Imogen Stubbs

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Imogen Stubbs
Born (1961-02-20) 20 February 1961 (age 56)
Rothbury, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Education St Paul's Girls' School
Westminster School
Exeter College, Oxford
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Trevor Nunn
(m. 1994–2011)
Children 1 son, 1 daughter

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

Early life[edit]

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 an elderly river barge on the Thames. She was educated at two independent schools: St Paul's Girls' School and Westminster School, where Stubbs was one of the "token girls" in the sixth form, and Exeter College, Oxford, gaining a First Class degree. Her acting career started with Irina in a student production of Three Sisters at the Oxford Playhouse and her first professional success, while still at RADA, was as Sally Bowles in Cabaret at the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.[2]

She graduated from RADA in the same class as Jane Horrocks and Iain Glen, and has since become an Associate Member of RADA. She achieved success on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company, notably as Desdemona in Othello, which was directed by Trevor Nunn. Additional stage work includes Saint Joan at the Strand Theatre and Heartbreak House at the Haymarket and in Jessica Lange's London production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 1997.

Personal life[edit]

In 1994 she married Sir Trevor Nunn, acquiring the courtesy title of Lady Nunn.[3] They have two children:[4] a son and a daughter. It was announced in April 2011 that she and Nunn were to separate.[5] She is a second cousin of Alexander Armstrong.


Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Browning Version Mrs Gilbert
1986 Nanou Nanou
1988 The Rainbow Ursula Brangwen Three-episode BBC1 production by Stuart Burge, aired in December.
1988 Deadline Lady Romy Burton TV film
1989 Fellow Traveller Sarah Atchinson
1990 Relatively Speaking Ginny Whittaker
1990 Pasternak Lara and Olga Voice roles
1990 Othello Desdemona RSC/Primetime/BBC Production by Greg Smith, directed by Trevor Nunn
1992 After the Dance Helen BBC2 television production by Stuart Burge
1993 Sandra, C'est la Vie Marie
1993–1994 Anna Lee Anna Lee
1997 Mothertime Suzie
2000 Blind Ambition Annie Thomas
2000 Big Kids Sarah Spiller
2001 So What Now? Chloe
2002 Township Opera Narrator
2005 Casualty Chloe Greer Episode: "Running out of Kisses"
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple: The Moving Finger Mona Symmington
2006 Brief Encounters Sonia Episode: "Semi-Detached"
2009 New Tricks Lottie Davenport Episode: "Shadow Show"
2011 Injustice Gemma Lawrence 2 Episodes
2012 Doctors Miranda Payne Episode: "High-Flyer"
2012 Parents Isabelle Hopkins Guest appearance in episode 3 of Sky1 comedy
2012 Switch Esme Episode: "Summer Solstice Showdown"
Year Film Role Notes
1982 Privileged Imogen
1986 Nanou Nanou
1988 A Summer Story Megan David
1989 Erik the Viking Princess Aud
1991 The Wanderer Narrator (Voice)
1991 True Colors Diana Stiles
1994 A Pin for the Butterfly Mother
1995 Jack & Sarah Sarah
1995 Sense and Sensibility Lucy Steele
1996 Twelfth Night: Or What You Will Viola
2000 Snow on Saturday Director, Co-writer Winner, "UCI Cinemas Award" best British short film
2003 Collusion Mary Dolphin
2004 Dead Cool Henny
2006 Stories of Lost Souls Friend in crowd segment: "Standing Room Only"
2007 Behind the Director's Son's Cut Princess Aud
2014 Insomniacs (short) Alice
Year Programme Notes
1996 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
1998 Twentieth Century Blues: The Songs of Noël Coward
2015 Natural World, Return of the Giant Killers Narrator BBC


Year Title Role Company
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 Isabel Swan
1989 Othello Desdemona The 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 Stella Theatre Royal, Haymarket
1998 Closer Anna Lyric Theatre, London
1998 Betrayal Emma National Theatre
2001 The Relapse Amanda National Theatre
2002 Three Sisters Masha Theatre Royal, Bath (and tour)
2003 Mum's the Word Linda 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
2009 Alphabetical Order Lucy Hampstead Theatre
2010 The Glass Menagerie Amanda Shared Experience
2011 Private Lives Amanda Manchester Royal Exchange
2011 Little Eyolf Rita Jermyn Street Theatre, London
2011 Salt, Root and Roe Menna Trafalgar Studios, London


2012 Orpheus Descending Lady Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester[10][11]
2013 Third Finger, Left Hand Niamh Trafalgar Studios, London
2013 Strangers on a Train Elsie Gielgud Theatre, London[12]
2014 Little Revolution Sarah / various Almeida Theatre, London[13]
2014 The Hyperchondriac Beline Touring,[14]
2015 Communicating Doors Ruella Menier Theatre, London[15]
2016 Things I Know to be True Fran Price Frantic Assembly

Other projects and contributions[edit]


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.[16] In September 2008 Reader's Digest announced that she had joined the magazine as a contributing editor and writer of adventure stories.[17]


  1. ^ Edmonds, Mark (31 March 2013), "The world's fastest interview", The Sunday Times Magazine, p. 7 
  2. ^ Barnett, Laura (9 March 2010). "Imogen Stubbs, actor". The Guardian. London. p. G2-23. 
  3. ^ Montague-Smith, Patrick (1970). Debrett's Correct Form. pp. 76–77. ISBN 0-7472-0658-9. 
  4. ^ "Nunn, Sir Trevor (Robert)". Who's Who. Oxford, England: A & C Black. 2011. 
  5. ^ "Imogen Stubbs and Sir Trevor Nunn separate after 21 years". Daily Telegraph. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Stubbs, Imogen Mary, (Lady Nunn)". Who's Who. Oxford, England: A & C Black. 2011. 
  7. ^ Trowbridge, Simon (2008). "Imogen Stubbs". Stratfordians: a biographical dictionary of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Oxford, England: Editions Albert Creed. p. 475. ISBN 978-0-9559830-1-6. 
  8. ^ Gardner, Lynn (8 March 2011). "Private Lives – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Coveney, Michael (9 May 2011). "Little Eyolf, Jermyn Street Theatre, London". The Independent. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Stage / Listings / Orpheus Descending". Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "AUTUMN – the Royal Exchange Theatre". Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Strangers on a Train, Based on Novel, to Star Laurence Fox and Jack Huston at London's Gielgud Theatre". Playbill. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Cast, Little Revolution, Almeida Theatre". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ Lawrence, Ben. "Communicating Doors, Menier Chocolate Factory". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  16. ^ Taylor, Paul (6 July 2004). "We Happy Few". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 
  17. ^ Carter, Meg (15 September 2008). "Digest revamped". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 

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