IMELDA STAUNTON CBE is a celebrated English stage and screen actress. Having trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she appeared in a vast number of high-profile plays and musicals in London, including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Into the Woods,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Entertaining Mr Sloane” and “Good People.” In 2015, Staunton starred as Rose in Jonathan Kent’s revival of “Gypsy,” opening to rave reviews and for which she won the Olivier Award for best actress in a musical. In 2017, Staunton appeared as Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” at the Harold Pinter Theatre and as Sally in “Follies” at the Royal National Theatre. In total for her theatre work, Staunton has earned 11 Olivier nominations, winning four.
Her career on the big screen has also been extensive and successful. She appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility,” John Madden’s “Shakespeare in Love,” Mike Leigh’s “Vera Drake,” Kirk Jones’ “Nanny McPhee,” Matthew Warchus’ “Pride,” as well as David Yates’ “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” again directed by David Yates, and playing the terrifying role of Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge.
Staunton lent her voice to the characters of Margaret Claus in Sarah Smith’s “Arthur Christmas,” Queen Victoria in Peter Lord’s “The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!,” a role which won her a nomination for an Annie Award for voice acting, and Aunt Lucy in the first instalment of “Paddington,” directed by Paul King.
Her on screen work has also received much acclaim. For her role as Vera Drake, Staunton won a BAFTA Award for best actress in a leading role, a British Independent Film Award for best actress and an Evening Standard British Film Award for best actress, to name just a few. She also received Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations. Her second BAFTA nomination, this time for best actress in a supporting role, came for her role as Hefina Headon in the critically-acclaimed “Pride,” which won her a British Independent Film Award.
Staunton is also well known to television audiences. She appeared in “The Singing Detective,” “Midsomer Murders” and the comedy drama series “Is It Legal?,” which aired on ITV and Channel 4 from 1995 to 1998. In 1995, she starred in the HBO movie “Citizen X,” and in 2007 she appeared in the five part BBC series “Cranford.” More recently, in 2012, she portrayed Alma Reville, wife of Alfred Hitchcock, in the HBO television film “The Girl,” opposite Toby Jones and Sienna Miller. This role won her BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Award® nominations.
In 2017, Staunton played Sandra in “Finding Your Feet,” directed by Richard Loncraine, and she returned to voice the character of Aunt Lucy in “Paddington 2,” directed once again by Paul King. More recently, she played Lady Bagshaw in the highly successful film adaptation of “Downton Abbey” as well as playing Karen Edwards in ITV’s “A Confession”, the real life story of Detective Steve Fulcher, written by Jeff Pope and directed by Paul Andrew Williams
Her upcoming projects include the first co-production between Apple TV and BBC Studios, “Alabama” and the lead in ITV’s new four part crime drama, “Flesh and Blood.”
Andy Nyman is an award-winning actor, director and writer who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in theatre, ﬁlm and television. His most recent theatre work includes playing Tevye in Trevor Nunn's highly lauded revival of 'Fiddler on the Roof', the West End run of Martin McDonnagh’s Hangmen, the highly acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory; Abigail’s Party in London’s West End, and in the original production of Ghost Stories which Andy starred in and co-wrote & co-directed with Jeremy Dyson.
Andy’s extensive television credits include Wanderlust, Hannah (Amazon), The Eichmann Show, Campus and Dead Set as well as his highly acclaimed performance as Winston Churchill in Peaky Blinders. Andy’s extensive ﬁlm credits include The Commuter, Death at a Funeral, Kick-Ass 2, Black Death, The Brother’s Bloom, Severance and Shut Up & Shoot Me for which Andy won the ‘Best Actor’ award at the Cherbourg Film Festival in 2006. Andy recently received much acclaim for playing Dan opposite Renee Zelwegger in Rupert Gould’s Judy Garland ﬁlm Judy. Next year he will be seen in Disney’s blockbuster Jungle Cruise. Last year saw the release of the ﬁlm version of Ghost Stories. Based on their own play, the ﬁlm was written and directed by Andy & Jeremy Dyson. Andy stars alongside Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther & Paul Whitehouse. The ﬁlm has been hailed as a ‘Modern Horror Classic’ and was recently number 16 in Empire magazines list ‘ The Great 25 Horror ﬁlms ever made’.
Andy has collaborated with Derren Brown for over 20 years. As well as co-writing and co-creating much of Derren’s early TV work, Andy has also co-written and directed 6 of Derren Brown’s stage shows winning the ‘Best Entertainment’ Olivier Award for Derren Brown: Something Wicked This Way Comes and recently won the New York Drama Desk Award for ‘Best Unique Theatrical Event 2017’ for Derren Brown: Secret.
Andy’s books The Golden Rules of Acting' & "More Golden rules of Acting' have become bestsellers within the acting world.
Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell will play Irene Molloy. Jenna recently starred in the UK premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. She won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2006 for her performance in Sunday In The Park With George at the Menier Chocolate Factory (a performance she later reprised on Broadway) and was nominated for her work in the Menier’s 2012 revival of Merrily We Roll Along. She also appeared in the acclaimed, London premiere production of Fun Home the Young Vic.