Honorary Patron

Celia Imrie

Celia Imrie has been described as "one of the greatest British actresses of recent decades". A graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, in a career starting in the early 1970s, Imrie is frequently recognised for her television portrayals of Marianne Bellshade in Bergerac, Philippa Moorcroft in Dinnerladies, Miss Babs in Acorn Antiques, Diana Neal in After You've Gone and Gloria Millington in Kingdom. Her association with Victoria Wood is renowned; in 2005, she reprised her character Miss Babs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in a musical production of Acorn Antiques, for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role. Since then, she has performed in a one woman show called Unsuspecting Susan which transferred to 59E59 Theatre in New York, Singular Women, Mixed Up North (which was directed by Max Stafford-Clark for Out of Joint), Plague Over England (Duchess Theatre), The Rivals (Southwark Playhouse), Polar Bears (at the Donmar Warehouse) and most recently she played Judith in the Rose Theatre's production of Coward's Hay Fever and Dottie in Noises Off. Her film work includes Hilary and Jackie, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, Bridget Jones' Diary, Calendar Girls, Wah-Wah, Nanny McPhee, St Trinian's, and most recently Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and John Madden's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel for which she is currently filming in India alongside Honorary Patron Judi Dench. In 2011, she published an autobiography called The Happy Hoofer. She was nominated for her second Olivier Award for her performance in Noises Off, which transferred from the Old Vic to the West End for an extended run.

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