Celia Imrie has won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her appearance in Acorn Antiques – The Musical! at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.
Acorn Antiques – The Musical! is the stage adaptation of Victoria Wood’s legendarily awful soap opera, which first tottered on to our screens in the 1980s. The show, which featured more wrinkled stockings, crumbling sets and forgotten lines than we could have possibly hoped for, ran at the Theatre Royal Haymarket between 27 January and 21 May 2005.
Imrie, wearing a slinky green one-shouldered dress, was clearly chuffed to bits at winning an award for a show that was "an absolute joy every night." So proud in fact, that she intends to display her statuette "very prominently in my bedroom so I can see it when I wake up in the morning!"
It is perhaps fitting that Celia Imrie should pick up her first Laurence Olivier Award for a performance in one of her collaborations with Victoria Wood; Imrie has worked closely with Wood for the last 20 years, appearing in a host of acclaimed television comedies alongside her and fellow Acorn Antiques star Julie Walters. In addition to her instantly recognisable comic roles on television, Imrie has also established herself as one of the UK’s most versatile and respected film and stage actresses. Her eclectic film roles range from Calendar Girls to Star Wars Episode I while her prolific stage career has included appearances for the RSC and an award-winning performance in Sam Mendes’ production of Edward Bond’s The Sea at the National Theatre.