Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style, Oldman is one of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television.
Gary Oldman was born on March 21, 1958 in New Cross, London, England, the son of Kathleen (Cheriton), a homemaker, and Leonard Bertram Oldman, a welder.
For most of his career he was best-known for playing over-the-top antagonists such as the role of Russian terrorist Egor Korshunov in the 1997 blockbuster Air Force One, though he has recently reached a new audience with heroic roles in the Harry Potter and Dark Knight franchises. In amazing trivia, he was in Batman Begins and The Fifth Element.
Oldman won a scholarship to Britain's Rose Bruford Drama College, in Sidcup, Kent, where he received a B.A. in theatre arts in 1979. He subsequently studied with the Greenwich Young People's Theatre and went on to appear in a number of plays throughout the early '80s, including "The Pope's Wedding," for which he received Time Out's Fringe Award for Best Newcomer of 1985-1986 and the British Theatre Association's Drama Magazine Award as Best Actor for 1985. Before fame, he was employed as a worker in assembly lines, and as a porter in an operating theater. He also got jobs selling shoes and beheading pigs while supporting his early acting career. He was also in the movie The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger.
His film debut was Remembrance, though his most-memorable early role came when he played Sex Pistol Sid Vicious in the biopic Sid and Nancy picking up the Evening Standard Film Award as Best Newcomer. He then received a Best Actor nomination from BAFTA for his portrayal of '60s playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears.
In the 1990s, Oldman brought to life a series of iconic real-world and fictional villains including Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK, the title character in Dracula, Drexl Spivey in True Romance, Stansfield in Léon: The Professional, Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element and Ivan Korshunov in Air Force One. That decade also saw Oldman portraying Ludwig van Beethoven in biopic Immortal Beloved.
Oldman scored the coveted role of Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, giving him a key part in one of the highest-grossing franchises ever. He reprised that role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Oldman also took on the iconic role of Detective James Gordon in writer-director Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, a role he played again in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Prominent film critic Mark Kermode, in reviewing The Dark Knight, wrote, "the best performance in the film, by a mile, is Gary Oldman's ... it would be lovely to see him get a[n Academy Award] nomination because actually, he's the guy who gets kind of overlooked in all of this."
Oldman co-starred with Jim Carrey in the 2009 version of A Christmas Carol in which Oldman played three roles. He had a starring role in David Goyer's supernatural thriller The Unborn, released in 2009. In 2010, Oldman co-starred with Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli. He also played a lead role in Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood. Oldman voiced the role of villain Lord Shen and was nominated for an Annie Award for his performance in Kung Fu Panda 2.
In 2011, Oldman portrayed master spy George Smiley in the adaptation of John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and the role scored Oldman his first Academy Award nomination. In 2014, he played one of the lead humans in the science fiction action film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Also in 2014, Oldman starred alongside Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson in the remake of RoboCop, as Norton, the scientist who creates RoboCop. Also that year, Oldman starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as one of the leads alongside Jason Clarke and Keri Russell.
Oldman has three children - one with first wife Lesley Manville, and two with third wife Donya Fiorentino. He married Alexandra Edenborough on December 31, 2008 until they divorced in January 2015. He was married to actress Uma Thurman from 1990 to 1992. He married his fourth wife Alexandra Edenborough in 2008 but the couple divorced in 2015. He has three sons named Alfie, Gulliver and Charlie.
Nicholas Martin was born and grew up in Sussex. He was raised by his mother, a nurse.
He attended Brighton College, a boarding school, but struggled with authority and academia and left without qualifications. He moved to London and worked variously as: a croupier, a labourer, a bouncer and a barman. In his early twenties he worked at sea as a deck hand and as a yacht captain. Between jobs he traveled in South America where he supported the Sandinista revolution. He helped build a school in the north of the country, which was destroyed by the Contra Terrorists the day after it opened.
He began writing feature pieces about his travels and contributing to British newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Guardian and various magazines. In 1988 he reported from Chile on the final days of the Pinochet regime. He met his former wife Gabriela Sepulveda, a photographer with whom he has three sons, during a press conference at the Human Rights office in Santiago. On one occasion he escaped arrest by producing a letter of introduction from the features editor of Vogue magazine, a publication much favoured by Lucia Pinochet, the wife of the dictator.
