Imelda Staunton is now the patron of Swan Theatre
All the great actors of the Harry Potter series had to begin somewhere. Some began their careers on the Potter set, while others had been in the business long before Potter. Imelda Staunton (Professor Umbridge) began her acting career in the 1970s at Swan Theatre, with the Worcester Repertory Company in the UK. Staunton is now being honored at the Swan Theatre as their new patron. Staunton says,
It is a great honour to be the patron of the theatre where I started my career.
Since her beginning at Swan Theater, Staunton has gone on to play many different roles on stage. She played Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (1982), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2011), and most recently Rose in Gypsy (2015), which is currently being performed in the West End. Staunton has also gone on to do many movies such as Pride alongside Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) and Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) and also starred in Alice in Wonderland, alongside many Potter alumni.
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