Celia Imrie
Actress
Celia Imrie
Celia Diana Savile Imrie is an English actress. In a career starting in the early 1970s, Imrie has played Marianne Bellshade in Bergerac, Philippa Moorcroft in Dinnerladies, Miss Babs in Acorn Antiques, Diana Neal in After You've Gone and Gloria Millington in Kingdom. She has been described as "one of the most successful British actresses of recent decades".
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Richard Gere, David Strathairn Check Into 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful is open for business again, and this time it will feature a few new guests. Richard Gere, David Strathairn and Tamsin Greig ("Episodes") have officially checked into "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2," which Fox Searchlight Pictures reveals has started filming in India. Gere and the others join returning stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup for the sequel. In it, Sonny (Patel) is overwhelmed by the hotel's expansion, while Evelyn and Douglas (Dench and Nighy, respectively) explore their new relationship and Madge (Imrie) must choose between two eligible bachelors. All the while, crotchety Muriel (Smith) proves to be everyone's confidant in her role as co-manager of the hotel. Everything is further complicated by the arrival of Guy (Gere) and Lavinia (Greig), who must adapt to the hotel's limited vacancy. No release date is set for "Marigold Hotel 2," which h ...
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Doctor Who – review
Guardian (UK) - almost 4 years
The first episode of the new series, in its 50th anniversary year, was complex, cutting edge and rather silly. But most of all it was splendid The 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who kicked off with something which didn't set out to, but nevertheless managed to, remind those of us who were watching and thinking just how far we've come. And in so very many good ways. Fifty years ago, revere its early days though many do, we youngsters were still mainly watching, when it came to the baddie/monster part, some man we quietly knew to be a bad actor (in the way children do) slathered in cheap BBC foil or sporting a rubber ear-globule or some such. Said bad actor would kick at a wall apparently made of tissue and spit, while making faintly electronic "woo" noises. Last night our lucky teens and kiddos got, at a modest count, a couple of swift and funny expositions on space/time theory of a quality unrivalled since the days when Douglas Adams was writing it; eight hugely pertinent questions ...
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DCI Banks return wins slot
Broadcast - over 4 years
The return of ITV1’s detective DCI Banks was enough to see off competition from Celia Imrie’s on Who Do You Think You Are?
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New DVDs this week
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (PG-13, 122 minutes, 20th Century Fox): A blandly middling crowd-pleaser, this film follows a group of seven English retirees who have taken up residence in a seedy Indian boarding house. Judi Dench and Celia Imrie star in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Dana (Kristen Connolly) and Holden (Jesse Williams) in "The Cabin in the Woods." Maggie Gyllenhaal as Charlotte Dalrymple in 'Hysteria' Photo by Ricardo Vaz Palma, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics Rita in Havana from Chico & Rita
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'Inspector Lewis' review: Ready for prime time
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
'Inspector Lewis' review: Ready for prime time If last week's broadcast of "Endeavour" on "Masterpiece Mystery" left you wanting more reasons to remember John Thaw's 33 episodes as "Inspector Morse," how about some new episodes of the "Morse" spin-off, "Inspector Lewis," airing over the next four Sundays on PBS? The quartet of new mysteries begins with "The Soul of Genius" on Sunday night, in which Lewis and his partner, James Hathaway (Laurence Fox), investigate the discovery of a body buried in the woods near an exquisite garden famous because it was frequented by Lewis Carroll. The body is that of a loner named Murray Hawes, who had been sent to Oxford at 15 and became an English professor obsessed with solving the riddle of Carroll's nonsense poem "The Hunting of the Snark." Setting out to solve the murder brings Lewis and Hathaway to interview Hawes' arrogant brother, the Rev. Conor Hawes (Alex Jennings); two arty, narcissistic students who've named themse ...
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Geoff Cox’s guide to new DVDs: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and more
The Bucks Herald - over 4 years
WHEN I booked into THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (12: Twentieth Century Fox) at my local multiplex in February, I didn’t expect any surprises. This manipulative charmer does exactly what it says on the posters and TV ads. It may be slightly predictable, yet this poignant tale never strays from satisfying, feel-good magic. Seven English pensioners looking for a fresh start are drawn to an advert for an hotel in the Indian city of Jaipur and plan to spend their retirement there. Lured by the promise of cheap luxury at the establishment of the title, the hotel, run by ever-optimistic manager Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), turns out to be a dump. Sonny’s enthusiasm wins them over and the pensioners’ shared experiences and their own adventures in the city has a transformative effect. Muriel (Maggie Smith) won’t eat anything that she can’t pronounce, but her xenophobia mellows, while Douglas (Bill Nighy), henpecked by wife Jean (Penelope Wilton), finds himself and Evelyn (Judi Dench) is fac ...
