Much loved British actress, best known for her role in Abigail's Party.
Alison's starred in many of her husband Mike Leigh plays and films, most notably the title role in Abigail's Party on both stage and screen. She also appeared in the movies Life is Sweet and Secrets and Lies.
Other film work includes A Private Function, Shirley Valentine and Wilt.
Alison's a regular face in TV drama. Her credits include Pride and Prejudice, Karaoke, Fat Friends, Adrian Mole: The Cappucino Years and Dalziel and Pascoe among many others.
She's also forged an enormously successful career on stage, including winning the Olivier Award for Best Actress in 1993 for her role as Mari in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
In 2000 she was awarded an OBE for services to British Drama.
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