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Imelda Staunton

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Award-winning actress famous for her performances in the Harry Potter film franchise, Feeling and Sensibility, and Maleficent. She voiced Aunt Lucy in the 2014 film Paddington. She went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Artwork alongside potential co-star Alan Rickman. She’s received the Olivier Honor double, once in 1985 and once again 1991. The award is definitely the highest honor in English theatre. She wedded acting professional and co-star Jim Carter in 1983. Their child, Bessie Carter, can be an celebrity. She became known on her behalf part as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter film franchise, which starred Daniel Radcliffe.

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Full Name Imelda Staunton
Date Of Birth January 9, 1956
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 1.52 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, La Sainte Union Catholic School
Nationality British
Spouse Jim Carter
Children Bessie Carter
Parents Bridie Staunton, Joseph Staunton
Awards Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, European Film Award for Best Actress, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role, Volpi Cup for Best Actress, British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, The British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actress of the Year, Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actress in a Musical
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to drama. She is an actress in London, England.
2Has just begun filming her role as "Dolores Jane Umbridge" in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). [February 2006]
3Won the Olivier Award as Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in "Sweeney Todd" (2013).
4Appears with her husband Jim Carter in Cranford (2007).
5Played an educational bureaucrat in two films in 2007: Freedom Writers (2007) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
6Has a beautiful singing voice, heard in the film Peter's Friends (1992).
7At 14, she played Polly Peachum in a school production of the musical "The Beggar's Opera".
8Offered a role in Bewitched (2005).
9Turned down a recurring role in Desperate Housewives (2004).
10She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to drama.
11One of 112 invitees to join AMPAS in 2005.
12Her talent agent is the mother of Freddie Highmore.
13Daughter, Bessie Carter, born in November 1993.
14She said that her idols are Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh, and Maya Angelou.
15She won the "Coppa Volpi" award for her performance in Vera Drake (2004) at the 2004 Venice Film Festvial. The movie "Vera Drake" also won the "Gold Lion" award for the best movie at the same event.
16Graduated from RADA.
17Became an Associate Member of RADA.
18She was awarded the 1985 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Supporting Actress for her performances in A Chorus of Disapproval and The Corn is Green.
19She was nominated for a 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards for Best Actress in a Musical of the 1996 season for her performance in "Guys and Dolls".
20She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1991 (1990 season) for Best Actress in a Musical for "Into the Woods".
21She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1986 (1985 season) for Best Performance in a Supporting a Role for "A Chorus of Disapproval" and "The Corn is Green".
22An only child, she attended La Sainte Union Convent, a convent school in the north of London.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Canterville Ghost2017pre-productionMrs. Umney
Paddington 22017filmingAunt Lucy (voice)
Finding Your Feet2017filmingSandra
Little Bird2016Short post-productionFirst Officer Simpkins
Gypsy: Live from the Savoy Theatre2015TV MovieRose Hovick
That Day We Sang2014TV MovieEnid
Paddington2014Aunt Lucy (voice)
Maleficent2014Knotgrass
Pride2014/IHefina
Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time2013TV MovieShrew (voice)
The Girl2012TV MovieAlma Reville Hitchcock
The Pirates! Band of Misfits2012Queen Victoria (voice)
Arthur Christmas2011Mrs Santa (voice)
The Awakening2011/IMaud Hill
Doctor Who2011TV SeriesInterface
Psychoville2010-2011TV SeriesGrace Andrews
White Other2010ShortLynne McDermott
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 12010Dolores Umbridge
Another Year2010Janet
Alice in Wonderland2010/ITall Flower Faces (voice)
Cranford2007-2009TV SeriesMiss Pole Miss Octavia Pole
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince2009Dolores Umbridge (voice, uncredited)
Taking Woodstock2009Sonia Teichberg
A Bunch of Amateurs2008Mary
Big and Small-2008TV SeriesRuby / Twiba
Coming Up2008TV SeriesMother
A Deal Is a Deal2008Rosemary Cassidy
Clay2008TV MovieMary Doonan
Where Have I Been All Your Life?2007ShortAngela
How About You...2007Hazel Nightingale
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix2007Dolores Umbridge
Freedom Writers2007Margaret Campbell
Guilty Hearts2006Naomi
The Wind in the Willows2006TV MovieBarge Lady
Dogtown2006TV SeriesGwen Gregson
Shadow Man2006VideoAmbassador Cochran
My Family and Other Animals2005TV MovieMother
Little Britain2005TV SeriesMrs. Mead
ShakespeaRe-Told2005TV Mini-SeriesPolly
Nanny McPhee2005Mrs. Blatherwick
Fingersmith2005TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Sucksby
Vera Drake2004Vera
Let's Write a Story2004TV Series documentaryMrs. Twit
Blackball2003Bridget
Strange2003TV SeriesReverend Mary Truegood
I'll Be There2003Dr. Bridget
