I is for Imelda Staunton

MV5BMTQ0NzcwOTE0NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNjAxOTI1._V1_SX640_SY720_To a certain generation (my generation) Imelda Staunton will always be first and foremost Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series. She was one of the best casting decisions in the franchise and was a perfectly evil Umbridge. Every time she was on screen it looked liked she was having so much being bad.

She’s done some great voice work in Chicken Run (2000), Arthur Christmas (2011) and in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012) – I was obsessed with Chicken Run as a child and it went through a phase of always being on TV during the holidays whether that was Christmas or Easter.

Imelda Staunton played Hefina Headon in Pride (2014), a woman who organised community support during the Miner’s strike of the 1980’s, and she was brilliant. Pride was one of my favourite films of last year and Imelda was funny, strong and had some great softer moments in the film too.


  1. Totally agree! I think Imelda Staunton is so underrated. She’s an amazing villain, but she’s also fabulously funny and good in dramatic roles. Have you seen Peter’s Friends? It’s a movie from the early 90s starring her, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, and Hugh Laurie. It’s fantastic.

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