Celia Diana Savile Imrie
15 July 1952
Celia Diana Savile Imrie (born 15 July 1952) is an English actress. She is known for her television roles with Victoria Wood, including in the spoof soap opera sketches Acorn Antiques (1985–87) and the sitcom Dinnerladies (1998–2000). She won the 2006 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for reprising her role in Acorn Antiques: The Musical!
Described in 2003 as "one of the most successful British actresses of recent decades", Imrie's film appearances include Hilary and Jackie (1998), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Calendar Girls (2003) and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012). Her other television credits include the FX comedy Better Things (2016–present).
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Imrie's varied career spans films, television and radio drama, and the theatre. Her film credits include Nanny McPhee, Hilary and Jackie (playing Iris du Pré) and the 1997 film of The Borrowers where she played Homily Clock. Other films include Bridget Jones's Diary, Calendar Girls, Highlander and, as Fighter Pilot Bravo 5, in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. In 2007 Imrie appeared in St Trinian's.
In the 2000 miniseries of Gormenghast, she played Lady Gertrude. She also appeared in the 2005 BBC television drama Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle, playing the part of a teacher taking an unruly party of pupils on a daytrip to Salisbury Cathedral. She starred in the BBC sitcom, After You've Gone (2007–08), alongside Nicholas Lyndhurst and in the ITV1 drama Kingdom (2007–09), with Stephen Fry. Her part in After You've Gone has, whilst being critically acclaimed, been described as "criminally squandered".
In 2005, she received very positive reviews for her US stage debut in Unsuspecting Susan. In 2009, Imrie appeared in Plague Over England in the West End, a play about Sir John Gielgud, and received positive reviews for her performance, That same year, she appeared in the world premiere of Robin Soans' Mixed Up North, directed by Max Stafford-Clark. In 2010, she appeared alongside Robin Soans in a production of Sheridan's The Rivals.
Work with Victoria Wood
Imrie is perhaps best known for her frequent collaborations with Victoria Wood, with whom she appeared in TV programmes such as the sitcom Dinnerladies and sketch show Victoria Wood as Seen on TV. It was on the latter show in 1985 that she first played the part of Miss Babs, owner of Acorn Antiques, a parody of the low-budget British soap opera Crossroads.
These sketches became such a British institution that the show was turned into Acorn Antiques: The Musical!, a West End musical, in 2005 starring most of the original cast. Imrie won an Olivier Award in 2006 for her performance. The character has curly blonde hair, and is known for her frequent parodic flirtations with the customers, and her interactions with the housekeeper Mrs Overall (portrayed by Julie Walters).
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
As part of the cast of the 2018 film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Imrie achieved her first UK Top 40 single alongside Lily James[clarification needed] with a cover of the ABBA song "When I Kissed the Teacher" which reached number 40 in August 2018.
Imrie was featured in the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? in October 2012 and discovered that an ancestor on her mother's side was William, Lord Russell, a Whig parliamentarian executed for treason in 1683, after being found guilty of conspiring against King Charles II.
Imrie lives in London and in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. She has a son, Angus Imrie, with the actor Benjamin Whitrow, but has said that she "hated the idea of marriage", describing it as a "world of cover-up and compromise." Angus appears as her on-screen son in Kingdom and has acted in other productions and is studying drama and performance at the University of Warwick.
When Imrie was fourteen, she was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital suffering from anorexia nervosa. Under the care of controversial psychiatrist William Sargant, she was given electroshock and large doses of the anti-psychotic drug Largactil. Imrie has written that Sargant still features in her nightmares.
- (1992) The Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Sea
- (2006) Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical in Acorn Antiques:The Musical!
