a 2-disc CD set and digital and streaming formats on Friday, December 8.

Video: Watch the Final Trailer For THE CROWN With Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II

Netflix released the video trailer for Season 6 Part 2 of The Crown, previewing what will be the conclusion of Peter Morgan’s epic, award-winning drama. These final 6 episodes, which premiere on Netflix on December 14th, will draw to a close the genre-defining prestige royal saga that has been on screens since 2016.

Broadway Streaming Guide: December 2023 - Where to Watch MAESTRO & More

2023 is going out with a bang with new movies, series, and albums to keep Broadway fans entertained all month long. From Bradley Cooper's Maestro to the soundtrack for the new movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple, December's streaming guide has something for everyone!


The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization announced that two-time Olivier Award winner Michael Ball and West End sensation Lucy St. Louis will also headline the previously announced My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert. Tickets are available now.


How many Broadway shows has Imelda Staunton been in?

Imelda Staunton has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Imelda Staunton been in?

Imelda Staunton has appeared on London's West End in 10 shows.

What was Imelda Staunton's first West End show?

Imelda Staunton's first West End show was Guys and Dolls which opened in 1982

What awards has Imelda Staunton been nominated for?

Imelda Staunton has been nominated for various awards including Best Actress at the Olivier Awards for "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?", "Good People", and "Entertaining Mr Sloane". She was also nominated for Best Actress In A Musical for "Follies", "Gypsy", "Sweeney Todd", "Guys And Dolls", and "The Wizard Of Oz". Additionally, she received nominations for Best Musical Performance at the Evening Standard Awards for "Gypsy". Imelda Staunton was recognized with awards such as Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical for "Into The Woods" and "The Wizard Of Oz", Actress of the Year in a Revival for "Uncle Vanya", Outstanding Performance of the Year in a Supporting Role for "A Chorus Of Disapproval" at the National, Actress of the Year in a Musical for "The Beggar's Opera", and Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre for "The Beggar's Opera".

What awards has Imelda Staunton won?

Imelda Staunton has won several awards, including Best Actress in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for "Gypsy," Best Musical Performance at the Evening Standard Awards for "Gypsy," Best Actress in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for "Sweeney Todd," Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for "Into The Woods," and Outstanding Performance of the Year in a Supporting Role at the Olivier Awards for "A Chorus Of Disapproval" at the National.

Get Imelda Staunton Email Alerts

Be the first to get news, photos, videos & more.