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Retirees Find Hope, Love & Adventure in Exotic Indian Hotel
CNN iReport - almost 5 years
What do you get when you mix a powerhouse of gifted British actors, a brilliant director and an exotic Indian hotel? You get one of the best films you will ever want to see! Academy Award-winning actress (and “M” persona) Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup and Celia Imrie are thrust into a world that is so foreign yet so familiar in the new romantic comedy ”The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” directed by the ingenious John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) The movie also stars super talented “Slumdog Millionaire” actor Dev Patel and beautiful newcomer, actress Tena Desea who plays Patel’s love interest. The story is based on the novel “These Foolish Things,” written by Deborah Moggach. Without giving much of the story line away, the film focuses on a group of recent retired British folks who decide go to India for a life of tranquility, serenity and relaxation. What they get in return is anything but and the glamorous hotel that they all ...
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A Who’s Who Guide to ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’
BBC Blogs- America - almost 5 years
The cast of 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' - including Bill Nighy (left) Dame Judi Dench (center), Dev Patel (6th left) and Celia Imrue (right) arriving for the UK premiere. (Yui Mok/AP Images) How many recognizable British stars, senior division, can you cram into one movie? The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel manages to feature more than a half dozen, and since most of these stars are getting on in years, better to praise them now rather than wait. The movie is a fun romp about a group of English geezers who move to a dilapidated hotel in Jaipur, India in hopes of living more cheaply in retirement. It opens today (Friday, May 4). Its impressive cast includes Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Bill Nighy and Celia Imrie. (As a bonus, Julie Christie puts in a brief appearance near the end.) At the opposite end of the age curve is Dev Patel, the young Anglo-Indian actor who became a star in Slumdog Millionaire. In Marigold Hotel, he plays an ambi ...
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Lloyd I. Sederer, MD: Movie Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel -- For the Elderly and Beautiful
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Why do people of older age seem so incapable of transformation? What circumstances and settings can unleash irresistible forces of change upon human passerbys, regardless of their age? Conjure up those transformative forces. Aim them at persons of advanced age, entrenched habits and deeply-rooted fears. Throw in the wondrous catalyst of an ancient culture (suffused with modernity) where life is considered a privilege and an (almost) endless journey. You now have the plot of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. You can go to this film and bear witness, but remember the Indian expression: "Everything will be all right in the end. So if it is not all right, it is not yet the end." Seven Brits -- one couple and five singles -- facing retirement conclude their finances cannot meet the monthly costs of the comfort they seek in their dotage (with one notable exception, whose motives unfold as the story is told). Their paths collide in Jaipur, once home to Rajasthan rulers, at t ...
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Review: 'Marigold Hotel' offers safe escape
Seattle Pi - almost 5 years
Review: 'Marigold Hotel' offers safe escape Handsome as the film is from John Madden, who directed Dench to her supporting-actress Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love," it too often spells out too much, and features painfully literal symbolism like a bird taking flight at just the right time. There's also Graham (Wilkinson), a burned-our high court judge with fond memories of India from his youth; Muriel (Smith), a cranky former housekeeper in need of a hip replacement who doesn't even bother to hide her racism; the bickering married couple Douglas (Nighy) and Jean (Penelope Wilton), who are miserable in their new assisted-living community; Madge (Celia Imrie), who'd rather be out hunting for a rich husband than taking care of her grandchildren; and Norman (Ronald Pickup), who's similarly been looking for love in all the wrong places. Upon arrival, though, they find the place is empty and falling apart, despite the best efforts of Sonny (Dev Patel of "Slumdog Million ...
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WORLD renowned guitarist Martin Taylor playing in Milngavie on Sunday
Bearsden Herald - almost 5 years
JAZZ guitarist Martin Taylor is appearing at The Milngavie Folk Club, The Fraser Centre, Douglas Street, Milngavie on Sunday, April 29. This will be a very intimate show for this multi award winning guitarist, composer and revered performer, Although completely self taught, he has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, and during that time has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, with a strong stage presence. His film credits include the French comedy “Milou En Mai” directed by Louis Malle, and more recently his composition “Green Lady” is featured in the Andrew Piddington movie “The Killing of John Lennon” His many TV credits include the theme music for “After You’ve Gone” featuring Nicholas Lyndhurst and Celia ...
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Win ITV1′s Titanic on Blu-ray
HeyUGuys.co.uk - almost 5 years
Win and watch TITANIC as you have never seen it before. The epic four part mini-series follows the story of the fateful hours aboard RMS Titanic in a completely new and unusual style. We are giving you a chance to win a copy of TITANIC on Blu-ray which is out now, courtesy of ITV STUDIOS Home Entertainment. Starring Toby Jones, Linus Roach and Celia Imrie, this Julian Fellowes master piece delivers on drama, intrigue, romance and disaster. Setting out to tell the unique tale of not just a single ship, but of an entire society, TITANIC investigates the human stories behind the great disaster. Over the four, hour long episodes, the audience will experience an unrestricted and comprehensive view into life aboard the doomed vessel. Spanning its entire journey from the shipyard in Belfast to its fatal ending at sea on 14th April, we are cleverly guided through a series of interweaving stories which lead us to believe that first impressions are not always what they seem. For those ...
