How lengthy are you able to be a nationwide treasure for? Alison Steadman arguably holds some type of document: ever since her breakthrough efficiency within the TV model of Abigail’s Social gathering, again in 1977, she’s been a superb, comforting, spiky staple of British display and stage.
Her collaborations with ex-husband Mike Leigh (she was pregnant with their first son capturing Abigail’s Social gathering) are what outlined her early profession within the public consciousness. Life is Candy, Laborious Labour, Nuts in Might; later the likes of Topsy-Turvy.
However the vary and depth of her work is immense. She was in The Singing Detective, Adrian Mole and Delight and Prejudice on TV; extra just lately the likes of Care, Gavin and Stacey, Maintain the Sundown and Life. She received an Olivier award for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice on stage, in addition to starring in acclaimed productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Cat on a Scorching Tin Roof and Blithe Spirit.
Movie work contains A Personal Operate, Clockwise, Shirley Valentine, Confetti, Dad’s Military and The King’s Man. She’s additionally a eager birder and puppet-maker, has made documentaries exploring her Welsh roots and the British isles – and is at the moment capturing the Robbie Williams biopic (she performs his late nan, Betty).
Steadman will probably be a visitor speaker at 2023’s Girls’ spring lunch at Epsom Downs racecourse in Surrey, elevating consciousness for Queen Elizabeth’s Basis for Disabled Folks, which works with nearly 10,000 disabled kids and adults yearly. She has additionally agreed to take your questions on one and all. So! What would you wish to ask the star all people secretly needs was their mum? Put up your questions right here by 6pm on Sunday 26 March and we’ll print her solutions on Friday 31.