In 1989 Martin returned to London to take up a place at The National Film and Television School to study scriptwriting. He graduated in 1992 and began writing for British TV. His first produced script was for the highly regarded BBC series Between the Lines, which won the BAFTA award for best series. In 1998 he wrote a total of 16 episodes of the ITV comedy drama series, Big Bad World. The show launched the careers of actors Stephen Mangan and Lucy Punch with episodes directed by Justin Chadwick (Mandela).
He continued to write for British TV, regularly contributing to popular series like the Bill and Midsomer Murders, but despite several near misses, none of his feature scripts reached the screen. Demoralised, in 2004, he stopped writing all together for several years but was encouraged to return to drama by veteran producer Jonathan Powell (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
In early 2014, producer Michael Kuhn read Martin's script Florence Foster Jenkins and optioned it the same day. Within a week, Stephen Frears had agreed to direct and within three weeks Meryl Streep signed on to play Florence. The film is due to begin shooting in May, 2015.
Martin lives in Tooting, South London. He now describes himself as progressive libertarian.
Stephen Greif was born on Aug 26, 1944 in Highgate , London. He is an Honours graduate from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art . A recent and past Member of the Royal Shakespeare Co and a Laurence Olivier and London Critics Circle award winning nominee for his work at The National Theatre over many years. He has often appeared in the West End and at The Old Vic
His grandparents were from Budapest,Lithuania, Russia and Poland. His father Ferenc was born in Vienna and his mother Polly in the East End of London.
Attended Hordle House Preparatory School for two years with his older brother Anthony and his younger brother Peter, but in 1955 when his father's partnership was defrauded and the family endured severe financial hardship, he and Peter were enrolled in Primary School in the London area of Ladbroke Grove, then a run down part of London .
He went on to Sloanne Grammar School in Chelsea where he excelled in sport becoming the school's Athletics and Swimming champion representing his school and county in various London and Regional championships - at the famous White City Stadium amongst others.
Played Captain Hook at primary school, and his love of acting was rekindled during a brief spell at Regent Polytechnic. After brief times working for an electronics manufacturer (where he nearly electrocuted himself) and as a junior negotiator in a West End Real Estate Agency, he finally decided to become an actor.
Having been offered places at LAMDA and RADA, he chose the latter where he won a first Class Honours Diploma, as well as receiving 5 other awards including the Prestigious Kendal Award (the Gold Medal equivalent) and others judged and presented by Sir John Gielgud.
Has appeared in many seasons with the National Theatre in both Olivier's companies at the Old Vic and in the West End. and whilst performing in 'Saturday, Sunday, Monday', directed by Franco Zeffirelli and Olivier, he won a best actor nomination at the Critics Circle awards. Shortly after he played Biff opposite Warren Mitchell in the landmark revival of Arthur Miller's masterpiece 'Death of a Salesman' in The Lyttleton Theatre. He won a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for his performance
Further to these notable engagements, Stephen was contracted in Nicholas Hytner's inaugural season at the National Theatre, where he played in productions such as 'His Girl Friday' directed by the multi award winning Broadway veteran Jack O'Brien, 'Edmond' directed by Edward Hall, and starring Kenneth Branagh, and 'His Dark Materials', the 2 part Christmas Show directed by Nicholas Hytner. He appeared in the West End in Ronald Harwoods "Reflected Glory" with Albert Finney, 'Epitaph for George Dillon' with Joseph Fiennes, directed by Peter Gill and in Bill Kenwright's smash hit 'Fallen Angels' working with Felicity Kendal and Frances DE la Tour. He recently appeared at The Old Vic in "Six degrees of Separation" with Leslie Manville . He also contributed to his friend ,the Playwright, Bernard Kops 85th Birthday celebration with a rehearsed performance of his breakthrough play "The Hamlet of Stepney Green" at London's Jewish Museum.
Recently appeared at The Globe in an adaptation of "The Prince of West End Avenue"
He has played on Stage opposite such luminaries as Sir Laurence Olivier,Elaine Stritch, Denholm Elliot, Dame Joan Plowright,Sir Anthony Hopkins, Frank Langella,Sir Ian Mackellan, Joseph Fiennes and Albert Finney and Directed by Laurence Olivier, Franco Zeffirelli, Trevor Nunn, David Jones, Clifford Williams Michael Blakemore, Jonathan Miller, John Dexter, Nicholas Hytner, Edward Hall,Alan Strachan, Peter Coe, Elijah Moshinsky, Peter Gill and on several occasions Michael Rudman.
