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Celia Imrie

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 13 February 2011

Immediately recognisable as one of Britain's most versatile actresses she's worked in television, theatre and films over the past four decades. While she's taken roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in big budget films, it's her instinct for TV comedy - working alongside Victoria Wood and Julie Walters - that has made her a household name.

Audiences loved the spoof soap opera Acorn Antiques and she won an Olivier Award for her role in the stage production. In the early days, though, she remembers the camera crews were unsure what was going on. "I do remember the cameramen watching what had been a very slick show up until Acorn Antiques and then just thinking, 'Why is this bit so bad? Why is the scenery swaying in the background?'"

Record: Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Book: The Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Luxury: A cut glass crystal chandelier with candles

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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    Bette Midler Is that all there is?

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    Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook, Columbia

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    Jonathan and Darlene's Greatest Hits Volume II, Corinthian records

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    Guid Luck Go Wi’ Ye, Grasmere Records

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    Wyonna Sing – Chapter 1, Curb Records

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    Kreisler: Violin Works, Naxos

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    Composer: Leslie Bricusse

    The Boyfriend/Goodbye Mr Chips/ original soundtracks, MGM CD

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    Puccini: Tosca, EMI CMS

  • The Royal Artillery Orchestra conducted by Major Frank Renton, RA. March of the Toys

    Composer: Victor Herbert Arr. F .A Renton

    Digital Marching Strings: Royal Artillery Orchestra, Bandleader

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