Alison Steadman

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), 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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Cast Credits

Hold the Sunset (2018)
Starring as Edith
  • Episode 1x01: Bubbly (Feb 18, 2018)
Bad Habits, Holy Orders (2017)
Starring as Narrator (4 episodes)
Saturday Morning with James Martin (2017)
Guest starring as Alison Steadman
Britain's Home Truths (2017)
Guest starring as Alison Steadman
Lifeline (2017)
Guest starring as Presenter
Little British Isles with Alison Steadman (2016)
Starring as Alison Steadman (2 episodes)
The One Show (2015)
Guest starring as Alison Steadman (2 episodes)
Boomers (2014)
Starring as Joyce
The Great War: The People's Story (2014)
Guest starring as Hallie Miles (3 episodes)
Inside No. 9 (2014)
Guest starring as Madam Talbot
Orphan Black (2013)
Guest starring as Kendall Malone (5 episodes)
A Very British Wedding (2013)
Starring as Narrator (4 episodes)
  • Episode 1x04: Episode 4 (Apr 9, 2013)
  • Episode 1x03: Episode 3 (Mar 27, 2013)
  • Episode 1x02: Episode 2 (Mar 20, 2013)
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The Syndicate (2012)
Starring as Rose Wilson (6 episodes)
  • Episode 2x06: Mandy (Apr 23, 2013)
  • Episode 2x05: Alan (Apr 16, 2013)
  • Episode 2x04: Luke (Apr 9, 2013)
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The Great Sport Relief Bake Off (2012)
Guest starring as Alison Steadman
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (2011)
Guest starring as Alison Steadman
All Roads Lead Home (2011)
Starring as Alison Steadman (3 episodes)
Gavin and Stacey (2007)
Starring as Pam Shipman
Lewis (2006)
Guest starring as Reverend Martha Seager (2 episodes)
Agatha Christie's Marple (2004)
Guest starring as Kirsten Lindstrom
Fat Friends (2000)
Starring as Betty Simpson
Let Them Eat Cake (1999)
Starring as Madame de Plonge
Stressed Eric (1998)
Starring as Mrs. Perfect
Midsomer Murders (1998)
Guest starring as Abigail Tonev
The Missing Postman (1997)
Starring as Christine Peacock (2 episodes)
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Starring as Mrs. Bennett (6 episodes)
  • Episode 1x06: Part 6 (Oct 29, 1995)
  • Episode 1x05: Part 5 (Oct 22, 1995)
  • Episode 1x04: Part 4 (Oct 15, 1995)
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Screen One (1989)
Guest starring as Jackie Johns
Countdown (1982)
Guest starring as Alison Steadman (10 episodes)
The Wackers (1975)
Starring as Bernadette Clarkson
Edith ()
Starring as Edith
Comedy Playhouse (1961)
Starring as Brenda