IMELDA STAUNTON Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton                                         
Born: 9 January 1956 London, England                                                   
Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton (born 9 January 1956) is an                   
English actress best known for her performances in the British comedy television       
series Up the Garden Path and the films Harry Potter and the Order of the               
Phoenix and Vera Drake. For the latter, in which she played the title character,       
she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.                               
Staunton was born in Archway, North London to Bridie (née McNicholas), a               
hairdresser, and Joseph Staunton, a road-worker and labourer. Both of her               
parents are first-generation Catholic immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland, with       
her father coming from Ballyvary and her mother from Bohola. She attended La           
Sainte Union Convent School, an all girls catholic school on the edge of               
Hampstead Heath, from years 7 to 11. Staunton is married to the English actor           
Jim Carter and they have a daughter, Bessie, born 1993.                                 
Staunton trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, 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), before moving         
back to London.                                                                         
She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the         
2006 New Year's Honours List for her services to drama.                                 
One of her first films was an appearance 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) and Bright Young Things (2003).                                     
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). The Guardian described her as the "perfect choice for the part" and "one       
of the film's greatest pleasures," "coming close to stealing the show." Moreover,       
Staunton is also expected to return to the role of Dolores Umbridge in the film         
adaption of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2010. She was nominated             
in the "British Actress in a Supporting Role" category at the London Film               
Critics Circle Awards.                                                                 
Staunton has stated that her first job was a play by Goldoni. Her most recent           
stage appearance was in the premiere of Frank McGuinness's There Came a Gypsy           
Riding at the Almeida in 2007.                                                         
She is a three-time recipient of the Olivier Award, Britain's highest theatre           
honour, for roles in A Chorus of Disapproval (1985), The Corn Is Green (1985),         
and Into the Woods (1991), and was nominated for her performance as Miss               
Adelaide in the 1996 revival of Guys and Dolls at the National Theatre.