- (2017) UK WFTV (Women in Film and Television) Award for the EON Productions Lifetime Achievement
|1974||House of Whipcord||Barbara|
|1978||Death on the Nile||Maid (uncredited)|
|1983||The Wicked Lady||Servant at Inn|
|1992||Blue Black Permanent||Barbara Thorburn|
|1994||Mary Shelley's Frankenstein||Mrs. Moritz|
|1995||A Midwinter's Tale||Fadge|
|1997||The Borrowers||Homily Clock|
|1998||Hilary and Jackie||Iris Du Pré|
|1999||Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace||Fighter Pilot Bravo 5|
|2001||Bridget Jones's Diary||Una Alconbury|
|2001||Lucky Break||Amy Chamberlain|
|2003||Out of Bounds||Dr. Imogen Reed|
|2004||Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason||Una Alconbury|
|2005||Wah-Wah||Lady Riva Hardwick|
|2005||Imagine Me & You||Tessa|
|2005||Nanny McPhee||Mrs Quickly|
|2009||St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold||Matron|
|2010||You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger||Enid Wicklow|
|2011||The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||Madge Hardcastle|
|2011||My Angel||The Librarian|
|2012||Acts of Godfrey||Helen McGann|
|2013||The Love Punch||Pen|
|2014||What We Did on Our Holiday||Agnes Chisolm|
|2014||Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?||Mrs. Keen|
|2015||The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||Madge Hardcastle|
|2015||Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism||Edna the Cook|
|2016||Year by the Sea||Erikson|
|2016||Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie||Claudia Bing|
|2016||Bridget Jones's Baby||Una|
|2017||A Cure for Wellness||Victoria Watkins|
|2017||Monster Family||Cheyenne||Voice role|
|2017||Finding Your Feet||Bif|
|2018||Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again||Vice Chancellor|
|2018||Nativity Rocks! This Ain’t No Silent Night||Mrs. Keen|
|1974||Upstairs, Downstairs||Jenny||"If You Were the Only Girl in the World". "Missing Believed Killed"|
|1979||To the Manor Born||Polly||"A Touch of Class"|
|1980||Shoestring||Sheila Johnson||"The Dangerous Game"|
|1980||To the Manor Born||Surgery Receptionist||"Vive Le Sport"|
|1981||The Nightmare Man||Fiona Patterson|
|1981||81 Take 2||TV Movie|
|1982||Else Queen||Cloud Howe|
|1985– 1987||Victoria Wood as Seen on TV||Various|
|1988||Taggart||Helen Lomax||"Root of Evil"|
|1988- 1989||The New Statesman||Hilary||"Alan B'Stard Closes Down the BBC", "May the Best Man Win"|
|1989||Murder by Moonlight||Patsy Diehl||TV Movie|
|1989||Victoria Wood||Carol||"We'd Quite Like to Apologise"|
|1989||Victoria Wood||Jackie||"Val De Ree (Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha)"|
|1989||Victoria Wood||Julia / Spoof TV Ad actress||"Staying In"|
|1990||Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit||Miss Jewsbury|
|1990||The World of Eddie Weary||Birdie||TV Movie|
|1990||Old Flames||Davina Wright / Hopjoy|
|1990||102 Boulevard Haussman||Mme Massis|
|1991||Lovejoy||Lady Felicity Carey-Holden||"The Italian Venus"|
|1991||The Darling Buds of May||Corinne Perigo||"When the Green Woods Laugh (Parts 1 & 2)"|
|1991||All Good Things||Rachel Bromley|
|1991||Stay Lucky||Julie Vernon||"The Food of Love"|
|1992||Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast|
|1992||Van der Valk||Marijke Dekker||"Still Waters"|
|1993||Bonjour la Classe||Mrs. Botney||"Red Card"|
|1993||The Riff Raff Element||Joanna Tundish|
|1993||A Question of Guilt||Sissy Malton||TV Movie|
|1994||A Dark Adapted Eye||Vera||TV Movie|
|1994||Pat and Margaret||Claire|
|1994||Susan Nunsuch||TV Movie|
|1995- 2001||Absolutely Fabulous||Claudia Bing||"Jealous"|
|1995||Casualty||Elizabeth Clayton||"Learning Curve"|
|1995- 1996||Blackhearts In Battersea||Duchess Of Battersea|
|1996||The Writing on the Wall||Kirsty||TV Movie|
|1997||Hospital!||Sister Muriel||TV Movie|
|1997||Into the Blue||Nadine Cunningham|
|1997||The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling||Mrs. Miller|
|1997||The Canterville Ghost||Lucy Otis||TV Movie|
|1997||Mr. White Goes to Westminster||Victoria Madison||TV Movie|
|1998||Duck Patrol||Mrs. Calloway||"River Rage"|
|1999||Hetty Wainthropp Investigates||Nightclub owner||TV Short|
|1999||Hilltop Hospital||Surgeon Sally (voice)|
|1999||A Christmas Carol||Mrs. Bennett||TV Movie|
|2000||Dalziel and Pascoe||Christina Chance||"Above the Law"|
|2000||Victoria Wood With All The Trimmings||Herself|
|2001||Love in a Cold Climate||Aunt Sadie|
|2001||Baddiel's Syndrome||Ruth Proudhon||"Inventions Now"|
|2001||Station Jim||Miss Frazier||TV Movie|
|2001||Midsomer Murders||Louise August||"Dark Autumn"|
|2001||Randall & Hopkirk||"Revenge of the Bog People"|
|2002||Heartbeat||Sylvia Langley||"The Shoot"|
|2002||The Gathering Storm||Violet Pearman||TV Movie|
|2002||A Is for Acid||Rose Henderson||TV Movie|
|2002||Daniel Deronda||Mrs. Meyrick|
|2002||Doctor Zhivago||Anna Gromyko|
|2003||The Planman||Gail Forrester||TV Movie|
