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Lesley Manville

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Lesley Manville

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Lesley Ann Manville[1]

(1956-03-12) 12 March 1956 (age 63)
Brighton, Sussex, England
ResidenceEast Grinstead, West Sussex
Years active1972–present
Gary Oldman
(m. 1987; div. 1990)

Joe Dixon
(m. 2000; div. 2004)

Lesley Ann Manville OBE (born 12 March 1956)[2] is an English actress, known for her frequent collaborations with director Mike Leigh, winning the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year for Leigh's All or Nothing (2002) and Another Year (2010), and the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress for the latter film. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Phantom Thread (2017). Other film roles include Maleficent (2014).

Manville's extensive stage career includes roles in As You Like It (1985), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1986), His Dark Materials (2005), The Alchemist (2006), All About My Mother (2007) and Six Degrees of Separation (2010). Nominated for an Olivier Award for her role in Leigh's 2011 play Grief, she won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role in the 2013 revival of Ghosts. She is also a four-time BAFTA Award nominee, including for her role in the sitcom Mum (2016–2019).

Early life

Manville was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the daughter of Jean, a former ballet dancer, and Ron Manville, a taxi driver.[3][4] She was brought up in nearby Hove, as one of three daughters.[5][6] Training as a soprano singer from age 8, she twice became under-18 champion of Sussex.[5] She began acting as a teenager, appearing in television series such as King Cinder. As a result, at age 15, she gained a place at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.[7]


After turning down teacher Arlene Phillips's invitation to join her new dance troupe Hot Gossip, she was taught improvisation by Italia Conti teacher Julia Carey.[5][5][6][7] She made her professional stage debut in the 1972 West End musical I and Albert directed by John Schlesinger and paid for her first flat taking a part in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale Farm (1974–76), appearing in 80 episodes.[5]

Manville built a career as a distinctive theatre actress, appearing in new plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Warehouse and Royal Court Theatre from 1978.[8] She met Mike Leigh in 1979, when he was looking for RSC actors who could improvise.[6] In the 1980s, her work for the Royal Court included Andrea Dunbar's Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1981) and Caryl Churchill's Top Girls (1982) and Serious Money (1987). She also starred in the Top Girls Off-Broadway production in 1983. For the RSC, she starred in As You Like It (1985) and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985–86). She made her film debut in 1985s Dance with a Stranger directed by Mike Newell, and went on to appear in Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987) directed by Stephen Frears, and High Season (1987). Back on the stage, she starred in The Cherry Orchard at the Aldwych Theatre in 1989, directed by Sam Mendes, and in Three Sisters at the Royal Court in 1990.

In 1994, Manville starred in the first series of the BBC sitcom Ain't Misbehavin'. For her work in the 2000 miniseries Other People's Children, and the 2002 TV film Bodily Harm, she received nominations for Best Female Actor at the Royal Television Society Awards.[9][10] Her extensive television credits include prominent roles in the dramas Holding On (1997), Real Women (1998–99), The Cazalets (2001), North & South (2004) and Cranford (2007).[11] She also starred in Cards on the Table, a 2006 feature-length episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot.

Since 2005, Manville has starred in several National Theatre productions, including His Dark Materials (2005), The Alchemist (2006) and Her Naked Skin (2008). She also starred in The Old Vic productions of All About My Mother (2007) and Six Degrees of Separation (2010). In 2009, she played Margaret Thatcher in the Channel 4 drama The Queen.

Manville has appeared in numerous Mike Leigh films throughout her career, including High Hopes (1988), Secrets & Lies (1996), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Vera Drake (2004) and Mr. Turner (2014). Her most notable Mike Leigh films are All or Nothing in 2002 and Another Year in 2010. For both, she won the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year.[12] For Another Year, she also won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, and was nominated for the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress and the European Film Award for Best Actress, as well as the Chicago Film Critics Award for Best Actress.[13][14] She also won Best Supporting Actress from the San Diego Film Critics Society.[15] On 18 January 2011, she received a BAFTA nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category.[16] On 7 February 2011, former Charlie's Angels stars Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd presented the Best Actress Award to her at the "Movies for Grownups Awards".[17]

In 2011, Manville starred in Mike Leigh's play Grief at the National Theatre which earned her a Best Actress Olivier Award nomination.[18] For her role as Helene Alving in the 2013 revival of the Ibsen play Ghosts, she won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actress and the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress. She also appeared in the films Romeo and Juliet (2013) and Maleficent (2014).

