Alison Steadman

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Alison Steadman OBE (born 26 August 1946) is an English actress. She established her career with roles such as Beverley in Abigail's Party and Candice Marie in Nuts in May for the director Mike Leigh, to whom she was once married. In addition to her stage and radio work, she has had lead roles in The Singing Detective, Pride and Prejudice and Gavin and Stacey. In 1992 she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Mari in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

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Steadman was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, the youngest of three sisters, the daughter of Marjorie (née Evans), who died of cancer,Marie Curie Cancer Care advertisement, broadcast February 2011 who worked for Plessey, an electronics firm, as a production controller. She secured a place to go to the East 15 Acting School in the autumn of 1966, where she first met Mike Leigh, during her second year. Later, in 1972, and in Manchester to shoot his television film Hard Labour, Leigh drove over to Liverpool to see Ted Whitehead's play The Foursome, (Steadman was in the Liverpool Everyman cast), and asked her to be in his film. "During the preparation of the film, Mike and Alison, as they both say, 'got together.' " They married in 1973...
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