Alison Steadman Biography

Birthday: 1946-08-26
Place of Birth: Liverpool, England
Height: 5' 6½" (1.69 m)
Wiki Biography: Liverpool-born actress Alison Steadman was born in 1946, the daughter of George Percival Steadman and Marjorie Evans. Educated at Childwall Valley High School, she studied at the East-15 Acting School from 1966-1969, then toiled as a secretary at the Liverpool Probation Service before deciding on a full-time acting career. She made her professional stage debut in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" at the Theatre Royal in 1968, where she also played Ophelia in "Hamlet." Following repertory experience she met playwright Mike Leigh and appeared in his plays "The Jaws of Death" and "Wholesome Glory," the latter making her London debut in 1973. She won the London Evening Standard Theatre Award in 1977 playing the lead role in "Abigail's Party" and appeared in a definitive TV version of the play directed by her husband that same year. Over the years Alison came to be known for her quirky roles and such dazzling stage work in "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice" (winning an Olivier Award in 1992), The Memory of Water (1999), Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" (2001) and "The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband" (2002), playing a wronged wife who does the unthinkable, only served to prove the extent of her versatility. Although her film appearances have been spotty, she greatly enhanced the few she has done in support, including A Private Function (1984), Coming Through (1985) (TV), Clockwise (1986), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), and Shirley Valentine (1989), not to mention her director-husband's critically lauded pictures Life Is Sweet (1990), for which she won the National Society of Film Critics Award, Secrets & Lies (1996), and Topsy-Turvy (1999). She and Leigh divorced in 2001. Alison has also entertained in many classy TV costumers, including "The Singing Detective" (1986), as the mother of Michael Gambon, and "Pride and Prejudice" (1995).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Play for Today 1970 Drama
The Wackers 1975 Comedy
The Singing Detective 1986 Drama
Karaoke 1996 Drama
No Bananas 1996 Drama
Stressed Eric 1998 Animation
Let Them Eat Cake 1999 - 1999 Comedy
Lenny Henry in Pieces 2000 Comedy
Fat Friends Betty Simpson 2000 - 2005 Drama
Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years Pauline Mole 2001 Comedy
The Worst Week of My Life Angela Cook 2004 Comedy
Gavin and Stacey Pam 2007 - 2007 Comedy
Come Rain Come Shine Dora Mitchell 2010 Family
Sitcom Does 2011 Documentary
Antiques Road Trip Herself 2011
Boomers Joyce 2014
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale Mrs. Meisling 0000
A Private Function 1985 Comedy
Clockwise 1986 Comedy
Shirley Valentine 1989 0, 0
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1989 Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt Eva Wilt 1990 Comedy, Crime
Life Is Sweet 1991
Blame It on the Bellboy Rosemary Horton 1992
Ivor the Invisible 2001
Happy Now Bronwyn Race 2002 Comedy, Thriller
The Singing Detective 2003 0, 0, Game Show
Chunky Monkey Beryl 2003
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 2004 Drama
Peterman Auntie Jean 2014 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Confetti 2014 0, Biography
Burn Burn Burn Diana 2015 Comedy
Dad's Army Mrs. Fox 2016 Comedy