Judy Craymer graduated from the Guildhall School of Music in 1977 and has since worked extensively in the theatre, film, television and music industries. She worked as a stage manager for the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester, the Old Vic Theatre, London, and on the original production of Cats for Cameron Mackintosh and the Really Useful Theatre Company.
In 1984, Judy became the managing director of Three Knights Ltd, formed by Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus and was the Executive Producer for the West End production of Chess at the Prince Edward Theatre.
In 1987, Judy decided to pursue a career in film and television where she produced and developed television drama and comedy. The idea of MAMMA MIA! was originated by Judy who in 1996 formed Littlestar Services Limited to produce the stage musical. She is the Creator/Producer of MAMMA MIA! and has produced 50 productions of the show in more than 440 cities around the world.
In 2002, Judy was presented with a Woman of the Year Award in recognition for her international success with MAMMA MIA!. The same year the show was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical. In the Queen's birthday honours list of 2007, she was honoured with an MBE 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! is the highest grossing live-action musical film worldwide.
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 sales of the specially created Rock Chick Supremo T-shirts.
In 2012 Judy also produced VIVA FOREVER!, an original musical based on the songs of The Spice Girls which premiered in London's West End. Written by celebrated the British comedienne Jennifer Saunders and fully endorsed by Simon Fuller and the Spice Girls, the musical was a tale of friendship in the face of fame and fortune.
As of its final performance in September 2015, MAMMA MIA was the 8th longest-running show in Broadway history. The original London production recently celebrated its 17th anniversary in London's West End, where it is playing at the Novello Theatre.
Following a passion for horses and show jumping, Judy is an ambassador for British Showjumping, and is proud to support the British Team.