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'Matilda' Nominated In Every Possible Category At Olivier Awards
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
LONDON — Naughty-but-nice musical "Matilda" is the front-runner for British theater's Olivier Awards with 10 nominations, including a joint best actress nod for the four children who share the title role. Based on Roald Dahl's tale of an extraordinary little girl from an ordinary family, "Matilda" is nominated in every possible category for Sunday's prizes, from set and lighting design to best new musical. The show, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is due to open on Broadway next year. Comedies "The Ladykillers" and "One Man, Two Guvnors" lead the non-musical categories with five nominations apiece. Jude Law is nominated for best actor in a play for "Anna Christie." He's up against James Corden for "One Man, Two Guvnors," David Haig for "The Madness of George III," Douglas Hodge for "Inadmissible Evidence" and the duo of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller – jointly nominated for alternating the title role in "Frankenstein." The best actre ...
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Celia Imrie shares her hair-raising diary from the set of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, follows a motley group of British pensioners who decide to live out their retirement at a newly restored hotel in less expensive and seemingly exotic India.
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Celia Imrie and Sue Johnston reveal their struggle with eating disorders
Daily Mail (UK) - over 5 years
Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, both women spoke of the pressure they felt to be thin while growing up in Sixties Britain.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Celia Imrie
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 63
    In May 2016, she made her US television debut in the DC action-adventure series Legends of Tomorrow.
    More Details Hide Details Imrie is perhaps best known for her frequent collaborations with Victoria Wood, with whom she has appeared in TV programmes such as the sitcom Dinnerladies and sketch show Victoria Wood As Seen On TV. It was on the latter show in 1985 that she first played the infamous part of Miss Babs, owner of Acorn Antiques, a parody of the low budget British soap opera Crossroads. These sketches became such a British institution that the show was turned into a West End musical in 2005 starring most of the original cast (see the picture on the right). Imrie won an Olivier Award for her performance. The character has curly blonde hair, and is known for her frequent parodic flirtations with the customers, and her abuse of the housekeeper Mrs Overall (portrayed by Julie Walters). Imrie was featured in the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? in October 2012 and discovered that an ancestor on her mother's side was William, Lord Russell, a Whig parliamentarian executed for treason in 1683, after being found guilty of conspiring against King Charles II. William, Lord Russell's grandmother was Lady Frances Howard, who was the central figure in a scandal during the reign of King James I involving the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury.
  • 2013
    Age 60
    On 18 October 2013 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Winchester.
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    In 2013 she guest starred in the BBC's Doctor Who where she played the villainous Miss Kizlet in the series opener The Bells of Saint John.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 58
    Imrie was the guest on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 on 13 February 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 57
    In 2010, she appeared alongside Robin Soans in a production of Sheridan's The Rivals.
    More Details Hide Details She has appeared with Martin Clunes twice, first in the 2002 John George Haigh biopic A Is For Acid and later in the successful ITV series Doc Martin. Her radio work includes parts in BBC Radio 4's No Commitments, Adventures of a Black Bag, and Bleak Expectations. In early 2007, she narrated the book Arabella, broadcast over two weeks as the Book at Bedtime.
  • 2009
    Age 56
    In 2009, Imrie appeared in Plague Over England on the West End, a play about John Gielgud, and received positive reviews for her performance, Charles Spencer of The Daily Telegraph calling her performance "delicious" and "touchingly sympathetic".
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, she appeared in the world premiere of Robin Soans' Mixed Up North, directed by Max Stafford-Clark.
  • 2005
    Age 52
    In 2005, she received very positive reviews for her US stage debut in Unsuspecting Susan.
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    She also appeared in the 2005 BBC television drama Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle, playing the part of a teacher taking an unruly party of pupils on a daytrip to Salisbury Cathedral.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in the BBC sitcom, After You've Gone, alongside Nicholas Lyndhurst and in the ITV1 drama Kingdom, with Stephen Fry. Her part in After You've Gone has, whilst being critically acclaimed, been described as "criminally squandered".
  • 2003
    Age 50
    She also had a guest appearance in an episode of the BBC Scotland sitcom Still Game in 2003, where she played a home help called Mrs Begg.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 47
    Television series to feature Imrie include The Nightmare Man, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Casualty, Absolutely Fabulous, The Darling Buds of May and Upstairs, Downstairs. In the 2000 miniseries of Gormenghast, she played Lady Gertrude.
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  • 1997
    Age 44
    Imrie's varied career spans films, television and radio drama, and the theatre. Her film credits include Nanny McPhee, Hilary and Jackie (playing Iris du Pré) and the 1997 film of The Borrowers where she played Homily Clock.
    More Details Hide Details Other films include Bridget Jones's Diary, Calendar Girls, Highlander and, as Fighter Pilot Bravo 5, in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. In 2004, Imrie played Doctor Imogen Reed in the schoolgirl thriller, Out of Bounds. In 2007 Imrie appeared in St Trinian's.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on July 15, 1952.
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