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 Awards®-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).
In 2015, Imrie made her debut as a novelist with Not Quite Nice, which was Bloomsbury’s top selling title, a Sunday Times bestseller, reached number five on the iBooks Top Ebook Best Seller Chart and was number six on the Amazon bestseller list. Bloomsbury published her witty and enchanting sequel novel, Nice Work (If You Can Get It), in March 2016.
2016 saw Imrie reprise her role as “Una Alconbury” in Bridget Jones’s Baby, as well as “Claudia Bing” in the highly-anticipated Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Imrie also starred in the role of “Joan Erikson” in Year by the Sea, adapted from Joan Anderson’s best-selling memoirs.
In 2016 Imrie also returned to the stage in King Lear at The Old Vic as "Goneril," one of King Lear’s elder daughters. The production also saw Glenda Jackson return to the stage as the eponymous king alongside Rhys Ifans, Jane Horrocks and Harry Melling.
So far in 2017, Imrie has appeared in Gore Verbinski’s supernatural horror film A Cure for Wellness opposite Jason Isaacs and Dane Dehaan. 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.