Manville was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours. In the same year, she starred opposite Stellan Skaarsgaard in the BBC drama River, which earned her a nomination for the 2016 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress. She then starred opposite Peter Mullan in the BBC sitcom Mum, for which she was nominated for the 2017 BAFTA TV Award for Best Female Comedy Performance.

Further success for Manville came in late 2017 with Paul Thomas Anderson's period drama Phantom Thread, where she starred alongside Daniel Day-Lewis as his character's sister, Cyril Woodcock. For the role, she was nominated for the Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress.

Personal life

Manville's first boyfriend was actor Peter Duncan whom she met at stage school. They are still friends.[19]

Her first husband was actor Gary Oldman. Oldman left Manville in 1989, three months after their son, Alfie, was born,[6] although the pair are on good terms.[20] Her second marriage was to Joe Dixon.[6]

In 2007, Manville was living with her son in East Grinstead, West Sussex.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Dance with a Stranger Maryanne
1987 Sammy and Rosie Get Laid Margy
1987 High Season Carol
1988 High Hopes Laetitia Boothe-Braine
1996 Secrets & Lies Social Worker
1999 Milk Fiona
1999 Topsy-Turvy Lucy Gilbert Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Supporting Actress of the Year
1999 Toy Boys Mrs. Allen Short film
2002 All or Nothing Penny Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Actress of the Year
2004 Vera Drake Mrs. Wells
2005 The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael Sarah Carmichael
2007 Richard Is My Boyfriend Mother
2007 Sparkle Jill
2010 Another Year Mary London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Actress of the Year
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance
2010 Womb Judith
2013 Romeo and Juliet The Nurse
2013 A Five Star Life Kate Sherman
2013 Spike Island Margaret
2013 The Christmas Candle Bea Haddington
2014 Maleficent Flittle
2014 Mr. Turner Mary Somerville
2015 Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism Miss Adderstone
2016 Rupture Dr. Nyman
2017 Hampstead Fiona
2017 Phantom Thread Cyril Woodcock London Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
2019 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Flittle Post-production
TBA Misbehaviour Dolores Hope Post-production
TBA Normal People Joan Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Village Hall Merle Episode: "Dancing in the Dark"
1974 Softly Softly: Task Force Janet Episode: "Pop Goes the Weasel"
1974–1976 Emmerdale Farm Rosemary Kendall 48 episodes
1975 Barlow at Large Christine West Episode: "Protection"
1976 The Emigrants Janice Parker 3 episodes
1977 A Bunch of Fives Helen Wyatt 2 episodes
1977 Leap in the Dark Julie Episode: "The Fetch"
1977 King Cinder Nikki 6 episodes
1978 Wings Francoise Episode: "Dawn Attack"
1980 The Gentle Touch Shirley Davis 2 episodes
1980 Grown-Ups Mandy Television film
1982 Objects of Affection Liz Episode: "Our Winnie"
1982 Coronation Street Jill Mason 2 episodes
1982 Our Winnie Student Television short
1984 Play for Today Vivienne Episode: "Dog Ends"
1985 Bullman Karen Tait Episode: "The Name of the Game"
1989 The Firm Sue Bissel Television film
1991 Performance Marlene Episode: "Top Girls"
1992 Soldier Soldier Rachel Elliot 5 episodes
1993 The Mushroom Picker Margot 3 episodes
1993 A Statement of Affairs Carol Episode #1.1
1993 Goggle-Eyes Rosalind Killin 4 episodes
1993 Crime Story Gail Episode: "When the Lies Run Out: The Ian Spiro Story"
1994 Ain't Misbehavin' Melissa Quigley 6 episodes
1994 Little Napoleons Judith Silver 4 episodes
1994 A Skirt Through History Bessie Parkes Episode: "A Lady's Portion"
1995 Tears Before Bedtime Beattie Freman 4 episodes
1996 The Bite Ellie Shannon 2 episodes
1996 Kavanagh QC Lucy Cartwright Episode: "The Commitment"
1997 Holding On Hilary 7 episodes
1997 Painted Lady Susie Peel Television film
1998–1999 Real Women Karen 7 episodes
1998 Silent Witness Suzy Franklin Episode: "Fallen Idol"
1999 Real Women II Karen Turner 4 episodes
2000 Other People's Children Nadine 2 episodes
Nominated —  Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor - Female
2000 Black Cab Yvonne Episode: "Lost & Found"
2000 David Copperfield Mrs. Micawber Television film
2001 The Cazalets Villy Cazalet 6 episodes
2002 Bodily Harm Mandy Greenfield 2 episodes
Nominated —  Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor - Female
2002 Plain Jane Dora Bruce Television film
2003 Promoted to Glory Capt. Annie Sullivan Television film
2004 Rose and Maloney Professor Diane Marquis 2 episodes
2004 North & South Maria Hale 4 episodes
2005 Agatha Christie's Poirot Mrs. Lorrimer Episode: "Cards on the Table"
2006 Perfect Parents Sister Antonia Television film
2007 Cranford Mrs. Rose 5 episodes
2009–2011 Law & Order: UK Phyllis Gladstone 3 episodes
2009 The Queen Margaret Thatcher Episode: "The Rivals"
2011 Midsomer Murders Phoebe Archbold Episode: "Fit for Murder"
2013 An Adventure in Space and Time Heather Hartnell Television film
2013 Mayday Gail Spicer 5 episodes
2014 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Evelyn St. Croix Fleming 4 episodes
2015 River DCI Chrissie Read 6 episodes
Nominated — BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress
2016–present Mum Cathy 12 episodes
Nominated — BAFTA TV Award for Best Female Comedy Performance
2017 A Very British Brothel Narrator Documentary
2017–present Harlots Lydia Quigley
TBA World on Fire Upcoming miniseries


