23 Facts About Alison Steadman


Alison Steadman was born on 26 August 1946 and is an English actress.


Alison Steadman received the 1991 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for the Mike Leigh film Life Is Sweet and the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Mari in the original production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.


Alison Steadman received BAFTA TV Award nominations for the 1986 BBC serial The Singing Detective and in 2001 for the ITV drama series Fat Friends.


Alison Steadman was born in Liverpool, the youngest of three sisters born to Marjorie and George Percival Alison Steadman, who worked as a production controller for Plessey, an electronics firm.


Alison Steadman was educated at Childwall Valley High School for Girls, a state grammar school in the Liverpool suburb of Childwall, followed by East 15 Acting School, at which she secured a place in the autumn of 1966 and where she met Mike Leigh during her second year.


Alison Steadman created the role of the monstrous Beverly in Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, which she reprised with the original cast on television.


Alison Steadman won an Olivier Award for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and appeared in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Hotel Paradiso, and others in locations as diverse as the Royal Court, the Theatre Royal, the Old Vic, the Hampstead Theatre, the Nottingham Playhouse, the Everyman Liverpool and the National Theatre.

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Alison Steadman starred as Elmire in the 1983 RSC production of Moliere's Tartuffe, which was adapted for BBC television.


In 2010 Alison Steadman played Madame Arcati in a revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.


In 2014 Alison Steadman appeared as Madame Raquin in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Emile Zola's Therese Raquin.


An early television appearance came in 1976 which saw Alison Steadman cast as Cheryl Baker in the Granada Television daytime series Crown Court.


Alison Steadman's character was the secretary of a confidence trickster found guilty of fraud.


Alison Steadman appeared in the BBC comedy The Worst Week of My Life.


In October 2007 Alison Steadman appeared in Fanny Hill on BBC Four.


Alison Steadman returned in the role in the 2019 Christmas special.


Alison Steadman appeared in Lewis as the Reverend Martha Steadman in 'Intelligent Design' in 2013.


Alison Steadman starred with Myra Frances in Girl, a 1974 BBC play in the Second City Firsts series, performing the first lesbian kiss on British television.


In 2014 Alison Steadman starred in the first series of the BBC comedy Boomers as Joyce.


In 2018 Alison Steadman made a return to BBC1 with John Cleese in Hold the Sunset.


On 9 December 2018 Alison Steadman appeared in the BBC1 Drama 'Care' in the role of Mary.


Alison Steadman had a spell in Roy Hudd's long-running comedy show The News Huddlines in the early to mid 1980s.


Alison Steadman asked her to be in his film Hard Labour, during which, both said, they "got together".


Alison Steadman is a birdwatcher and in November 2016 became an ambassador for London Wildlife Trust.