Award-winning actress who played roles in an extensive number of stage and film productions, including the Harry Potter film franchise, Sense and Sensibility and Maleficent. She voiced the character Aunt Lucy in the 2014 film Paddington.
She won the highest British theatre honor, the Olivier Award, once in 1985 and again in 1991.
She became known for her role as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter film franchise, which starred Daniel Radcliffe.
She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art along future co-star Alan Rickman.
She married actor and co-star Jim Carter in 1983, and the couple had a daughter together.