Alison Steadman(1946-), Actress
Sitter in 2 portraits
After studying at East 15, where she met playwright Mike Leigh, whom she later married, Steadman made her professional debut in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Theatre Royal in 1968. She appeared in Leigh's plays The Jaws of Death and Wholesome Glory. She won the Evening Standard Theatre Award in 1977 for playing the lead role in Abigail's Party and appeared in a television version directed by Leigh. Steadman's other stage work includes The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, for which she won an Olivier Award in 1992. She won the National Society of Film Critics' Award for Life Is Sweet (1990) and stars in the TV series, Gavin & Stacey (2007-10). She was awarded an OBE in 1999.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
- Mike Leigh (husband)
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