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Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Secrets & Lies (1996), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Vera Drake (2004). He was previously married to Alison Steadman. See full bio »
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 75 wins & 76 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 Mr. Turner
 2012 A Running Jump (Short)
 2010 Another Year
 2004 Vera Drake
 1999 Topsy-Turvy
 1997 Career Girls
 1993 Naked
 1992 A Sense of History (TV Short)
 1990 Life Is Sweet
 1988 The Short & Curlies (TV Short)
 1988 High Hopes
 1984 Four Days in July (TV Movie)
 1984 Meantime (TV Movie)
 1982 Five-Minute Films (TV Series short) (5 episodes)
- Afternoon (1982)
- A Light Snack (1982)
- Probation (1982)
- Old Chums (1982)
 1973-1982 Play for Today (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- Home Sweet Home (1982)
- Who's Who (1979)
- Abigail's Party (1977)
- Nuts in May (1976)
 1980 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Grown-Ups (1980)
 1975-1976 Second City Firsts (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Knock for Knock (1976)
 1973 Scene (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- A Mug's Game? (1973)
 1971 Bleak Moments
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Other Works:

Directed the London Film Festival trailer which was produced by Simon Channing Williams with cinematography by Dick Pope, costumes by Lindy Hemming, make up by Christine Blundell, production design by Jim Clay, music by Rachel Portman and title design by Chris Allies. The trailer was seen on several subsequent years. See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 14 Interviews | 11 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mike Leigh OBE

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

In terms of the way I do it and the things I try to say, there is absolutely no distinction between film and theater. There was a long period in the 1970s when I alternated between plays and films. But the real point is that I am much happier making films. Theater is fine when you do it. But film is my natural habitat. See more »

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Most of his work in theatre and film is done without any initial script. He and the actors improvise their characters and the scenes under his overall control. See more »

Trademark:

Films frequently center on the British working class See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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