Alison Steadman

Alison Steadman


Life Story

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 (1988), 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).



Mike Leigh (15 August 1973 - 2001) ( 2 children)


Gave birth to her 1st child at age 31, a son Toby Leigh on February 3, 1978. Child's father is her [now ex] husband, Mike Leigh.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 34, a son Leo Leigh on August 15, 1981. Child's father is her [now ex] husband, Mike Leigh.
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honors List for her services to drama.
She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1993 (1992 season) for Best Actress in "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice".
She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 (1999 season) for Best Actress for her performance in "The Memory of Water" at the Vaudeville Theatre.
She was awarded the 1986 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Kafka's Dick.
Reprising her role as "Shelia" in 'Simon Mendas Da Costa''s hit comedy play, "Losing Louis", and touring England alongside David Horovitch, Rula Lenska and David Cardy. [March 2006]
London N6, England [June 2008]
Starring in Losing Louis, Playing Sheila, at Trafalgar Studios, London. [May 2005]


Personal Quotes 

The more channels we get the more hours there are to fill so you get more reality shows. I hate things like Big Brother (2000). They're out of date and a waste of time on the part of people in the show and of the viewers. Life's too short to be watching that. If you see me on one of those shows you'll know I've lost the plot.
It's brilliant people still talk about something I made 33 years ago and they're also talking about something I did last year. I can't complain.



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