Actor of the Week (National Treasure 1): IMELDA STAUNTON

Age: 64

Birthday: 9th January

Imelda Staunton, CBE is an English stage and screen actress. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Staunton began her career in repertory theatre in the 1970s before appearing in various theatre productions in the United Kingdom.

Reportory theatre is when a group of actors work together on a variety of different plays. The Dundee Rep is very famous for having a core group of actors who play a variety of roles in lots of different plays.
Mix Up Theatre can be seen as reportory theatre - you play a different role in different productions throughout the year but with most of the same cast from previous productions. It's a great experience to support your fellow actors and each actor discovers their range in a comfortable environment.

Staunton has performed in a variety of plays and musicals in London, winning four Olivier Awards; three for Best Actress in a Musical for her roles in the plays Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy, and one for Best Supporting Performance for her work in both A Chorus of Disapproval and The Corn is Green. Her other appearances on stage includes The Beggar's Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Uncle Vanya, Guys and Dolls, Entertaining Mr Sloane, and Good People.

She has been nominated for thirteen Olivier Awards throughout her stage career.

On film, Staunton drew widespread critical acclaim for her performance in the title role in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, for which she won many awards.

However I think most of our students will recognise Staunton as one of the best villians of the Harry Potter franchise - Dolores Umbridge - where she stole the show in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


2005 - Best Leading Actress: VERA DRAKE


2015 - Best Supporting Actress: PRIDE

2013 - Best Supporting Actress (TV): THE GIRL

2010 - Best Supporting Actress (TV): CRANFORD

2005 - WIN: Best Leading Actress: VERA DRAKE


2005 - Best Leading Actress: VERA DRAKE

How do you rate Imelda Staunton's movies?



Talking Heads

Tuesday 23rd June, BBC1, 9:00pm

Staunton starts this new series of Alan Bennett's monologues. Watch a masterful actor perform a monologue. Not to be missed!

FILM: Downton Abbey (2019)

Friday 26th June, Sky Premiere, 11:05am / 8:00pm

Staunton joins the cast of the period drama making its big screen debut. Her husband, Jim Carter, has been in the show since it started.


FILM: Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Staunton is hilarious as the comedy relief in this fantastic British period drama based on the Jane Austen novel


FILM: Paddington (2014) / Paddington 2 (2017)

Imelada Staunton is the voice of Paddington's Aunt Lucy in these charmingly British family films.

What's your favourite Imelda Staunton performance / film?

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Mix Up Theatre is a Youth Theatre club aimed at evolving and nurturing the imagination and developing the skills of the students as performers and storytellers. Through creative drama and techniques we create brand new pieces of devised theatre

Mix Up Theatre provides a 'mix-up' of all aspects of performance and we have regular one-off workshops from professional companies and practitioners .

We also love a group trip to the theatre!

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