Alison Steadman, OBE is an English actress. She was made an OBE in the 2000 New Year Honours.
Steadman made her professional stage debut in 1968 at Lincoln's Theatre Royal. She established her career on television with roles such as Candice Marie in Nuts in May in 1976 and Beverley in Abigail's Party in 1977, a role she had originated on stage earlier the same year. Both were directed by Mike Leigh, to whom she was once married. In 1993, she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Mari in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
She has twice been nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress, for the 1986 TV film The Singing Detective and the 2000-2005 TV series Fat Friends. Other television roles include Pride and Prejudice and Gavin & Stacey. She won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for the 1990 Mike Leigh film Life Is Sweet. Her other films include A Private Function, Clockwise Shirley Valentine, Topsy Turvy and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.