Imelda Staunton Quotes

There are lots of wonderful actors doing animated films these days but I prefer it when you can't recognise them - it means they've really become the character.

Chaotic people often have chaotic lives and I think they create that. But if you try and have an inner peace and a positive attitude I think you attract that.

Agents and producers have to get you into a box to accommodate their limited imaginations.

If you're at an award ceremony you're against your mates.

You could say I'm a character actress. Or maybe a character actress who does peculiar interesting lead roles.

I've always tried to fight against 'Oh who's that small funny actress? Let's get her.'

I've always liked new writing.

Drama school introduced me to a world I had no idea about. I wasn't brought up in a literary household at all.

You can only do your best. That's all you can do. And if it isn't good enough it isn't good enough.

I start the day with either Radio 3 or Radio 4. I don't watch any daytime television at all.

Look at Judi Dench who's brilliant in whatever bloody job she does.

I've fallen over on stage a couple of times but I've only ever bruised my ego.

I was brought up a Catholic so I take no pleasure in guilt.

I think the first 10 years of my daughter's life were my mother's happiest because she could finally have carefree time with a kid.

We're in a world that celebrates things: success beauty money. And I reckon that's really about 4 per cent of the world. The rest of us are just getting on with it.

You could say I'm a character actress. Or maybe a character actress who does peculiar interesting lead roles. Does that make sense?

The one good thing is that I get a lot more good scripts coming through my letterbox. 'Vera Drake' raised my profile in one way and then 'Harry Potter' in another.

Both my parents had heart problems: my mother had type 2 diabetes and my father had a stroke.

Fortunately my career has never been about how I look it's about how I can be.

A lot of film stars are just playing themselves in different frocks.

For everyday clothes I love North Face and Rohan and for smarter options I like Whistles and Agnes b on Marylebone High Street.

To me it's really not about how I look - it's about who I can be. It is my job to bring the character to life and my duty to fit into the jigsaw in that story.

I worked in rep for six years then I came to London and to the National Theatre. What's better than that