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Profile: Imelda Staunton

Tuesday, 6th Oct 2015

We Take a Look at the Career of the Acclaimed Actor of the Stage and Screen

Gypsy, the well known Stephen Sondheim musical that is enjoying a successful revival at the Savoy Theatre this year, has a lot going for it. Not only does it boast the lyrics of Sondheim, it also features the music of Jule Styne and book by Arthur Laurents, but its biggest coup has got to be its lead star in Imelda Staunton, who takes on the role of Rose. As the show still attracts the crowds at the Savoy Theatre until November, we take a look at her career.

Staunton is best known for her numerous appearances on the stage and screen, which has included some of the most renowned British films and the highest profile West End hits. As a result, her return to the stage is always met with great anticipation (Gypsy being no exception) and her performance onscreen will always ensure a film worth watching.

She was born North London in 1956 and after studying at Catholic School in her early years she eventually attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Whilst there she also studied alongside various other well known names, including equally famous actors, and this was the first of many times that she would work alongside equally as talented performers.

Staunton went on to appear in films by the time the 1980s and 1990s came along. These early roles included Shakespearean adaptations like Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night.
However, some of her best known roles came in the 2000s when she appeared in the likes of Bright Young Things, Chicken Run, the Harry Potter films and the film for which she is perhaps most recognised, Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake, a film that earned her an Academy Award nomination.

The stage has also welcomed her warmly. She has earned three Laurence Olivier Awards and further nominations. Her credits include Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Trafalgar Studios and A Chorus of Disapproval back in the 1980s. She is one of the best known performers of the stage and it is likely that audiences will continue to flock to see her work.

She continues in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre until Saturday 28th November 2015.

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