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Alison Steadman

Alison Steadman OBE is an English actor ranked no. 42 in a 2007 poll by Channel 4 on the "50 Greatest Actors". Known for early roles in Mike Leigh films, to whom she was married for 28 years, she is known for playing Pam Shipman on the BBC's Gavin And Stacey and for a variety of television and radio roles.

Biography

Alison Steadman OBE is a much-loved English actor ranked no. 42 in a [y]2007] poll by Channel 4 on the "50 Greatest Actors". Highly acclaimed throughout her career, she won the 1991 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for her performance in the Mike Leigh film Life Is Sweet. (She would be married to Leigh from 1973 to 2001, when they filed for divorce.) Further accolades came with the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Actress for playing Mari in the original production of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice.

Steadman was born in Liverpool and educated at Childwall Valley High School for Girls, a state grammar school in the Liverpool suburb of Childwall, followed by East 15 Acting School. It was here that she met Mike Leigh during her second year of study.

After stage roles in several Mike Leigh's plays in the 1970s, including Nuts In May (1976) and Abigail's Party (1977), Steadman began a career in television, appearing in the BBC serial The Singing Detective and the ITV drama series Fat Friends.

Steadman is known for several radio roles in BBC Radio 4 sitcoms: Mother in Bird Island, about a scientist working in the Antarctic, Ginny Fox in Gloomsbury, about the Bloomsbury group, whose arty and adulterous adventures dominated the cultural scene in the early 20th century, Mrs Naughtie in Hamish And Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea, a spin-off from classic panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, and Angela in The Worst Week Of My Life about Howard Steel, a man who always manages to mess things up. She has also learnt huge legions of dedicated fans for her role as Pam Shipman on the much-loved BBC sitcom Gavin And Stacey. An Essex wife who does not have to work and loves entertainment and a good party, Pam has been married to Mick for 26 years and adores her son, Gavin, whom she calls 'my little prince',

She also featured as 'Joyce' alongside Philip Jackson and Russ Abbot, among others, in the BBC One sitcom Boomers, about a trio of newly-retired couples in Norfolk who gradually learn the value of quality time with loved ones.

In 2018 Steadman returned to BBC One with John Cleese in the sitcom Hold The Sunset, which follows two retired neighbours, playing by Cleese and Steadman, who live in Twickenham yet plan to start a new life together in Gozo.

In 2016, Steadman became an ambassador for London Wildlife Trust.

Gender
Female
Nationality
England
Born
Monday 26th August 1946 (73 years-old)