Aside from a continuing presence in the theatre, Stephen has also garnered a long list of television and film work. Early television roles included parts in 'Edward II' and Richard 11, 'The Persuaders', 'Thriller', 'The New Avengers' Killers, Armchair Thriller, Dirty Money (with Ian Mcshane) and "The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil".
Was cast in his most recognizable role - the villainous Travis in the famous BBC science fiction series 'Blake's 7'. The character would appear throughout the first series. He also took notable roles in"The Persuaders" 'Dick Turpin', 'Return of the Saint' , "Play For Today" (Twice) and 3 series of 'Citizen Smith'. With Robert Lindsay and produced and directed by the legendary Dennis Main Wilson
Has continued to build up a remarkable number of television appearances to the present, acting in productions such as "New Tricks" ,"Silent Witness"," Waking the Dead" ,"Dr Who", "Mistresses", 'Spooks', 'Space Race', 'Holby City', "Midnight Movie" (Denis Potter), "Minder", 'EastEnders' and 'The Bill'.
Recent film roles include "Risen"(2016) "Bill"(2015) "Woman in Gold" (2015)"Boogie Woogie" (2009), "Shoot on Sight" (2008), "Eichmann" (2008),"Back in Business" (2007), "Sixty Six" (2006), "Casanova" (2006), "The Upside of Anger" (2005), "Fakers "(2004) and "Spartan" (2004).
Stephen has narrated countless talking books including The History of the Jews, Inspector Palfrey of Westminster (6 books), Send no more Roses, The Match King, He Kills Coppers, Seeking Robinson Crusoe, The Boy with the Magic Numbers (for which he won the prestigious Earphones Award from BBC Audiobooks America), The Pianist, The Darkness of Wallis Simpson, and His Dark Materials.
His radio work includes Waterloo,:The ball at Brussels, The Castle, The Zone, The Carter Mysteries, Austerlitz,Love and War,The Man in Black, Tinker tailor soldier spy, "Peter Lorre V Peter Lorre" (playing Lorre), "The Grand Hotel Babylon", "The Babbington Plot", The Devil was here Yesterday, The Iceman, Witness, Take-away, Down and Out in London and Paris, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and Hooligan Nights.
He has also voiced hundreds of Radio and Television commercials as well as thousands of cinema and television promos and trailers, On -line games, corporate presentations, Narratives and scores of voices for numerous computer games including the latest Sony Playstation game, Puppeteer, Zenoblade Chronicles, Risen 2, Fable 2. Dragon Quest, Witcher, Venetica .Medieval, Momento Mori.
He is the proud inventor of "VoiceQuality", a system for describing the Quality and Character of the human voice and licensed worldwide to the famous actors directory "The Spotlight".
Appeared by invitation of the National Film Theatre to discuss his work in Blakes 7.
Appeared by invitation of the Israeli Embassy to read from Amos Oz,s "A Tale of Love and Darkness" to celebrate the founding of the state of Israel.
Is a keen golfer, a member of The Stage Golfing Society and a Movie buff.
Son of a clergyman, the British character actor Thorley Walters was born in 1913 in Teigngrace, Devonshire, England. After stage experience, in which he played Shakespearean and light leading roles, he made his film debut in The Love Test and continued his early film career with numerous quota quickies. Walters quickly found his acting niche in comic parts and became a featured player in films. During the 1950s and 1960s, he made his name in the comedies of the Boulting Brothers (e.g., Private's Progress, Man in a Cocked Hat, Rotten to the Core, et al.) and the Launder-Gilliat team [e.g., _Ring of Spies (1963)_, Joey Boy, and the St. Trinian's films). He also became well-known to horror fans through his numerous appearances for Hammer (The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Frankenstein Created Woman, and Vampire Circus), Amicus (The Psychopath and The People That Time Forgot).
With his beefy build, square mustache, and befuddled manner, Walters was a natural to play Dr. Watson, which he did in several films, including Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, and Silver Blaze. In the latter part of his career, he became a familiar figure on television in such popular series as The Duchess of Duke Street and _"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1979)(mini)_ . Walters was active in film and television until his death in 1991, appearing mostly in cameo roles as incompetent officers, bumbling authority figures, and muddle-headed assistants.
Gillian Steventon was born in Warwickshire, relocating to London in her twenties to pursue a career in art and design at Central Saint Martin's School of Art. Whilst working as a designer at Riverside Studios and the BBC she started attending acting workshops and play readings. The realization that acting was her true love very quickly emerged.