Cambridge Spies2003TV Mini-SeriesThe Queen
Bright Young Things2003Lady Brown
The Virgin of Liverpool2003Sylvia Conlon
Ready2002ShortNaomi
Murder2002TV MovieDCI Billie Dory
Crush2001/IJanine
Another Life2001Ethel Graydon
The Canterbury Tales1998-2000TV SeriesThe Prioress
Rat2000Conchita Flynn
Chicken Run2000Bunty (voice)
David Copperfield1999TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Micawber
Jack and the Beanstalk1999VideoDilly (voice)
Midsomer Murders1999TV SeriesChristine Cooper
Is It Legal?1995-1998TV SeriesStella Phelps
Shakespeare in Love1998Nurse
The Ugly Duckling1997Scruffy (voice)
Remember Me?1997Lorna
The Snow Queen's Revenge1996Elspeth Rowena (voice)
The Adventures of Toad1996TV Movie voice
Twelfth Night or What You Will1996Maria
Tales from the Crypt1996TV SeriesSarah
The Adventures of Mole1995TV Movie voice
Sense and Sensibility1995Charlotte Palmer
The Snow Queen1995Ivy Angorra (voice)
Look at the State We're In!1995TV Mini-SeriesCouncillor Johnson
Citizen X1995TV MovieMrs. Burakov
The Wind in the Willows1995VideoMother Squirrel (voice)
Mole's Christmas1994TV Short voice
Frank Stubbs Promotes1994TV SeriesSusan
Deadly Advice1994Beth Greenwood
Woodcock1994TV MovieEdna
If You See God, Tell Him1993TV Mini-SeriesMuriel Spry
Up the Garden Path1990-1993TV SeriesIzzy
Don't Leave Me This Way1993TV MovieBridget Bennet
Much Ado About Nothing1993Margaret
A Masculine Ending1992TV MovieBridget Bennet
Performance1992TV SeriesJenny Beales
Peter's Friends1992Mary Charleston
Screen Two1991TV SeriesThe Producer
The Play on One1990TV SeriesCheryl Newman
Screenplay1990TV SeriesStephanie / Jane Hartman
The Heat of the Day1989TV MovieLouie
Ruth Rendell Mysteries1989TV SeriesPolly Flinders
Thompson1988TV SeriesVarious roles
The Singing Detective1986TV Mini-SeriesStaff Nurse White
Ladies in Charge1986TV SeriesEdith
Comrades1986Betsy Loveless
BBC2 Playhouse1982TV SeriesMary Price

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Up the Garden Path1990-1993TV Series performer - 18 episodes
Peter's Friends1992performer: "The Way You Look Tonight", "Roger's Coffee Commercial Jingle", "Orpheus In the Underworld"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Love Punch2013the Director and Producers would like to thank
Peace, Love and Cinema2009Documentary short thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Paul O'Grady Show2007-2015TV SeriesHerself
The EE British Academy Film Awards2015TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter: Fellowship Award
That Musical We Made2014TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Olivier Awards 20142014TV SpecialHerself (voice)
Michael Grade's Stars of the Musical Theatre2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
The One Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Arqiva British Academy Television Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Laurence Olivier Awards 20132013TV SpecialHerself
London - The Modern Babylon2012DocumentaryQuotations reader (voice)
The Jonathan Ross Show2012TV SeriesHerself
The Story of Musicals2012TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
The Natural World2010TV Series documentaryHerself - Presenter
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows T4 Premiere Special2010TV MovieHerself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The Michael Ball Show2010TV SeriesHerself
Peace, Love and Cinema2009Documentary shortHerself
Mark Lawson Talks to...2009TV SeriesHerself
Cinema 32009TV SeriesHerself
Lanterna Magicka: Bill Douglas and the Secret History of Cinema2009DocumentaryHerself
This Morning2005-2009TV SeriesHerself
Cranford in Detail2009Video documentary shortHerself / Miss Pole
Mike Leigh in Conversation2008VideoHerself / Vera (uncredited)
Film '722008TV SeriesHerself
Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Achter de schermen bij 'Harry Potter en de orde van de feniks'2007TV Short documentaryHerself
The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Cartelera2007TV SeriesHerself
HBO First Look2007TV Series documentaryHerself
The Making of Cranford2007Video documentary shortHerself / Miss Octavia Pole
Bill Douglas: Intent on Getting the Image2006DocumentaryHerself
The South Bank Show2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Drama Connections2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Shootout2005TV SeriesHerself
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
HARDtalk Extra2005TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHerself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Victoria Wood: A BAFTA Tribute2005TV MovieHerself / Mrs Cottisloe (uncredited)
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture [Drama]
Richard & Judy2005TV SeriesHerself
Vera Drake: Cast and Crew Documentary2005Video documentary shortHerself / Vera
The 2004 European Film Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress
Today with Des and Mel2004TV SeriesHerself
RI:SE2002TV SeriesHerself
Crush: Behind the Scenes2001Video documentary shortHerself / Janine
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings2000TV SpecialMrs. Cottisloe
The Laurence Olivier Awards 19971997TV SpecialHerself
The Animal Family1996TV Movie documentaryNarrator - part 2 (voice)
A Bit of Fry and Laurie1995TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Let's Do It: A Tribute to Victoria Wood2016TV Movie documentaryEnid (uncredited)
Mark Lawson Talks to...2015TV SeriesMiss Octavia Pole
The One Show2014TV SeriesEnid
Honest Trailers2014TV SeriesKnotgrass
Victoria Wood's Nice Cup of Tea2013TV Mini-Series documentaryMrs. Cottisloe
The Many Faces of...2011TV Series documentaryMiss Pole
60/902008TV SeriesNurse
