Manville at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
12 March 1956 |
Brighton, Sussex, England
(m. 1987; div. 1990)
Lesley Manville OBE (born 12 March 1956) is an English actress of film, theatre and television who frequently collaborates with director Mike Leigh. For her work in his 2002 film All or Nothing and his 2010 film Another Year, she won the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year. For the latter, she also won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Manville's extensive stage career includes roles in As You Like It (RSC 1985), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (RSC 1986), His Dark Materials (National Theatre 2005), The Alchemist (National Theatre 2006), All About My Mother (Old Vic 2007) and Six Degrees of Separation (Old Vic 2010). In 2012, she was nominated for an Olivier Award for her role in Leigh's play Grief (National Theatre 2011), before going on to win the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role in the revival of Ghosts (Almeida 2013).
Manville was born in Brighton, Sussex, to a former ballet dancer mother and a taxicab driver father. She was brought up in nearby Hove, as 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.
After turning down teacher Arlene Phillips' invitation to join her new dance troupe Hot Gossip, she was taught improvisation by Italia Conti teacher Julia Carey. 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), 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 from 1978. She met Mike Leigh in 1979, when he was looking for RSC actors who could improvise. 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. 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). 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. 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. She also won 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 her at the "Movies for Grownups Awards".
In 2011, Manville starred in Mike Leigh's play Grief at the National Theatre which earned her a Best Actress Olivier Award nomination. 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. Her other film appearances include Romeo and Juliet (2013) and Maleficent (2014). She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours. She starred opposite Stellan Skaarsgaard in the 2015 BBC drama River, which earned her a nomination for the 2016 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She met her first husband actor 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. In 2007 Manville was living with her son in East Grinstead, West Sussex.
|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"|
|1974–1976||Emmerdale Farm||Rosemary Kendall|
|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||Marlene||episode: "Top Girls"|
|1992||Soldier Soldier||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||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|
|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||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|
|2015||River||DCI Chrissie Read||Nominated— BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2017||A Very British Brothel||Narrator|
|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 ||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 ||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||
|Helene Alving||Ghosts||Almeida Theatre||
|Mary Tyrone||Long Day's Journey into Night (Eugene O'Neill's play)||Bristol Old Vic||2016|
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