Sunday, 26 January 2014

Leigh's Ladies : Alison Steadman

And seeing as we're speaking of her...



Alison Steadman.

Number of filmed Leigh projects: Seven (plus an uncredited voice over for Kiss of Death) from the 1970s through to the late 1990s.

Married to Leigh from 1973 to 2001 (though they'd split by the mid 90s) and the mother of his two sons, Toby and Leo, Alison Steadman is the archetypal Leigh leading lady. It's hard to pick a career best from those seven films and TV plays but it's fair to say she will most be remembered for her role as the monstrous Beverley in Abigail's Party and the twee Candice Marie in Nuts In May. Two roles that couldn't be any more different yet for Steadman, one of the finest actors of her generation, they were a perfect chance to exhibit her chameleon like abilities and her talent for getting to the absolute believability of each character she plays. 








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