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SpouseJoe Dixon, Gary Oldman
FactShe was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Drama. She is an actress in London, England.

Lesley Manville, OBE is an English actress. She is known for her collaborations with director Mike Leigh, particularly in the films All or Nothing (2002), Vera Drake (2004), Another Year (2010), and Mr. Turner (2014). For her role in the latter, she won the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress of the Year. She also won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film Phantom Thread (2017).

Manville was born in Brighton, Sussex, to a housewife mother and a taxi driver father. She was brought up in nearby Hove. She has two older sisters, one of whom is actress Gwen Taylor. She was educated at a local comprehensive school and then attended Brighton Polytechnic to study drama.

Manville’s first film role was in Persecution (1975), followed by a number of supporting roles in British films such as The Dresser (1983) and Dance with a Stranger (1985). She first came to prominence with her role in the Mike Leigh film Meantime (1984). In the 1980s and early 1990s, Manville had supporting roles in several films directed by Stephen Frears, including The Hit (1984), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), and High Hopes (1988). She also appeared in the Merchant Ivory film A Room with a View (1985).

In 2002, Manville starred in Leigh’s All or Nothing, for which she won the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress of the Year. The following year, she appeared in Leigh’s Vera Drake, for which she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2005, Manville starred in Another Year, again directed by Leigh, for which she received another BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Manville has worked with Leigh on a further three occasions: as Cynthia Purley in the television film Grown-Ups (2010), as Mrs. Poulteney in the 2011 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, and as Mrs. Sedgwick in Mr. Turner (2014), for which she won the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress of the Year.

In 2017, Manville starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has also appeared in the films Maleficent (2014) and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015).

Manville has been married twice: first to actor Gary Oldman from 1986 to 1990, and then to director Ken Loach from 2002 to 2009. She has two children from her first marriage: Alfie Oldman (born 1987) and Joe Oldman (born 1989).

General Info

Full NameLesley Manville
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationItalia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts


SpouseJoe Dixon, Gary Oldman
ChildrenAlfie Oldman


AwardsLaurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year, National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, Obie Award for Ensemble Performance, Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress
NominationsBritish Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, European Film Award for Best Actress, British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, Drama League Award for Distingui...
MoviesMaleficent, Another Year, Secrets & Lies, Mr. Turner, All or Nothing, Vera Drake, Topsy-Turvy, Rupture, The Christmas Candle, Romeo and Juliet, High Hopes, Womb, Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist, Spike Island, A Christmas Carol, A Five Star Life, Grown-Ups, Dance with a Stranger, The Firm, High ...
TV ShowsMum, North & South, River, Cranford, Harlots, The Cazalets, Painted Lady, King Cinder, A Bunch of Fives, Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, Mayday, The Queen, Holding On, David Copperfield, Other People's Children, The Bite, Ain't Misbehavin'

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1[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?"
2[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!
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.


1She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Drama. She is an actress in London, England.
2Regularly works with Mike Leigh.
3Was cast as Queen Elizabeth II in The Theory of Everything (2014) but her part was cut.
4She won the 2014 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance as Helene Alving in Richard Eyre's revival of "Ghosts".
5She won the 2013 Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance as Helene Alving in Richard Eyre's revival of "Ghosts".
6Is 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.
7Despite 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).
8Her father was a taxi chauffeur.
9Some of her favorite co-stars are Lesley Sharp, Timothy Spall and Deborah Findlay.
10Appears with ex-husband Gary Oldman in A Christmas Carol (2009).
11One son, Alfie Oldman (b. 1988), with Gary Oldman




