Celia Imrie | Biography
Versatile English actress Celia Imrie has already given more than three decade of her life to the entertainment industry and is still going strong. An alumni of the Guildford School of Acting, Celia ability of portraying every kind of roles from dramatic to comedy to intense has listed her among the most talented stars. With her temperament, looks and composed elegance Celia wooed many hearts. She is celebrated for her performances in “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menance” and “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”.
One of five children, Celia Imrie was born on 15th of July 1952 in Fuildford, Surrey, England. Celia had a pleasant childhood with a home maker mom, Diana Elizabeth Blois and a doctor father, David Andrew Imrie. She is of English and Scottish heritage. She completed her high schooling through the Fuildford High School. She always desired to a ballerina but she could not pursuit her childhood dream because of her towering height. At age fourteen, Celia suffered from anorexia nervosa, thus was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital. She was under heavy medications and was given electroshock. On 18th of October 2013, the University of Winchester awarded her with honorary decorate. After her dream of being an actress was dashed, she decided to make her career in acting.
Though Celia Imrie has not tied knot till date, she has a son with actor Benjamin Whitrow. She gave birth to her first child named Angus Imrie in 1994. In 2007, she appeared in the series “Kingdom” along with his son, playing his mother. As she does not prefer to talk much about her personal life, not much is known about her boyfriends or relationships. Sixty two years old Celia prefers to age gracefully rather than using any type of plastic or cosmetic surgeries. A true gem of Britain’s entertainment industry, Celia has a heart of gold. She supports foundations and charities, such as Nordoff Robbins and Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
At age sixteen, Celia made her stage debut on the production of “Dick Whittington”. Her small screen debut came in ITV series “Upstairs, Downstairs”. She followed this with minor roles in feature films, such as “Assassin” and “House of Whipcord”. She landed her break through role in series “Bergerac” where she portrayed Marianne Bellshade. Her imitation of Lady Diana Spencer in “81 Take 2” garnered Victoria Wood’s attention that led her to a fruitful and long association with her. She was honored with Oliver Award for her performance in musical “Acorn Antiques”. On the small screen, she has amazed her fans with the ability of fitting in every type of character, particularly intense teacher in “Orange Are Not the Only Fruit”, the murderous aunt in 1994’s “A Dark Adapted Eye” and Lady Gertrude in fantasy sitcom “Gormenghast”. Her lighter comic roles as mother-in-law of Nicholas Lyndhurst in series “After You’ve Gone” and receptionist Gloria in “Kingdom” impressed the television audiences.
Celia has starred in a diverse range of movies, including “The Wicked Lady”, “A Midwinter’s Tale”, “The Borrowers”, “Hilary and Jackie”, “Star Wars: Episode I – the Phantom Menance”, “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, “Lucky Break”, “Thunderpants”, “Heartlands”, “Calendar Girls”, “Out of Bounds”, “Bridge Jones: The Edge of Reason”, “St. Trinian’s II: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey”. As of 2015, she appeared in two films “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist”. Talking about her small screen projects, her recent acting credits include series, such as “The Lavender List”, “Where the Heart Is”, “The Road of Coronation Street”, “The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff”, “Titanic”, “Lewis: The Soul of Genius”, “Doctor Who”, “Our Zoo”, “Live and Marriage” and “Vicious”. On 13th of February 2011, she appeared on “Desert Island Discs” as a guest. She has worked on more than fifty stage productions. Unfortunately no reliable source has revealed the numerical data of net worth of this accomplished actress. However looking at her career graph, it’s not difficult to anticipate that she has garnered millions of dollars throughout her career. More information on this prolific actress is available in wiki.