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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.

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Imelda Staunton STAGE CREDITS

[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]Comrades Betsy Loveless

[1990]The Heat of the Day Louie

[1992]A Masculine Ending Bridget Bennet

[1992]Peter's Friends Mary Anderson

[1993]Much Ado About Nothing Margaret

[1993]Don't Leave Me This Way Bridget Bennet

[1994]Woodcock Edna

[1994]Mole's Christmas - Voice

[1994]Deadly Advice Beth Greenwood

[1995]The Snow Queen Ivy / Angorra - Voice

[1995]Citizen X Mrs. Burakov

[1995]The Adventures of Mole - Voice

[1995]Sense and Sensibility Charlotte Palmer

[1996]The Adventures of Toad - Voice

[1996]Twelfth Night Maria

[1996]The Snow Queen's Revenge Elspeth / Rowena - Voice

[1997]Remember Me? Lorna

[1997]The Ugly Duckling Scruffy - Voice

[1998]Shakespeare in Love Nurse

[2000]Rat Conchita Flynn

[2000]Chicken Run Bunty - Voice

[2001]Another Life Ethel Graydon

[2001]Crush Janine

[2003]I'll Be There Dr. Bridget

[2003]Bright Young Things Lady Brown

[2003]Blackball Bridget

[2003]The Virgin of Liverpool Sylvia Conlon

[2004]Vera Drake Vera

[2005]My Family and Other Animals Mother

[2005]Nanny McPhee Mrs Blatherwick

[2006]The Wind in the Willows Barge Lady

[2006]Guilty Hearts Naomi

[2007]Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Dolores Umbridge

[2007]How About You... Hazel Nightingale

[2007]Freedom Writers Margaret Campbell

[2008]A Bunch of Amateurs Mary

[2008]Clay Mary Doonan

[2008]Three and Out Rosemary Cassidy

[2009]Taking Woodstock Sonia Teichberg

[2010]Another Year Janet

[2010]Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Dolores Umbridge

[2010]Alice in Wonderland Tall Flower Faces - Voice

[2011]Arthur Christmas Mrs Santa - Voice

[2011]The Awakening Maud Hill

[2012]The Girl Alma Reville Hitchcock

[2012]The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Queen Victoria - Voice

[2013]Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time Shrew - Voice

[2014]Paddington Aunt Lucy - Voice

[2014]Pride Hefina

[2014]That Day We Sang Enid

[2014]Maleficent Knotgrass

[2015]Gypsy: Live from the Savoy Theatre Rose

[2017]National Theatre Live: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha

[2017]Paddington 2 Aunt Lucy - Voice

[2017]National Theatre Live: Follies Sally Durant Plummer

[2017]Finding Your Feet Sandra Abbott

[2019]Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Knotgrass

[2019]Downton Abbey Maud Bagshaw

[2020]Amulet Sister Claire

[2022]Downton Abbey: A New Era Maud Bagshaw

[2023]Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget Bunty - Voice

Imelda Staunton TV Shows

BBC2 Playhouse Mary Price

The Singing Detective Staff Nurse White

Ladies in Charge Edith


The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Polly Flinders

The Play on One Cheryl Newman

Screenplay Stephanie, Jane Hartman

Screen Two The Producer

Performance Jenny Beales

[ 1990-1993]Up the Garden Path Izzy

If You See God, Tell Him Muriel Spry

Frank Stubbs Susan

Jackanory Storyteller

Look at the State We're in! Councillor Johnson

Tales from the Crypt Sarah

[ 1995-1998]Is It Legal? Stella Phelps

David Copperfield Mrs. Micawber

Midsomer Murders Christine Cooper

[ 1998-2000]The Canterbury Tales The Prioress

Murder DCI Billie Dory

Strange Reverend Mary Truegood

Cambridge Spies The Queen

Fingersmith Mrs. Sucksby

Little Britain Mrs. Mead

ShakespeaRe-Told Polly

Dogtown Gwen Gregson

60/90 Nurse

Coming Up Mother

[ 2007-2009]Cranford Miss Pole

[ 2008-2009]Big and Small Ruby, Twiba

Breakfast Janet

[ 2010-2011]Psychoville Grace Andrews

Doctor Who Interface

Honest Trailers Knotgrass

A Confession Karen Edwards

Alan Bennett's Talking Heads 3 Irene Ruddock

Flesh and Blood Mary

[ 2020-2021]Trying Penny Wootton

The Crown Queen Elizabeth II

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Imelda Staunton News

Erica Whyman Announces Final Programme with RSC

Erica Whyman has announced details of her final season of work as Acting Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) ahead of her stepping down this month. 

Finalists Revealed for the 15th Annual STEPHEN SONDHEIM SOCIETY Student Performer of the Year 2023 Competition

The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition – affectionately known as SSSSPOTY – was inaugurated in 2007, and in 2023 returns for its 15th year. The gala final will be held, fittingly, in the Sondheim Theatre, on the afternoon of 11 June 2023.

Feature: The Show Must Eurovision " A Celebration of Musical Theatre Eurovision Song Contest Stars " Part Two

In Part One we discussed some of the modern UK connected Musical Theatre Eurovision stars, but let's go back to the 90's where there was an exceptional run from 1991 to 1994 of stage steppers.

GYPSY and THE BAND'S VISIT to be Screened at the V&A's 2023 Performance Festival, Celebrating Musical Theatre

Running from 22 April 2023, the V&A's Performance Festival will 'explore and deconstruct musical theatre, with a wide range of special events taking place throughout the museum.'