All or Nothing2002Penny Bassett
The Cazalets2001TV SeriesVilly Cazalet
David Copperfield2000TV MovieMrs. Micawber
Other People's Children2000TV SeriesNadine
Black Cab2000TV SeriesYvonne
Toy Boys1999ShortMrs. Allen
Real Women II1999TV SeriesKaren
Topsy-Turvy1999Lucy Gilbert (Kitty)
Silent Witness1998TV SeriesSuzy Franklin
Real Women1998TV SeriesKaren
Painted Lady1997TV MovieSusie Peel
Holding On1997TV Mini-SeriesHilary
Dual Balls1997ShortJoanna
The Bite1996TV Mini-SeriesEllie Shannon
Secrets & Lies1996Social Worker
Kavanagh QC1996TV SeriesLucy Cartwright
Tears Before Bedtime1995TV SeriesBeattie Freeman
Little Napoleons1994TV Mini-SeriesJudith Silver
A Skirt Through History1994TV SeriesBessie Parkes
Ain't Misbehavin1994TV SeriesMelissa Quigley
Screen Two1989-1994TV SeriesSophie / Sue
Crime Story1993TV SeriesGail
Goggle Eyes1993TV Mini-SeriesRosalind Killin
A Statement of Affairs1993TV Mini-SeriesCarol
The Mushroom Picker1993TV Mini-SeriesMargot
Soldier Soldier1992TV SeriesRachel Fortune / Rachel Elliot
Screenplay1992TV SeriesPenny Armitage
Performance1991TV SeriesMarlene
High Hopes1988Laetitia Boothe-Braine
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid1987Margy
High Season1987Carol
Christmas Present1985
The Moon Over Soho1985TV MovieSally Spencer
Bulman1985TV SeriesKaren Tait
Dance with a Stranger1985Maryanne
Angels in the Annexe1984TV MovieJenny Bailey
Play for Today1984TV SeriesVivienne
Sharing Time1984TV SeriesJune
Give us a Break1983TV SeriesAlma
Objects of Affection1982TV SeriesLiz
Coronation Street1982TV SeriesJill Mason
BBC2 Playhouse1980TV SeriesMandy
The Gentle Touch1980TV SeriesShirley Davies / Shirley Davis
General Hospital1980TV SeriesTina Butler
A Bunch of Fives1977-1978TV SeriesHelen Wyatt
Wings1978TV SeriesFrancoise
King Cinder1977TV SeriesNikki
Leap in the Dark1977TV SeriesJulie
The Emigrants1976TV SeriesJanice Parker
Emmerdale1975-1976TV SeriesRosemary Kendall
Barlow1975TV SeriesChristine West
Softly Softly: Task Force1974TV SeriesJanet
Village Hall1974TV SeriesMerle
Rupture2016post-productionDr. Nyman
The Go-Between2015TV Movie post-productionMrs. Maudsley
Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism2015Miss Adderstone
River2014TV SeriesChrissie Read
Ghosts2014/IHelene Alving
Mr. Turner2014Mary Somerville
Fleming2014TV Mini-SeriesEvelyn Fleming
The Christmas Candle2013Bea Haddington
An Adventure in Space and Time2013TV MovieHeather Hartnell
Romeo & Juliet2013/IINurse
A Five Star Life2013Kate Sherman
Mayday2013TV Mini-SeriesGail Spicer / Gail
Spike Island2012Margaret
Law & Order: UK2009-2011TV SeriesPhyllis Gladstone
Midsomer Murders2011TV SeriesPhoebe Archbold
Playhouse: Live2010TV Series
Another Year2010Mary
The Queen2009TV SeriesMargaret Thatcher
A Christmas Carol2009Mrs. Cratchit
Suicide Man2009ShortCouncillor Deakins
The Escort2008ShortLesley
Cranford2007TV SeriesMrs Rose
Richard Is My Boyfriend2007TV MovieMichelle
Perfect Parents2006TV MovieSister Antonia
Agatha Christie: Poirot2005TV SeriesMrs Lorrimer
The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael2005Sarah Carmichael
North & South2004TV Mini-SeriesMaria Hale
Vera Drake2004Mrs. Wells
Rose and Maloney2004TV SeriesProfessor Diane Marquis
Promoted to Glory2003TV MovieCapt. Annie Sullivan
Bodily Harm2002TV Mini-SeriesMandy Greenfield
Plain Jane2002TV MovieDora Bruce


Sparkle2007performer: "I Only Want To Be With You", "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", "Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime"


The Theory of Everything2014special thanks
Chattahoochee1989special thanks - as Leslie Manville


Imagine2014TV Series documentaryHerself - Actress
The Olivier Awards 20142014TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress
My Hero2013TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
The Mike Leigh Method2011Video shortHerself
The Fabulous Picture Show2010TV SeriesHerself
14 Actors Acting2010Video shortHerself
Film 20152010TV SeriesHerself
Mike Leigh & Lesley Manville on Another Year2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Mike Leigh in Conversation2008VideoHerself / Laetitia Boothe-Brain / Social Worker / ... (uncredited)
Newsnight2007TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast2002TV SeriesHerself
The South Bank Show2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Loose Women2000TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Honest Trailers2014TV SeriesFlittle
Mr. Turner: The Many Colours of Mr. Turner2014Video shortMary Somerville (uncredited)
The Making of Cranford2007Video documentary shortMrs. Rose (uncredited)
Arena1982TV Series documentaryMandy


Won Awards

2012Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActressAnother Year (2010)
2011ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest ActressAnother Year (2010)
2011ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actress of the YearAnother Year (2010)
2011Virtuoso AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalAnother Year (2010)
2011Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ActressAnother Year (2010)
2010Ischia Art AwardIschia Global Film & Music FestivalAnother Year (2010)
2010NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActressAnother Year (2010)
2010SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressAnother Year (2010)
2003ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actress of the YearAll or Nothing (2002)

Nominated Awards

2016BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressRiver (2015)
2011Dorian AwardGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)Film Performance of the YearAnother Year (2010)
2011BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressAnother Year (2010)
2011EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest ActressAnother Year (2010)
2010British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest Supporting ActressAnother Year (2010)
2010CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressAnother Year (2010)
2010DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest ActressAnother Year (2010)
2010European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActressAnother Year (2010)
2010ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Lead PerformanceAnother Year (2010)
2010ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting PerformanceAnother Year (2010)
2010SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceAnother Year (2010)
2010UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressAnother Year (2010)
2010VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActressAnother Year (2010)
2010VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActressAnother Year (2010)
2010Davis AwardAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleAnother Year (2010)
2003Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActressAll or Nothing (2002)
2003RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest Actor - FemaleBodily Harm (2002)
2001ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actress of the YearTopsy-Turvy (1999)
2001RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest Actor - FemaleOther People's Children (2000)

3rd Place Awards

2011NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressAnother Year (2010)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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