Lesley Manville at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
12 March 1956 |
Brighton, Sussex, England
|Spouse(s)||Gary Oldman (1987–1990)
Joe Dixon (2000–2004)
Manville began her career on stage in the 1972 West End musical I and Albert. In the 1980s, she appeared in the films Dance with a Stranger (1985), directed by Mike Newell and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), directed by Stephen Frears. She frequently collaborates with director Mike Leigh, twice being named British Actress of the Year at the London Film Critics Circle Awards for her performances in his 2002 film All or Nothing and his 2010 film Another Year. For the latter, she also received a BAFTA Award nomination. Other Mike Leigh films she has appeared in include High Hopes (1988), Secrets & Lies (1996), Topsy Turvy (1999) and Vera Drake (2004).
Her extensive career on stage includes appearing in the early 1980s Royal Court productions of Andrea Dunbar's Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1981) and Carol Churchill's Top Girls (1982). She also appeared in Top Girls in New York, in the 1983 Off-Broadway production. Other roles include As You Like It (1985) and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985-1986), at the RSC and All About My Mother (2007) and Six Degrees of Separation (2010), at the Old Vic. At the National Theatre, her work includes His Dark Materials (2005), The Alchemist (2006) and her Olivier nominated role in Mike Leigh's Grief (2011). For her role as Helena in the National's revival of the Ibsen play Ghosts (2013), she won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actress.
Manville was born in Brighton, Sussex, to a former ballet dancer mother and a taxicab driver father. She was brought up in nearby Hove, one of three daughters. Training as a soprano singer from age 8, she twice became under-18 champion of Sussex. 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.
Her first job was in West End theatre in the musical I and Albert directed by John Schlesinger, which was followed by television presentation on Westward Television's version of the BBC's Blue Peter. She paid for her first flat taking a part on Emmerdale Farm, which lasted for 80 episodes.
Manville built a career as a distinctive theatre actress, appearing in new plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Warehouse and Royal Court Theatre. She played Sister Croy in The Sons of Light; Ali in Savage Amusement; Isabel in Trust Us and Lucy in Lucy Page's Lucy.
In 1979, she met Mike Leigh, who was looking for RSC actors who could improvise. She starred in the 1980 BBC play Grown-Ups. She subsequently appeared in Leigh's films High Hopes, Secrets & Lies, Topsy-Turvy, All or Nothing and Another Year. Other film appearances include: Dance with a Stranger, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, High Season and The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael, as well as A Christmas Carol and Womb.
Manville has also remained active on television, with credits such as The Gentle Touch, Coronation Street, Bulman, Soldier Soldier, Ain't Misbehavin', Tears Before Bedtime, Kavanagh QC, Holding On, Silent Witness, Real Women, The Cazalets, North and South and Cranford. and "Mayday" in 2013.
For her role in All or Nothing she won the London Film Critics' Circle British Actress of the Year in 2002.
For her role in Another Year she has been 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. She won her second London Film Critics Circle award for British Actress of the Year. She also won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress from the San Diego Film Critics Society. On 18 January 2011, she received a BAFTA nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category. On 7 February 2011, former Charlie's Angels stars Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd presented the Best Actress Award to Lesley Manville for "Another Year" at the "Movies for Grownups Awards". On stage, she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in 2012 for Grief. In 2014, she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress and the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress for Ghosts.
She met her first husband Gary Oldman while working at the Royal Court Theatre. Oldman left her in 1989, three months after their son, Alfie, was born. Her second marriage was to Joe Dixon. As of 2007, Manville lived with her son in East Grinstead, West Sussex.
Film and television
|Year||Television Feature or Series||Role||Notes|
|1974||Village Hall||Merle||episode: "Dancing in the Dark"|
|1974||Softly Softly: Task Force||Janet||episode: "Pop Goes the Weasel"|
|1975||Barlow at Large||Christine West||episode: "Protection"|
|1976||The Emigrants||Janice Parker||episode: "13,000 Miles Away"
episode: "Chances for the Children"
|1977||A Bunch of Fives||Helen Wyatt||episode: "The Critic"
episode: "Do It Yourself"
|1977||Leap in the Dark||Julie||episode: "The Fetch"|
|1978||Wings||Francoise||episode: "Dawn Attack"|
|1980||The Gentle Touch||Shirley Davies
|1980||BBC2 Playhouse||Mandy||episode: "Grown-Ups"|
|1982||Objects of Affection||Liz||episode: "Our Winnie"|
|1982||Coronation Street||Jill Mason||episode: "Episode #1.2211"
episode: "Episode: #1.2208"
|1984||Play for Today||Vivienne||episode: "Dog Ends"|
|1985||Bullman||Karen Tait||episode: "The Name of the Game"|
|1991||Performance (TV series)||Marlene||episode: "Top Girls"|
|1992||Soldier Soldier (TV series)||Rachel Fortune
|1993||The Mushroom Picker||Margot||3 episodes|
|1993||A Statement of Affairs||Carol||episode: "Episode #1.1"|
|1993||Goggle-Eyes||Rosalind Killin||4 episodes|
|1993||Crime Story (TV series)||Gail||episode: "When the Lies Run Out: The Ian Spiro Story"|
|1994||Ain't Misbehavin'||Melissa Quigley||6 episodes|
|1994||Little Napoleons||Judith Silver||episode: "Sleeping with the Enemy"
episode: "The Godfather of Education"
episode: "The Big Interview"
episode: "Path to Power"
|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|
|1998||Real Women||Karen||episode: "The Hitch"
episode: "The Hangover"
episode: "The Hen Night"
|1998||Silent Witness||Suzy Franklin||episode: "Fallen Idol"|
|1999||Toy Boys||Mrs. Allen|
|1999||Real Women II||Karen Turner||4 episodes|
|1999||Milk (1999 film)||Fiona|
|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|
|2001||The Cazalets||Villy Cazalet||6 episodes|
|2002||Bodily Harm (2002 film)||Mandy Greenfield||2 episodes
Nominated— Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor - Female
|2002||Plain Jane||Dora Bruce|
|2003||Promoted to Glory||Capt. Annie Sullivan|
|2004||Rose and Maloney||Professor Diane Marquis||1 episode|
|2004||North & South||Maria Hale||4 episodes|
|2005||Poirot: Cards on the Table||Mrs. Lorrimer||episode: "Cards on the Table"|
|2006||Perfect Parents||Sister Antonia|
|2007||Cranford||Mrs. Rose||episode: "May 1843"
episode: "April 1843"
episode: "November 1842"
episode: "August 1842"
episode: "June 1842"
|2009-2011||Law & Order: UK||Phyllis Gladstone||episode: "Tick Tock"
|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|
|2014||Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond||Evelyn St. Croix Fleming||4 episodes|
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- "Patrons". Hub Theatre Bio of Manville. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
- A Christmas Carol IMDb
- Womb IMDb
- Mike Leigh: Profile of a Playwright Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2011.
- This Is London theatre review Evening Standard, 22 September 2011.
- London Critics Circle British Actress of the Year Critics Circle web site
- Chicago Film Critics Award for Best Actress Chicago Film Critics web site
- London Critics Circle for British Actress of the Year
- San Diego Film Critics Society San Diego Film Critics Society web site
- "Search Results". BAFTA site. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
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