Imelda Staunton is a British actress who portrays Dolores Umbridge in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She reprised her role as Umbridge in Part 1 of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Staunton is a well-respected, multiple award-winning actress. She has won the Laurence Olivier theatre award twice, received an Academy Award nomination and is an associate member of RADA. She has appeared in countless theatre productions, films and television shows, including; Much Ado About Nothing (1993, directed by Kenneth Branagh and co-starring Branagh, Emma Thompson, and music scored by Patrick Doyle), Sense and Sensibility (1995, also starring Emma Thompson, Robert Hardy, Gemma Jones, Alan Rickman, Elizabeth Spriggs, and Sophie Thompson), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Vera Drake (2004), and Nanny McPhee (2005). In 2012, Staunton played the lead role of Mrs Lovett in the West End revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
In 1999, she played Mrs Micawber in David Copperfield, which Daniel Radcliffe starred in as young David Copperfield. She reprised her antagonist role as the voice of Queen Victoria in The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists!, co-starring David Tennant and Brendan Gleeson.
She narrated the hour-long documentary, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, on BBC Two.
Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton O.B.E, was born to Joseph and Bridie Staunton on the 9th of January 1956 in Archway, North London. She is married to the actor Jim Carter and has a daughter named Bessie, born 1993.