It wasn't until her daughter had left home for university that Gillian took the opportunity to train professionally as an actor at The Bridge Theatre Training Company in Camden.
Her film debut was as an MI6 Operative in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy directed by Tomas Alfredson alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, John Hurt and Toby Jones.
Born in London, Alex Sutherland entered the film business straight out of school where he managed to gain extensive production experience from all over the world. Sutherland's key source of experience came from working his way up from assistant director to line producer on the successful TV series "Sharpe" that managed to span 16 feature length films from 1993 to 2008. Given the richness, diversity and dynamic locations in Turkey, Alex established AZ Celtic Films in Istanbul in 2010. Over the course of years AZ Celtic Films achieved one its primary goal of bringing international ad campaigns such as Heineken and Nike as well as prestigious feature film productions such as WB "Argo", Working Titles "Two Faces of January", "Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy" and productions such as Denmark's Oscar nominated "A War", Asif Kapadia's "Ali & Nino" and the soon to be released "Run for Love" by highly acclaimed Chinese director Hu Guan
He was one of the most influential figures in British television. He was head of BBC Television Drama from 1969-81. He was responsible for such groundbreaking productions as Dennis Potter's "Pennies From Heaven" and "Brimstone and Treacle" as well as "I, Claudius," "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and classic serials including "The Six Wives of Henry VIII," and "Testament of Youth."
As a director, he worked on detective series such as "Z Cars" and the costume drama "The Forsyte Saga," the most acclaimed BBC series of the sixties. In 1981, he was appointed executive producer of the BBC Shakespeare series, in which all 37 plays were adapted for television.
He was born Shaun Alfred Graham Sutton in Hammersmith, London, England to theatrical parents. He studied drama at the Embassy School. He worked as an actor in several London shows before the outbreak of World War II.
He served in the Royal Navy in 1940 and after the war, he returned to acting. He joined the BBC in 1952 working on mainly children's comedies and in 1962 became one of the original directors for the then new series "Z Cars."
In 1966, he became head of serials for the BBC, responsible for a huge output of high quality drama including "The Forsyte Saga." The 1967 serial put BBC2 on the map, attracting six million viewers on Sunday evenings and was repeated a year later on BBC1, gaining an audience of 18 million. It was the first serial ever to be sold to the Soviet Union and was purchased by stations all over America. The series confirmed the BBC's reputation for costume dramas and spawned a host of clones like "The First Churchills" and "The Pallisers."
In 1969, he was promoted to head of drama in an era which was later to be described as the golden age of British television drama. Under his auspices at the BBC. he produced more than 120 plays annually by writers including Joe Orton, David Storey and Sir Alan Ayckbourn. He championed controversial productions such as the prison drama "Scum" and several of Dennis Potter's plays.
With Cedric Messina and Jonathan Miller, he was executive producer of the 1978-85 BBC Shakespeare anthology, which starred actors such as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Derek Jacobi, Timothy West CBE and Sir John Gielgud. When the Shakespeare cycle was completed, he worked on Theatre Night, a BBC2 season of six plays a year adapted from the stage.
He wrote several books including the seminal guide to television drama, "The Largest Theatre in the World" in (1982).
Jack English is a photographer in the motion picture industry. With a background in fashion and music photography, English turned his eye towards movies with Oldman's Nil by Mouth. Rather than capturing straightforward stills, English saw this as an opportunity to create abstract images of characters informed by their environments, thus, labeling himself as a truly original on-set photographer.
English has since enjoyed success as the stills photographer on films such as The Fifth Element, Joan of Arc, Tyrannosaur, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
Without pause, English continues to apply his exceptional perspective to films throughout the industry.
Jack English is a member of IATSE Local 600 and has an 01 work visa for projects in the States.
Son of actor and dubber Massimo Foschi, famous for being Darth Vader's italian voice, he studied at Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio D'Amico.
Actor and dubber like his father. Italian voice of Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Italian voice of Tom Hardy in Warrior and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Studied filmmaking at the Met Film School at Ealing Studios. He has been working as script consultant, script editor and offline editor before taking over development and production at Aria Films in 2012. His slate of features includes projects from writers and directors like Ian Iqbal Rashid (Touch of Pink, How She Move), Keith Thompson (The Sapphires), Patrick Collerton (The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off), James Rogan (Dead Bolt Dead) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).