Celia Imrie plays “Phil,” Sam’s eccentric English expatriate mother – who happens to live across the street.
Imrie is an Olivier award-winning and Screen Actors Guild-nominated actress. In 2015, she starred in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as “Madge Hardcastle,” a performance that The Daily Telegraph declared “shining.” The film received critical acclaim and accolades including Best Picture nominations from The Hollywood Foreign Press, BAFTA and The Screen Actors Guild (Ensemble Award).
Last year, Imrie made her debut as a novelist with Not Quite Nice, which was Bloomsbury’s top selling title, a Sunday Times best-seller, reached number five on the iBooks paid for chart and was number six on the Amazon bestseller list. In March 2016, Bloomsbury published her witty and enchanting sequel novel, Nice Work (If You Can Get It).
This year, Imrie will be seen reprising her role as “Una Alconbury” in Bridget Jones’s Baby, as well as playing “Claudia Bing” in the highly anticipated Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Imrie recently finished filming the role of “Joan Erikson” in the upcoming Year by the Sea, adapted from Joan Anderson’s best-selling memoirs.
Imrie recently completed filming for Gore Verbinski’s supernatural horror film A Cure for Wellness. She is also due to star as “Mrs. Green” in the Olaf de Fleur Johannesson-directed Hush, a horror film based on the novella by E.M. Blomqvist.