|Imelda Staunton Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||January 9, 1956|
Imelda Staunton is an English actress and singer who had started her career in repertory theatre in the 1970s and has established herself as a giant of the art form, having won 4 Laurence Olivier Awards as of January 2021. She is also well recognized for portraying film characters such as the titular role in Vera Drake (2004), Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter franchise, Janet in Another Year (2010), and Hefina Headon in Pride (2014). Her notable work in TV series includes Up the Garden Path (1990-1993), Is It Legal? (1995-1998), Big & Small (2008), and The Crown (2021). For her services to drama, she was appointed an ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ (OBE) in 2006 and a ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire’ (CBE) in 2016.
Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton
Archway, Islington, London, England, United Kingdom
West Hampstead, Camden, London, England, United Kingdom
Imelda had attended the La Sainte Union Catholic School, an all-girls secondary school in Camden, North London. After her high school graduation, she had joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), a renowned drama school in London. She had graduated from there in 1976.
- Father – Joseph Staunton (Road Worker, Laborer) (d. 2010)
- Mother – Bridie Staunton (née McNicholas) (Hairdresser, Musician) (d. 2004)
- Others – Molly Carter (Mother-in-Law)
5 ft or 152.5 cm
55 kg or 121 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Imelda has dated –
- Jim Carter (1982-Present) – Imelda had first met fellow English actor James Edward Carter aka Jim Carter in January 1982 during the rehearsals of the play Guys and Dolls at the National Theatre in London. They began dating soon after and got married in October 1983. They have a daughter together named Bessie Carter (b. October 25, 1993) (Actress). In 2007, the trio had appeared together in the TV series Cranford.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Irish descent.
She often tends to dye her hair blonde or silver.
- Mildly stocky frame
- Diminutive figure
- Radiant face
- Charming smile
- Neck-length, tousled hair
Imelda Staunton Facts
- Both of Imelda’s parents were first-generation Catholic immigrants from Ireland. Coincidentally, both of them were from the same location in Ireland – County Mayo. Both their families had settled in London and both those families had decided to leave Ireland after the Second World War.
- While she was studying at La Sainte Union Catholic School, she used to participate in drama classes with her elocution teacher who had spotted her talent. She went on to star in the school production of plays such as The Beggar’s Opera.
- The teacher had encouraged her to audition for drama schools and she was selected by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) when she was just 18 years old. She had also auditioned for a seat at the Central School of Speech and Drama and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. However, she was rejected by both institutions.
- She owns a pet terrier named Molly who had appeared as Chowsie The Dog in a play titled Gypsy, at the Chichester Festival in 2014. Imelda had portrayed the lead character of Mama Rose in that play.
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