Role Play Theatre Year
Ali Savage Amusement (John Caird) RSC - Warehouse


Sister Croy The Sons of Light (Ron Daniels) RSC - Warehouse


Jen Fear of the Dark (Walter Donohue) Royal Shakespeare Company


? Chorus Girls (Adrian Shergold) Theatre Royal, Stratford East


Second Student Who Needs Enemies? (Walter Donohue) RSC - Warehouse


? Borderline (Max Stafford-Clark) Royal Court


Sue Rita, Sue and Bob Too (Andrea Dunbar) Royal Court


Patient Griselda[21] Top Girls (Caryl Churchill) Royal Court


? Falkland Sound (Max Stafford-Clark) Royal Court


Pat The Pope's Wedding (Max Stafford-Clark) Royal Court


Liz Saved (Danny Boyle) Royal Court


Polya Philistines Royal Shakespeare Company


Dolores The Dead Monkey (Roger Michell) Royal Shakespeare Company


Phebe As You Like It (Adrian Noble) RST


Cécile Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Howard Davies) Pit


Scilla Serious Money (Max Stafford-Clark) Royal Court


Sandra American Bagpipes (Lindsay Posner) Royal Court


Varya The Cherry Orchard (Sam Mendes) Aldwych


Natasha Three Sisters (Adrian Noble) Royal Court


Miss Julie Miss Julie Greenwich Theatre


Lindsay[22] Some Girl(s) Gielgud Theatre


Mrs. Coulter His Dark Materials National Theatre


Lona Pillars of the Community (Marianne Elliott) National Theatre (Lyttelton)


Dol Common The Alchemist National Theatre


Manuela All About My Mother The Old Vic


Celia Cain Her Naked Skin National Theatre


Ouisa Kittredge Six Degrees of Separation The Old Vic


Dorothy Grief National Theatre


Helene Alving Ghosts Almeida Theatre


Mary Tyrone Long Day's Journey into Night Bristol Old Vic 2016
Mary Tyrone Long Day's Journey into Night Wyndham's Theatre, BAM and Wallis Annenberg Center 2018


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