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2019 The Break - Series 3 Announced Corinne
2019 Gavin & Stacey - Christmas Special Coming Soon
  1. Christmas Special
Pam
2019 Skeletons In The Cupboard Maureen
2019 Hold The Sunset - Series 2 Edith
2019 Relativity - Series 2 Margaret
2019 23 Walks Brand New Fern
2018 Hold The Sunset - Christmas Special
  1. If I Were A Wise Man
Edith
2018 The Reluctant Landlord - Series 1
  1. E3 - Mama's Boy
Debbie
2018 Gloomsbury - Series 5 Ginny Fox
2018 Gloomsbury - Series 5 Mrs Gosling
2018 The Break - Series 2 Corinne
2018 The Break - Series 2 Ensemble Actor
2018 Hold The Sunset - Series 1 Edith
2017 Static Cath
2017 Relativity - Series 1 Margaret
2017 Our Hylda Hylda Baker
2017 Woof - Chris Neill - Woof - One Man's Search For A Dog Or A Boyfriend Ensemble Actor
2017 Gloomsbury - Series 4
  1. E6 - Venice the Menace
Italian maid
2017 Byron And The Curse Of Sintra Lady ex-Byron
2017 Byron And The Curse Of Sintra Queen Joanna the Mad
2017 Gloomsbury - Series 4 Ginny Fox
2017 Gloomsbury - Series 4 Mrs Gosling
2017 Sweats Aunt Lois
2017 We Have Been Watching Narrator
2016 Brian Butterfield sitcom Cancelled Secretary
2016 Yonderland - Series 3
  1. Special - It's The Thought That Counts
Barbara
2016 We Have Been Watching Narrator
2016 Burn Burn Burn Diana
2016 Rumblings From The Rafters Various
2016 The Break - Series 1
  1. E2 - Cold Mountain
Joyce
2016 The Break - Series 1 Corinne
2016 The Break - Series 1 Ensemble Actor
2016 Let's Do It: A Tribute To Victoria Wood Self
2016 Chain Reaction - Series 11
  1. E6 - Roy Hudd interviews Alison Steadman
Guest
2016 Boomers - Series 2 Joyce
2016 Broken Biscuits Brenda
2016 Dad's Army Mrs. Fox
2015 Incredible Women - Series 4
  1. E3 - Mandy Fenwick
Mandy's Mum
2015 Boomers - Christmas Special Joyce
2015 John Finnemore's Double Acts - Series 1
  1. E2 - Wysinnwyg
Adele
2015 Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Self
2015 Inside No. 9 - Series 2
  1. E6 - Séance Time
Anne
2014 Gossip From The Garden Pond Dragonfly
2014 Boomers - Series 1 Joyce
2014 Bird Island - Series 2 Mother
2014 Gloomsbury - Series 2 Ginny Fox
2014 Gloomsbury - Series 2 Mrs Gosling
2013 Ed Reardon's Week - Series 9 Pearl
2013 Love And Marriage Pauline Paradise
2012 Little Crackers - Little Crackers 2012
  1. E9 - Paul O'Grady's Little Cracker
Paul's Mum
2012 Little Crackers - Little Crackers 2012 Alison's Mum
2012 Little Crackers - Little Crackers 2012 Writer
2012 Living With Mother - Series 2 Tilly
2012 Gloomsbury - Series 1 Ginny Fox
2012 Gloomsbury - Series 1 Mrs Gosling
2012 Bird Island - Series 1 Mother
2012 A Civil Arrangement Isobel
2012 Tidal Talk From The Rockpool - Series 2 The Anemone
2011 Sitcom Does...
  1. E2 - Sitcom Does Romance With Joanna Page
Self
2011 Living With Mother - Series 1 Susan
2010 Fry And Laurie: Reunited Narrator
2009 Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off - Series 4
  1. E3 - The Orient Express
Lady Flench
2009 Gavin & Stacey - Series 3 Pam
2009 Beauty Of Britain - Series 1
  1. E4 - Pastor Dave
Mrs Blanchard
2009 Cabin Pressure - Series 2
  1. E1 - Helsinki
Ruth Gregson
2009 The Many Faces Of... Self
2008 Gavin & Stacey - Series 2 Pam
2007 The Omid Djalili Show - Series 1
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Mrs. Dashett
2007 Miranda Hart's Joke Shop - Pilot
  1. Pilot
Penny
2007 Gavin & Stacey - Series 1 Pam
2007 Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation - Series 7
  1. E2 - How To Believe
Ensemble Actor
2006 The Worst Week Of My Life - The Worst Christmas Of My Life Angela
2006 Hamish And Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea - Series 3 Mrs Naughtie
2006 Grumpy Old Women - Series 2 Narrator
2006 Confetti Sam's Mum
2005 The Worst Week Of My Life - Series 2 Angela
2005 Grumpy Old Women - Series 1 Narrator
2004 Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation - Series 6
  1. E2 - How To Argue Your Position
Ensemble Actor
2004 Elephants To Catch Eels - Series 2
  1. E6 - Mother
'Lizabeth
2004 Hamish And Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea - Series 2 Mrs MacAlister
2004 The Worst Week Of My Life - Series 1 Angela
2004 Hamish And Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea - Series 2
  1. E3 - The Fitness Club
Monika Diesel
2004 Hamish And Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea - Series 2 Mrs Naughtie
2002 Hamish And Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea - Series 1
  1. E3 - Romance In The Glen
Lady Caroline Fitz-Neatleigh
2002 Hamish And Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea - Series 1 Mrs MacAlister
2002 Hamish And Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea - Series 1 Mrs Naughtie
2002 Celeb
  1. E5 - The Love Child
Grandma
1999 Let Them Eat Cake Madame de Plonge
1997 Tidal Talk From The Rockpool - Series 1 The Anemone
1997 The Missing Postman Christine Peacock
1992 Gone To Seed Actor
1991 Gone To The Dogs Actor
1989 Wilt Eva
1986 Clockwise Gwenda Stimpson
1984 A Private Function Mrs Allardyce
1979 Two's Company - Series 4
  1. E5 - The Silence
Pamela
1977 Abigail's Party Beverly
1976 Nuts In May Candice-Marie
1975 The Wackers Bernadette Clarkson
1973 Frost's Weekly Actor

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Alison Steadman on IMDb

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