January 9, 1956 (67)
Imelda Staunton is an English actress celebrated for her roles across stage and screen, including her iconic portrayal of Dolores Umbridge in the “Harry Potter” series. With a career spanning several decades, Staunton has demonstrated remarkable range, appearing in musicals like “Sweeney Todd,” films such as “Vera Drake,” and television dramas including the critically acclaimed “Flesh and Blood.”
Staunton’s artistic tapestry is stitched together with collaborations from a variety of fellow artists and personalities. Among these are actors like Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in “Harry Potter,” Jim Carter in “Cranford,” and Stephen Fry in “Peter’s Friends.” She has also worked under renowned directors Mike Leigh for “Vera Drake” and Matthew Warchus for “Pride.” Collaborating with composers and lyricists like Stephen Sondheim for the musical “Into the Woods” and screenwriters including Abi Morgan for the television show “Tsunami: The Aftermath.”
A woman of many honors, Staunton has been the recipient of four Olivier Awards. Her win for Best Actress in a Musical for “Gypsy” cemented her status as a force to be reckoned with in the world of musical theater. Similarly, her performance in “Vera Drake” earned her the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival. In 2016, she was also named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to drama.