J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life2007TV Movie documentaryDolores Umbridge (uncredited)
The King's Head: A Maverick in London2006Video documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Stephen Fry: Director Documentary2003Video documentary shortLady Brown (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest Supporting ActressPride (2014)
2009Audience AwardCalifornia Independent Film FestivalBest Actress - ComedyThree and Out (2008)
2006Audience AwardSESC Film Festival, BrazilBest Foreign Actress (Melhor Atriz Estrangeira)Vera Drake (2004)
2005BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleVera Drake (2004)
2005Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2005Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2005IFC AwardIowa Film Critics AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2005ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActress of the YearVera Drake (2004)
2005NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2005VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2004British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2004CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2004European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActressVera Drake (2004)
2004LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2004NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2004NYFCO AwardNew York Film Critics, OnlineBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2004SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2004Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2004TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Performance, FemaleVera Drake (2004)
2004Volpi CupVenice Film FestivalBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2004VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest PerformanceVera Drake (2004)
2004WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2004WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
1999ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastShakespeare in Love (1998)· Ben Affleck
· Simon Callow
· Jim Carter
· Martin Clunes
· Judi Dench
· Joseph Fiennes
· Colin Firth
· Gwyneth Paltrow
· Geoffrey Rush
· Antony Sher
· Tom Wilkinson
· Mark Williams

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressPride (2014)
2015Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActressPride (2014)
2015CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Supporting Actress - International CompetitionPride (2014)
2013Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Girl (2012)
2013BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Girl (2012)
2013AnnieAnnie AwardsVoice Acting in an Animated Feature ProductionThe Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)
2013BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Female Vocal Performance in a Feature FilmThe Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)
2013BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmThe Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)· Hugh Grant
· Martin Freeman
· David Tennant
· Salma Hayek
· Jeremy Piven
· Russell Tovey
· Brendan Gleeson
· Lenny Henry
· Ashley Jensen
· Brian Blessed
· Anton Yelchin
2013Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Movie/MiniseriesThe Girl (2012)
2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesThe Girl (2012)
2010BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressCranford (2007)
2010Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryTaking Woodstock (2009)· Henry Goodman
2010Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Supporting ActressTaking Woodstock (2009)
2010OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesCranford (2007)
2010SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceAnother Year (2010)· Lesley Manville
· Ruth Sheen
· Jim Broadbent
· Peter Wight
· Oliver Maltman
· David Bradley
· Karina Fernandez
· Martin Savage
· Michele Austin
· Phil Davis
· Stuart McQuarrie
2008Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
2008ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actress of the YearHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
2006EmmyInternational Emmy AwardsBest Performance by an ActressMy Family and Other Animals (2005)
2005OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleVera Drake (2004)
2005Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaVera Drake (2004)
2005Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2005Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest British ActressVera Drake (2004)
2005Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLead ActressVera Drake (2004)
2005IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Actress (Miglior attrice protagonista)Vera Drake (2004)
2005OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2005OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2005Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion Picture, DramaVera Drake (2004)
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleVera Drake (2004)
2000IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest ActressRat (2000)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)
2004ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleVera Drake (2004)
2004SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressVera Drake (2004)


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#Quote
1We actors are like children--all you have to do is feed and encourage us, and we'll be fine. That controlling animus has gone. No director treats us badly anymore. In fact, they should put that in the end credits of The Girl (2012): "No actor has been harmed in the making of this movie".
