Imelda Staunton Biography

Shakespeare In Love

Shakespeare In Love

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Released: December 25, 1998
Director: John Madden
Producer: Edward Zwick, Donna Gigliotti
Studio: Miramax Films
Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Affleck, Simon Callow, Jim Carter, Martin Clunes, Imelda Staunton, Rupert Everett
Genre: Comedy
Length: 122 minutes
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Imelda Staunton Biography


Date of Birth: January 9, 1956

This native of England became good friends with the likes of great British actors such as Emma Thompson, Hugh Lauri and Stephen Fry while attending Cambridge University. With the drama experience she gained at school, Staunton began an extensive British theater career, adding classical work, contemporary plays and musicals to her resumé. Her work has been rewarded with four Olivier Award nominations, winning three times (Best Supporting Actress for A Chorus of Disapproval in 1985, Best Supporting Actress for The Corn is Green in 1985 and Best Actress in a Musical for Into the Woods in 1991). She also has won the Edinburgh Fringe First for The Lady and the Clarinet.

Her work on the screen began in 1986 and was focused almost entirely on television projects for the next ten years. Following strong performances in telefilms like A Sleeping Life, A Masculine Ending and series like Thompson and Up the Garden Path, Staunton became visible to feature film audiences in Peter's Friends (performing with her university buddies), Much Ado About Nothing, Sense and Sensibility, Twelfth Night and Shakespeare in Love (for which she shared a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast). For her starring role in Vera Drake (2004), Imelda received nominations from the Golden Globes, Academy Awards and BAFTA awards, as well as winning the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.

She has also done a number of voice projects, lending her vocal talents to animated films like The Ugly Duckling (1997), Chicken Run (2000), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Arthur Christmas (2011) and The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012). She was also seen in the 2012 British horror flick The Awakening (2012) and the Disney film Maleficent (2014). In 2018, she starred in Paddington 2 and in 2019, she joined her husband Jim Carter (who plays Carson, the butler) and the rest of the cast from the TV series Downton Abbey on the big screen in the sequel Downton Abbey (2019).

Imelda has been married to actor Jim Carter since 1985. They have a daughter, born in 1993.


Finding Your Feet (2018)
Paddington 2 (2018)
Paddington (2014)
Maleficent (2014)
The Girl (2012)
The Awakening (2012)
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) (voice)
Arthur Christmas (2011) (voice)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Another Year (2010)
Alice in Wonderland (2010) (voice)
Taking Woodstock (2009)
A Bunch of Amateurs (2008)
Three and Out (2008)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Freedom Writers (2007)
Nanny McPhee (2005)
Vera Drake (2004)
I'll Be There (2003)
Blackball (2003)
Bright Young Things (2003)
The Virgin of Liverpool (2003)
Crush (2002)
Rat (2000)
Chicken Run (2000) (voice)
Another Life (1999)
The Canterbury Tales (1998) (voice)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
The Ugly Duckling (1997) (voice)
Remember Me? (1997)
Twelfth Night: Or What You Will (1996)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Deadly Advice (1993)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Peter's Friends (1992)
Antonia and Jane (1991)
They Never Slept (1990)
Comrades (1987)

Filmography → Oscars™ Nominations and Awards

Actor Downton Abbey (2019)
Actor Finding Your Feet (2018)
Actor Paddington 2 (2018)
Actor Maleficent (2014)
Actor Maleficent 3D (2014)
Actor Pride (2014)
Actor Arthur Christmas (2011)
Actor Taking Woodstock (2009)
Actor Freedom Writers (2007)
Actor Vera Drake (2004) Actress in a Leading Role Nominee