Judy Craymer graduated from the Guildhall School of Music in 1977 and has since 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, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Richard East, to produce the stage musical in London. Since then, she has produced 38 productions of MAMMA MIA! in 14 languages around the world.
In 2002, Judy was presented with a Woman of the Year Award in recognition for her international success with MAMMA MIA!. 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, which became the highest grossing musical film worldwide. 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.
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 show jumping, Judy was asked to be an ambassador for British Showjumping, and is proud to support the British Team.
Judy is also the Producer of VIVA FOREVER!, an original musical based on the songs of The Spice Girls.