|2003||Still Game||Mrs Begg||"Wummin'"|
|2004||Jonathan Creek||Thelma Bailey||"Gorgons Wood"|
|2004||Doc Martin||Susan Brading||"Going Bodmin"|
|2004||Agatha Christie's Marple||Madame Joilet||"4.50 From Paddington"|
|2005||Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle||Miss Davies||TV Movie|
|2006||Agatha Christie's Poirot||'Aunt' Kathy Cloade||"Taken at the Flood"|
|2006||The Lavender List||Mary Wilson||TV Movie|
|2006||Where the Heart Is||Gaynor Whiteside||"Walk of Faith"|
|2007–2008||After You've Gone||Diana|
|2009||Cranford||Lady Glenmire||"Christmas Special"|
|2010||The Road to Coronation Street (as Doris Speed)||Doris Speed||TV Movie|
|2011||The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff||Miss Christmasham|
|2012||Lewis||Michelle Marber||The Soul of Genius |
|2013||Doctor Who||Miss Kizlet||"The Bells of Saint John"|
|2013||Love and Marriage||Rowan Holdaway|
|2014||Our Zoo||Lady Daphne Goodwin|
|2016||Legends of Tomorrow||Mary Xavier|
|2018||Hang Ups||Maggie Pitt|
- 1976: Now Here's a Funny Thing
- 1976: Sherlock Holmes
- 1976: The Adventures of Alice
- 1977: Henry V
- 1977: Love's Labour's Lost
- 1977: The Boyfriend
- 1978: As You Like It
- 1978: Cabaret
- 1978: Macbeth
- 1978: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
- 1979: The Good Humoured Ladies
- 1979: Pygmalion
- 1980: Seduced
- 1981: Heaven and Hell
- 1981: A Waste of Time
- 1982: Puntila and Matti, Master and Servant
- 1982: Puss in Boots
- 1982: Philosophy of the Boudoir
- 1982: The Screens
- 1983: Arms and the Man
- 1983: Custom of the Country
- 1983: The Merchant of Venice
- 1983: Sirocco
- 1983: Webster
- 1984: Alfie
- 1984: The Merchant of Venice
- 1984: When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout
- 1985: Particular Friendships
- 1985: The Philanthropist
- 1986: Last Waltz
- 1987: School For Wives
- 1987: Yerma
- 1988: Doctor Angelus
- 1988: The Madwoman of Chaillot
- 1990: In Pursuit of the English
- 1990: Hangover Square
- 1990: No One Sees the Video
- 1991: The Sea
- 1995: The Hothouse
- 1996: Habeas Corpus
- 1997: Dona Rosita the Spinster
- 1998: The School for Scandal
- 2003: The Way of the World
- 2003: Unsuspecting Susan
- 2005: Acorn Antiques: The Musical!
- 2005: Unsuspecting Susan
- 2009: Plague Over England
- 2009: Mixed Up North
- 2010: The Rivals
- 2010: Polar Bears
- 2010: Hay Fever
- 2011: Drama at Inish
- 2011–2012: Noises Off
- 2016: King Lear
- 2018–2019: Party Time and Celebration
|Ancestors of Celia Imrie|
- The Happy Hoofer (2011), Hodder & Stoughton, ISBN 978-1444709278
- Not Quite Nice (2015), Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN 978-1632860323
- Nice Work (If You Can Get It) (2016), Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN 978-1408876909
- Sail Away (2018), Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN 978-1408883235
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- Mellor, Rupert (3 May 2003)"She wears it well" The Times, London.
- "Celia Imrie – Awfully big adventure". Fabulousdames.com. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
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- "Times Online Viewing Guide – After You've Gone". London: Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "What's on Stage – Unsuspecting Susan". Whatsonstage.com. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Mitchell, Gabrielle (20 June 2005). "Variety Theatre Review – Unsuspecting Susan". Variety. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Rhoda Koenig (25 February 2009). "Plague Over England, Duchess Theatre, London; Saturday Night, Jermyn Street Theatre, London – Reviews, Theatre & Dance". The Independent. UK. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Lalayn Baluch (6 August 2009). "Imrie to star in world premiere of Mixed Up North". Thestage.co.uk. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
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- Imrie, Celia (2 April 2011). "My electric shock nightmare at the hands of the CIA's evil doctor". Daily Mail. London.
- "University celebrates Graduation 2013 at Winchester Cathedral". University of Winchester. 10 October 2013. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
- Celia Imrie Archived 4 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
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- "Meet the 2017 Women in Film and Television Award Winners". WFTV. 2 December 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- Jace Lacob (5 July 2012). "'Inspector Lewis' on PBS's 'Masterpiece Mystery': TV's Smartest Sleuths". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
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- Celia Imrie on IMDb
- Official website
- Celia Imrie Wins Olivier Award
- Interview with Celia Imrie
- Celia Imrie talks about Star Wars
- Celia Imrie Article with The Daily Telegraph
- Photograph of Celia as Marianne Bellshade in 1982 in Bergerac