Imelda Staunton is best known for her stellar performances in the likes of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. And much to the delight of her fans, the British actress is returning to our screens as the late Queen Elizabeth II in season six of The Crown. Whilst Imelda is very open about her acting past, the thespian keeps much of her private life under wraps. We take a deep dive into her love life and marriage…
67-year-old Imelda is married to fellow actor and Downton star Jim Carter. The loved-up couple met in 1982 when they both starred in the National Theatre production of Guys and Dolls.
The couple wed in 1983, a year after meeting, and have been the picture of marital bliss during their 40-year union. The couple even recently spoke about their marriage during lockdown and admitted that they're averse to technology despite it being an important communication tool.
Jim and Imelda share one daughter together, Bessie, who was born in 1993. Given her parents' successful careers in the industry, it's perhaps unsurprising that she has followed in her footsteps! She is perhaps best known for playing Prudence Featherington in Bridgerton.
The married couple have worked together on multiple occasions. They've both starred in Shakespeare in Love, Alice in Wonderland, and more recently in the Downton Abbey films, with Jim reprising his role as Mr Carson, and Imelda taking on the role of Lady Maud Bagshaw, lady-in-waiting to Queen Mary and a cousin of the Crawley family.
After joining the cast in 2019, Imelda spoke to HELLO! about what it was like to work with her husband. She revealed: "Downton was just luxury, like a nice box of chocolates.
"Jim and I only worked together for about two days. It was so nice, so exciting. But of course I have been living with Downton for six or seven years… I tried to get the dog in it, no they weren't having [it]."
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