Our Patron - Celia Imrie

Celia 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).

In 2015, Celia 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 last year, Bloomsbury published her witty and enchanting sequel novel, Nice Work (If You Can Get It) which was published in paperback in February of this year. A previous book, The Happy Hoofer, is Celia's autobiography.

2016 saw Celia reprise her role as "Una Alconbury" in Bridget Jones's Baby, as well as playing "Claudia Bing" in the highly anticipated Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Celia also starred in the role of "Joan Erikson" in Year by the Sea, adapted from Joan Anderson's best-selling memoirs. 2016 also saw Celia star as "Phyllis" in the first season of FX's new comedy series Better Things, co-created by and starring Pamela Adlon.

Also in 2016, Celia 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.

 

From Angela Hardcastle:-

I first met Celia when she was a young student in my ballet class at Guildford School of Acting. The quality of her movement was always smooth and flowing and her personality was, as it is now, free-spirited, daring, mischievous and fun. Over the intervening years, it has been a delight to see her develop her distinguished career in so many directions, becoming one of our best loved actresses.

When asked to become Patron of Quicksilver, she did not hesitate. Her love of dance has never gone away and her belief in its beneficial effects for people of all ages is heartfelt. This year, her latest film Finding Your Feet with Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley will be released. Directed by Richard Loncraine, whose credits include Richard III with Ian McKellen and Firewall with Harrison Ford, Finding Your Feet fits perfectly into Quicksilver's philosophy, involving as it does a community dance class, an energetic group of third-agers, and their passionate belief that retirement is only the beginning.

We are so very pleased to welcome Celia as our Patron.