About Judy Craymer
Award-winning producer Judy Craymer has worked extensively in the theatre, film, television and music industries.
Judy originated the idea of MAMMA MIA! and, in 1996, formed Littlestar Services Limited with Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Richard East, to produce the stage musical in London. Since then, she has produced 50 productions of MAMMA MIA! in 16 languages around the world. Among the show’s many accolades it received five Tony Award nominations in 2002 including Best Musical. As of its final performance in September 2015, MAMMA MIA! was the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history. In 2019, the flagship production in London - running at the Novello theatre - will celebrate it’s 20th anniversary.
In 2002, Judy was presented with a Woman of the Year Award in recognition for her international success with MAMMA MIA!. Judy, who graduated from Guildhall School of Music in 1977, was awarded a prestigious Fellowship from the school in 2006. She was honoured with an MBE on the Queen’s birthday honours list of 2007 for her contribution to the music industry.
In 2008, Judy produced MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE, starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. That same year, she was honoured with the Women in Film ITV Achievement of the Year Award. MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, a BAFTA for Outstanding British Film, and Judy was personally nominated by BAFTA for the Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement. MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE is the highest grossing live-action musical film worldwide.
Ten years after MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE grossed more than $600 million around the world, Craymer is producing an all-new original movie musical based on the songs of ABBA for Universal Pictures, using her original concept. It is the story that reunites the original cast of Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Julie Walters with new cast - including Cher, Andy Garcia and Lily James - and is written and directed by Ol Parker. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus again provide music and lyrics, and serve as executive producers. Benny Andersson produces the soundtrack.
In 2010, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation presented Judy with its Humanitarian Award for her commitment to raising breast cancer awareness and research funding around the globe with MAMMA MIA! and through the sale of the specially created Rock Chick Supremo T-shirts.
Following a passion for horses and competitive show jumping when she was younger, after 30 years Judy has renewed her interest in equestrian sport, including competitive dressage, national hunt racing and show jumping. In 2012 she was made an ambassador for the British Equestrian Showjumping team, and was proud to support them when they won the gold medal in the London Olympics, and again when Nick Skelton won the individual gold medal in 2016 in Rio.
Judy is a recognised member of the Producers Guild of America.