Imogen Stubbs

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Imogen Stubbs
Born (1961-02-20) 20 February 1961 (age 59)
Education St Paul's Girls' School
Westminster School
Exeter College, Oxford
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1982–present
(m. 1994;separated 2011)

Imogen Stubbs, Lady Nunn (born 20 February 1961) is an English actress and writer.


Her first leading part was in Privileged (1982), followed by A Summer Story .

Her first play, We Happy Few , was produced in 2004. In 2008 she joined Reader's Digest as a contributing editor and writer of fiction.

Early life

Imogen Stubbs was born in Rothbury, [1] Northumberland, lived briefly in Portsmouth, Hampshire, where her father was a naval officer, and then moved with her parents to London, where they lived on a vintage river barge on the Thames. She was educated at Cavendish Primary School, then at two independent schools: St Paul's Girls' School and Westminster School, where Stubbs was one of the girls in the mixed sixth form, and Exeter College, Oxford, gaining a First Class degree.

Her acting career started at Oxford, where she played Irina in a student production of Three Sisters at the Oxford Playhouse. After graduating, she enrolled at RADA, and while there had her first professional work, playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret at the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. [2] In 1982 she also appeared in her first film, Privileged .

Stubbs graduated from RADA in the same class as Jane Horrocks and Iain Glen, and later became an Associate Member of RADA.


In the 1980s Stubbs achieved success on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company, notably as Desdemona in Othello , which was directed by Trevor Nunn. Other stage work includes Saint Joan at the Strand Theatre and Heartbreak House at the Haymarket, and in 1997 she played in a London production of A Streetcar Named Desire .

In 1988, Stubbs was a notable Ursula Brangwen in a BBC serialization of The Rainbow , and in 1993 and 1994 had the title role in Anna Lee . She played Lucy Steele in Sense and Sensibility (1995).

In July 2004, Stubbs's play We Happy Few , directed by her husband and starring Juliet Stevenson and Marcia Warren, opened at the Gielgud Theatre, London, after a try-out in Malvern. [3] In September 2008 Reader's Digest announced that she had joined the magazine as a contributing editor and writer of adventure stories. [4]

Personal life

In 1994, Stubbs married Trevor Nunn, acquiring the courtesy title of Lady Nunn when he was knighted in 2002. [5] The couple have two children: [6] a son and a daughter, Ellie Nunn, who is also an actress. [7] In April 2011, Stubbs announced that she and her husband were separating. [8]



1982 Privileged Imogen
1986 Nanou Nanou
1988 A Summer Story Megan David
1989 Erik the Viking Princess Aud
1991 True Colors Diana Stiles
1991The WandererNarratorVoice
1994 A Pin for the Butterfly Mother
1995 Jack and Sarah Sarah
1995 Sense & Sensibility Lucy Steele
1996 Twelfth Night Viola
2003CollusionMary Dolphin
2004 Dead Cool Henny
2011BabysittingMrs. WollenbergShort
2016Stake OutSallyShort
2017Kew GardensIsabellaShort, post-production
2018 London Unplugged Isabella Anthology film


1985The Browning VersionMrs. GilbertTV film
1988 The Rainbow Ursula BrangwenTV miniseries
1988 Deadline Lady Romy BurtonTV film
1990Relatively SpeakingGinny WhittakerTV film
1990PasternakLara / Olga (voice)TV film
1990 Theatre Night Desdemona"Othello"
1990 Screen Two Sarah Atchison"Fellow Traveller"
1992Sandra, c'est la vieMarieTV film
1992 Performance Helen Banner"After the Dance"
1993Anna Lee: HeadcaseAnna LeeTV film
1994 Anna Lee Anna LeeMain role
19961914–1918(voice)"Total War"
1997 Screen Two Suzie"Mothertime"
2000Blind AmbitionAnnie ThomasTV film
2000 Big Kids Sarah SpillerMain role
2001Lee Evans: So What Now?Chloe"Sofa So Good"
2002Township OperaNarratorTV film
2005 Casualty Chloe Greer"Running out of Kisses"
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Mona Symmington"The Moving Finger"
2006 Brief Encounters Sonia"Semi-Detached"
2009 New Tricks Lotte Davenport"Shadow Show"
2010The Adventures of DanielMrs. WallaceTV film
2011 Injustice Gemma Lawrence"1.4", "1.5"
2012 Doctors Miranda Payne"High-Flyer"
2012 Parents Isabelle Hopkins"1.3"
2012 Switch Esme"1.6"
2017 Holby City Evelyn Chapman"It Has to be Now"
2018 Death in Paradise Valerie O'Toole"7.3"


1985 Cabaret Sally Bowles Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
1985 The Boyfriend Polly Browne Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
1986 The Rover Helena Swan Theatre, Stratford
1986 Two Noble Kinsmen Gaoler's daughter The Other Place, Stratford
1987 Richard II Queen IsabelSwan
1989 Othello DesdemonaThe Other Place
1992 Heartbreak House Ellie Theatre Royal, Haymarket
1994 Saint Joan Joan Strand Theatre
1994 Uncle Vanya Yelena Chichester Festival
1996 A Streetcar Named Desire StellaTheatre Royal, Haymarket
1998 Closer Anna Lyric Theatre, London
1998 Betrayal Emma National Theatre
2001 The Relapse AmandaNational Theatre
2002 Three Sisters Masha Theatre Royal, Bath (and tour)
2003Mum's the WordLinda Albery Theatre
2004 Hamlet Gertrude Old Vic
2006 Duchess of Malfi Duchess West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
2008 Scenes from a Marriage Marianne Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
2009Alphabetical OrderLucy Hampstead Theatre
2010 The Glass Menagerie Amanda Shared Experience
2011 Private Lives Amanda Manchester Royal Exchange
2011 Little Eyolf Rita Jermyn Street Theatre, London
2011Salt, Root and RoeMenna Trafalgar Studios, London

[9] [10] [11] [12]

2012 Orpheus Descending Lady Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester [13] [14]
2013Third Finger, Left HandNiamh Trafalgar Studios, London
2013 Strangers on a Train Elsie Gielgud Theatre, London [15]
2014Little RevolutionSarah / various Almeida Theatre, London [16]
2014The HyperchondriacBelineTouring, [17]
2015 Communicating Doors Ruella Menier Theatre, London [18]
2016 Things I Know to be True Fran PriceFrantic Assembly

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