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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 12 March 1956Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lesley Manville was born on March 12, 1956 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She is a multi award winning stage and screen actress and has worked extensively with the director Mike Leigh. She is known for Another Year (2010), All or Nothing (2002), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Secrets & Lies (1996).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lesley Manville

Spouse (2)

Joe Dixon (2000 - 2004) (divorced)
Gary Oldman (1987 - 1990) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently cast in Mike Leigh films.

Trivia (8)

One son, Alfie Oldman (b. 1988), with Gary Oldman
Appears with ex-husband Gary Oldman in A Christmas Carol (2009).
Some of her favorite co-stars are Lesley Sharp, Timothy Spall and Deborah Findlay.
Her father was a taxi chauffeur.
Despite being a praised theater-thespian, she took 10 years off from the stage, between 1995 and 2005, in order to pursue acting in movies, especially in those directed by Mike Leigh. In 2005, she returned to the stage in the big-budgeted production of Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" as Marisa Coulter. The same part has also been performed by Nicole Kidman, two years later, in The Golden Compass (2007).
Is a trained soprano-singer, and has practiced the art since the age of eight. She chose to pursue an acting career instead, when she discovered her talent for improvisation.
She won the 2013 Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance as Helene Alving in Richard Eyre's revival of "Ghosts".
She won the 2014 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance as Helene Alving in Richard Eyre's revival of "Ghosts".

Personal Quotes (3)

[on having portrayed the mother of Matt Smith, James Corden and Colin Morgan]: All those boys have done rather well since they worked with me as their mother. They owe me big time. They're all wealthier than me - they can have a whip round.
[on Maleficent (2014)]: It's a massive epic Disney film based on Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie in the title role. Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and myself play the three pixies. They are hilarious. It was just the most happy, happy time. Some of the time in the film we're life-sized, but for the rest of it we're little ditty pixies. It was done by motion capture, so we spent three weeks of filming flying around Pinewood studios, with the Cirque du Soleil people strapping us in and tumbling us in the air. It was just fantastic. It's going to come out this Summer and there's going to be a doll of me that you'll be able to buy at the Disney shop! It's amazing that Imelda and I go from epic Mike Leigh plays and films to being pixie Disney dolls!
[on David Schwimmer, her co-star of the play "Some Girls"] It's lovely. He's not at all starry. He doesn't take a solo curtain call. He likes to take his gloves off and get his hands dirty. He's a very committed, hard-working theatre actor so we're just like working any other group of actors in that way. Of course, that's not necessarily how other people see it. A friend of mine rang the box office to collect a ticket I'd reserved for her and the girl said, "who's Lesley Manville?"

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