I love that English actress Alison Steadman’s career seems to have most taken off in middle age — we need more middle-aged and older ladies represented on screen and in our frock flicks! She’s iconic in our world for her role as Mrs. Bennet in THE Pride and Prejudice (1995), and she’s popped up in other things … so I wondered what else she was in? Well, here you go!
Tartuffe, or The Impostor (1983)
A televised version of the Royal Shakespeare Company version of the 17th-century Molière play. Steadman played Elmire.
A Private Function (1984)
A British comedy film about food rationing just post-World War II. Steadman played Mrs. Allardyce.
The Singing Detective (1986)
A BBC miniseries about a mystery writer who enters a noir dreamworld. Steadman plays the author’s mother and “Lili.”
A wild, bizarre fantasy film sort of set in the late 18th century. It’s directed by Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, Brazil, 12 Monkeys) so that should give you a sense. Steadman plays the minor role of “Daisy.”
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
THE iconic BBC miniseries adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. Steadman plays THE iconic Mrs. Bennet!
No Bananas (1996)
All I can find it out is it’s a BBC miniseries set during World War II.
The excellent movie about the first production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado.” Steadman has a tiny role as Madame Leon, I think a costume designer.
Let Them Eat Cake (1999)
A HILARIOUS Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders (from Absolutely Fabulous) TV series set at Versailles just prior to the French Revolution. One of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while. Steadman plays Saunders’ character’s arch-rival, Madame de Plonge.
Fanny Hill (2007)
An adaptation of the smutty 18th-century novel about a good girl who ends up a prostitute. Steadman plays Mrs. Brown, the madame who gets Fanny going in her first brothel.
Marple: Ordeal by Innocence (2007)
Steadman was in one episode of the 1950s-set Agatha Christie series.
A docu-drama about World War I. Steadman plays “Hallie Miles,” and I can’t tell if that’s a real person or not?
Dad’s Army (2016)
A comedy movie about the older men who signed up to defend the home front during World War II. Steadman plays Mrs. Fox, “a Walmington-on-Sea housewife.”
Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse (2020)
A TV movie inspired by the true story of a six-year-old (future author) Roald Dahl meeting his idol Beatrix Potter. Steadman plays “Dora.”
The King’s Man (2021)
An Edwardian-set action/spy/thriller movie. Steadman has a brief role as one of the various servants who are doubling as spies.
What’s your favorite of Alison Steadman’s frock flick roles?