Imelda Staunton: her husband, daughter and films

Find out more about the celebrated actress who will be starring as the new Queen Elizabeth II.

Imelda Staunton

by Emily Gilbert |

A multiple award-winning actress, Imelda Staunton has appeared in countless theatre productions, films and television shows. But how much do you know about her?

Imelda's childhood

Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton O.B.E, was born to Joseph and Bridie Staunton on the January 9 1956 in North London.

Imelda has very fond memories of her childhood home, telling us: “I was raised above a hair salon in north London. I regarded that as home. We moved when I was 10 or 11 and for most of my adult life, probably until I had my own house and family, I dreamt about that house all the time because I wanted to be there. If you’re a child of a family in the Forces you move all of the time but if you’re lucky enough to have had a home that you stayed in during your formative years, you become very attached to it.”

Imelda in Downton

Imelda Staunton's husband

Imelda married fellow actor Jim Carter in 1983. You'll no doubt recognise Jim from Downton Abbey where he plays Mr Carson in the ITV series.

In fact, the couple even worked together when Imelda joined the cast for the Downton Abbey film last year when she played Lady Bagshaw.

Imelda told HELLO: "Downton was just luxury, like a nice box of chocolates. Jim and I only worked together for about two days. It was so nice, so exciting. But of course, I have been living with Downton for six or seven years… I tried to get the dog in it, no they weren't having [it]."

Imelda and Jim

Imelda Staunton's daughter

Imelia and Jim have a daughter together, Bessie, who was born in 1993.

Bessie has followed in her parents' footsteps and appears in the Netflix show, Bridgerton. Bessie plays Prudence Featherington, the eldest of the three Featherington sisters.

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Imelda Staunton's films

The actress has enjoyed an incredible film career with roles in Much Ado About Nothing, The Awakening, Finding Your Feet and Taking Woodstock. Here are just a few of our favourites...

Vera Drake

Imelda received the Best Actress honours at the European Film Awards, the BAFTAs, and the Venice Film Festival for her performance in Vera Drake as the title role of a housekeeper providing abortions to local women with unwanted pregnancies.

A Bunch of Amateurs

In this 2008 British comedy, Imelda starred as Mary, an adoring fan of Washed-up Hollywood star Jefferson Steel (Burt Reynolds).

Harry Potter

In a role that made many of shiver, Imelda portrayed the cruel Dolores Umbridge in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

Imelda Stanton in The Crown

We can't wait to watch Imeda take over from Olivia Coleman as the new Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's The Crown. A photo of Imelda in the role was recently unveiled and we think she looks perfect!

Series 5: Imelda Staunton - Queen Elizabeth II
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