Lesley Manville

A versatile character actress and occasional lead in British films and television, Lesley Manville was an important member of Mike Leigh's improvisational acting company, with committed and deeply moving turns in films ... Read more »
Born: 03/11/1956 in Brighton, East Sussex, GB

Filmography

Actor (36)

Spike Island 2015 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

A Five Star Life 2014 (Movie)

Kate Sherman (Actor)

An Adventure in Space d Time 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Ashes 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Maleficent 2014 (Movie)

Flittle (Actor)

Molly Moon's Big Book of Hypnotism 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mr. Turner 2014 (Movie)

Mary Sommerville (Actor)

Poetic Unreason 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Romeo and Juliet 2013 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

The Christmas Candle 2013 (Movie)

Bea Haddington (Actor)

Womb 2012 (Movie)

Judith (Actor)

Law & Order: UK 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Another Year 2010 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Cranford 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Sparkle 2007 (Movie)

Jill (Actor)

North & South (UK) 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael 2005 (Movie)

Sarah Carmichael (Actor)

Vera Drake 2004 (Movie)

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All or Nothing 2002 (Movie)

Penny Bassett (Actor)

David Copperfield 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Milk 1999 (Movie)

Fiona (Actor)

Topsy-Turvy 1999 (Movie)

Lucy 'Kitty' Gilbert (Actor)

Silent Witness: Fallen Idol 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Boys 1998 (Movie)

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Secrets & Lies 1996 (Movie)

Social Worker (Actor)

Top Girls 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

High Hopes 1989 (Movie)

Laetitia Booth-Braine (Actor)

High Season 1988 (Movie)

Carol Lamb (Actor)

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid 1987 (Movie)

Margy (Actor)

Dance With a Stranger 1985 (Movie)

Maryanne (Actor)

Christmas Present 1984 (Movie)

Judy Tall (Actor)

Grown Ups 1979 (Movie)

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Holding On (TV Show)

Actor

Painted Lady (TV Show)

Actor

The Cazalets (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A versatile character actress and occasional lead in British films and television, Lesley Manville was an important member of Mike Leigh's improvisational acting company, with committed and deeply moving turns in films like "All Or Nothing" (2002), "Vera Drake" (2004)" and "Another Year" (2010). Manville's career began as a teenager on television and the English stage, but after meeting Leigh in 1979, she soon became a regular in his features after 1988's "High Hopes." Though her feature appearances were sporadic - she was found more frequently on television, most notably in "The Firm" (BBC, 1988) with her one-time husband, Gary Oldman, and on stage - her work with Leigh, as well as in other films like "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid" (1987) and "Sparkle" (2009), marked her as an exceptional talent whose true star quality was yet to be fully discovered.

Relationships

Joe Dixon Actor

Husband
Married from 2000-2004

Gary Oldman Actor

Husband
Married in 1987 Divorced in 1990

Alfred Oldman

Son
Born in 1988 father, Gary Oldman

EDUCATION

Italia Conti Stage School

London , England

Milestones

2010

Re-teamed with director Mike Leigh and actor Jim Broadbent for "Another Year"

2007

Co-starred with Imelda Staunton and Judi Dench in the British television drama "Cranford"

2007

Co-starred with Stockard Channing and Bob Hoskins in "Sparkle"

2005

Played a supporting role in "The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael"

2004

Again collaborated with Leigh for the Oscar-nominated "Vera Drake"

2002

Co-starred as Timothy Spall's taxi-driver partner in Mike Leigh's "All or Nothing"

2001

Co-starred in the WW II drama series "The Cazalets"

2000

Portrayed Mrs. Micawber in the TV movie adaptation of Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield"

2000

Starred in the TV series version of Joanna Trollope's novel "Other People's Children"

1999

Re-teamed with Mike Leigh to play the wife of English poet and illustrator W. S. Gilbert (played by Jim Broadbent) in "Topsy-Turvy"

1996

Played a social worker in Leigh's "Secrets & Lies"

1995

Had a recurring role in the British drama "Tears Before Bedtime"

1994

Played Melissa Quigley in the British sitcom "Ain't Misbehavin"

1992

Was a regular in the British drama series "Soldier Soldier"

1988

Had a small role in Mike Leigh's "High Hopes"

1988

Appeared in the BBC TV-movie "The Firm," starring then-husband Gary Oldman

1987

Appeared in Stephen Frears' comedic drama "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid"

1985

Made her feature film debut alongside Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett, and Ian Holm in director Mike Newell's "Dance with a Stranger"

1980

First collaboration with director Mike Leigh, the BBC play "Grown-Ups"

1977

Co-starred with Peter Duncan in the BBC children's television serial "King Cinder"

1974

Cast as Rosemary Kendall on the British soap opera "Emmerdale Farm"

1972

Made her acting debut in the West End musical "I and Albert" under the direction of John Schlesinger

Performed in plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Warehouse and Royal Court Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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Manville trained as a classical singer.

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