2[on Alfred Hitchcock] But he was delusional. People say he was vulnerable--oh, for goodness sake, don't be mealy-mouthed about it! He just needed to grow up--that may sound unkind, but it's realistic. There again, if he had grown up, he wouldn't have been such a brilliant filmmaker. All his many flaws made him the great director he was.
3[on her role of Alfred Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville in The Girl (2012)] Alma was very tolerant. She mothered Hitchcock, because he was like a bloody child. He was a bloody idiot with Tippi [Tippi Hedren. People should have told him, "Just make the bloody film and go home".
4[on Vera Drake (2004)] You don't have a script, so we prepared that film for six months and then filmed it for three and a bit months. Nothing is improvised on film but for me I created with Mike [director Mike Leigh] that woman literally from the day she was born, so I know everything about her life. And of course we can't do it in every job because there is not the time, because most films you literally get the script, you learn it immediately and you turn up and you just do it. Which, with a lot of the work I do, that's plenty of preparation. But for something like that--and I'd never worked with him before--and it was a real eye-opener. And to have that happen to me in a time when--I hope--was the middle of my career, it was like going back to drama school and starting all over again. (On Vera Drake (2004))
5Agents and producers have to get you into a box to accommodate their limited imaginations.
6As you well know, we don't have a script when we're shooting. But after the film, the screenplay gets published and you can read the whole thing.
7As Vera Drake, I feel Mike [director Mike Leigh] has used all of me as a dramatic actress, in a positive sense.
8All my heroes-Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville--are just so brilliant. And I thought, "Well, I'm not in that league".
9[what she thinks about celebrities getting free gifts at award shows] It's obscene, isn't it? Just ridiculous. We don't need any of these things! Give it to people who need it. I'll never have to buy moisturizer again. I might start eating it soon.
10I reached the point now, where I have become as comfortable on a movie set as I am on stage. Before, I was trying to figure it out, how much should I emote, where should I stand? But now I know more about the camera, and what goes into the mix, technically. I'm much more comfortable doing film now.
11You know you can be very famous without being a great actress, and that's not good for me.
12I am a character actress, well, let's say, I am a leading character actress who does interesting, odd parts.
13[on her view about abortion, something she's been asked a lot after her role in Vera Drake (2004)] I'm not Susan Sarandon. I don't want to bang a drum. I think I'm just going to say, "I'm pro-choice" and leave it at that.
14Well, my parents were working people. You just worked. I've always wanted a long career, not an instant one. I left RADA [Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts], I worked in rep for six years, then I came to London and came to the National Theatre. What's better than that? I don't know what's better than that. "Oh, but surely you wanted to be a big film star when you were 21?" No, because I would've been rubbish. Because I spent a lot of time in rep being OK, being very bad, and then being quite good. And I could practice my craft. You know, being exposed that early, to be brilliant in your first job, where do you go from there? It's given me time, which is a luxury.
15[on working with Mike Leigh in Vera Drake (2004)] He's the nicest . . . because he works so hard, and I think he expects other people to work hard. And in my book, that's enough. We don't roll into rehearsal at 10:30 and have coffee. We start at 8:00 a.m., we finish at 8 o'clock at night. I mean, you don't want to dither around him. And I think that's fine. I think he's entitled to say what he wants and what he doesn't want. He knows a lot about it. He doesn't have to be nice if he doesn't want to, just to be charming.
16We're all unique as actors. To yourself, you are unique, you have to think, "I'm me, I'm not going to bunch myself with other people". Agents and producers have to get you into a box, to accommodate their limited imaginations.
17I go up for a job, someone else gets it, what can I do about that? That might be in another league to me, people being competitive. But it's not like running a race. I'm not against anyone. I think that's a much more American thing, that.


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