Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton, OBE (born 9 January 1956) is an English stage and screen actress. Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Staunton began her career in repertory theatre in the 1970s before appearing in seasons at various theatres in the UK.
Staunton since performed in a variety of plays and musicals in London, winning two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for her roles in Into the Woods (1991) and Sweeney Todd (2011) and one for Best Supporting Performance for her work in both A Chorus of Disapproval (1985) and The Corn is Green (1985). Her appearances on stage in The Beggar's Opera (1982), The Wizard of Oz (1987), Uncle Vanya (1988), Guys and Dolls (1996), Entertaining Mr Sloane (2009), A Delicate Balance (2011) and Good People (2014) also earned her Laurence Olivier Award nominations. Staunton has been nominated for a total of 11 Laurence Olivier Awards. In 2015, she starred as Rose in Gypsy on the West End.
Staunton drew critical acclaim for the title role in the 2004 film Vera Drake, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actress and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Her other film roles include Mrs. Blatherwick in Nanny McPhee (2005), Dolores Jane Umbridge in two of the Harry Potter films (2007–2010) and Hefina Headon in Pride (2014), for which she received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
On television, she starred in the sitcoms Up the Garden Path (1990–1993) and Is it Legal? (1995–1998). Her performance in The Girl (2012) earned her nominations for a BAFTA TV Award and a Primetime Emmy Award...
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