These Iconic Performers Have Taken on the Lead Roles in SWEENEY TODD

Sweeney Todd is back on Broadway! Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford are the latest stars to portray these coveted roles, but did you know about all of these others? Check out our list of just a few of the iconic actors to star in Sweeney Todd over the years!

The Ensemble Company To Present Explosive WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

The Ensemble Company, now in their fifth year in residence at Penguin Point Productions located within the Oviedo Mall, continues its 2023 season with a production of Edward Albee's masterpiece, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which celebrated 60 years in 2022.  Virginia Woolf is rescheduled from The Ensemble Company's 2022 season.

STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Featuring Bernadette Peters, Michael Ball & More to Release Live Album

The star-studded Sondheim's Old Friends concert will release a live album! 

VAULT Festival Celebrates Record-Breaking Year as it Closes its Doors For The Last Time in its Original Home

VAULT Festival marked the end of its decade-long run at its original venue, The Vaults on Sunday 19th March, bringing to a close a record-breaking year which welcomed more than 81,000 audience members throughout its eight week run.

Jim Carter Will Appear in Conversation With Rob Brydon at The Kiln Theatre

Continuing his series of In Conversation events in aid of Kiln Theatre, Jim Carter will sit down with one of the UK's most celebrated actors and comedians Rob Brydon in a special one-off fundraising event on 16 May 2023, where he will discuss his brilliant and varied career.

Jason Manford and Ashley Banjo to Star in the THE WIZARD OF OZ this Summer

Jason Manford and Ashley Banjo will star in the The Wizard of Oz, the musical based on the iconic story by L. Frank Baum, which plays a strictly limited season at the world famous London Palladium this summer.

Steven Spielberg, Michelle Yeoh & More Win Golden Globe Awards - Full List of Winners!

Winners included Steven Spielberg for The Fablmans, Michelle Yeoh for Everything Everywhere All at Once, Austin Butler for Elvis, Justin Hurwitz for Babylon, Amanda Seyfried for The Dropout, Jennifer Coolidge for The White Lotus, and more. Check out the full list of winners now!

Billy Porter, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez & More to Present at the Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the initial lineup of stars that will be presenting at the Golden Globes next week. Billy Porter, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Ana Gasteyer, Colman Domingo, Quentin Tarantino, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more will present. Hugh Jackman, Jeremy Pope, Imelda Staunton, are nominated.

STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Broadcast Date and Time Confirmed

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends will be broadcast on BBC Two on 31 December at 5.35pm and then available on the BBC iPlayer. Performances will include Bernadette Peters singing 'Losing My Mind' from Follies and Imelda Staunton singing 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' from Gypsy.

VIDEO: Watch Bernadette Peters, Judi Dench, and More in SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Concert Trailer

Watch the trailer for the New Year's Eve BBC and iPlayer broadcast of the star-studded SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS concert starring Bernadette Peters, Judi Dench, Michael Ball, and many more.

Review: National Tour Revival Of MY FAIR LADY at DCPA

What did our critic think of MY FAIR LADY at DCPA?

Wake Up With BWW 12/13: Inside Opening of SOME LIKE IT HOT and MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Top stories include coverage from opening nights of Some Like It Hot and Merrily We Roll Along! Plus, Night at the Museum musical had its first workshop, and more!

Hugh Jackman, Jeremy Pope & More Nominated For Golden Globes - Full List of Nominations!

The 2023 Golden Globe nominations have been announced. Notable nominees include Hugh Jackman, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Pope, Tony Kushner, Brendan Fraser, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jessica Chastain, Emma Thompson, Andrew Garfield, Steve Martin, Martin Short, F. Murray Abraham, and more. Check out the complete list of nomination now!

HARRY POTTER Stars Who Have Appeared on Broadway

To celebrate Daniel Radcliffe's return to theatre in the Off-Broadway revival of Merrily We Roll Along, we are taking a look back at the stage careers of he and his fellow Harry Potter film cast members. Keep reading to find out times you may have seen Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Imelda Staunton, and more onstage!

Faithless Remix Theme From THE CROWN To Mark Seasons 5's Iconic 90s Era

To mark the relevance of this culturally defining era, The Crown has partnered with 90’s powerhouse Faithless to remix Hans Zimmer’s iconic theme tune. To accompany the track, video producer Alice Isaac creates an accompanying music video featuring iconic 90s imagery in her signature style of collage and animation. 

SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Concert Will be Broadcast on BBC This Holiday Season

The star-studded Sondheim's Old Friends concert will be broadcast on BBC this holiday season! Dates and times for the BBC Two broadcast and iPlayer release have yet to be announced.


Imelda Staunton has not appeared on Broadway.

Imelda Staunton has appeared on London's West End in 9 shows.

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

Best Actress (Olivier Awards) for Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? , Best Actress In A Musical (Olivier Awards) for Follies , Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Gypsy , Best Musical Performance (Evening Standard Awards) for Gypsy , Best Actress (Olivier Awards) for Good People , Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Sweeney Todd , Best Actress (Olivier Awards) for Entertaining Mr Sloane , Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Guys And Dolls , Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Into The Woods , Actress of the Year in a Revival (Olivier Awards) for Uncle Vanya , Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for The Wizard Of Oz , Outstanding Performance of the Year in a Supporting Role (Olivier Awards) for A Chorus Of Disapproval at the National Actress of the Year in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for The Beggar's Opera and Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre (Olivier Awards) for The Beggar's Opera .

Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Gypsy, Best Musical Performance (Evening Standard Awards) for Gypsy, Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Sweeney Todd Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Into The Woodsand Outstanding Performance of the Year in a Supporting Role (Olivier Awards) for A Chorus Of Disapproval at the National.

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