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Marion Bailey (born 5 May 1951) is a British actress. She is best known for her work with her partner, film director Mike Leigh, including the films Meantime (1983), All or Nothing (2002), Vera Drake (2004) and Mr. Turner (2014), for which she was nominated Supporting Actress of the Year by the London Film Critics' Circle.
Bailey was born in Bushey Hospital, in Bushey, to Rose (née Timberlake) and William Bailey. She grew up in Harrow, Middlesex, and attended Pinner County Grammar School. She was a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has one daughter, the actress Alice Bailey Johnson, and a sister, Eve. Her partner is Mike Leigh.
As well as Leigh's films, Bailey has appeared as Mrs Peach in Debbie Isitt's Nasty Neighbours (2000) and Mary in the Craig Ferguson film I'll Be There (2003). Bailey starred as Mrs Booth in Mr. Turner (2014) and appeared in The Lady in the Van (2015) and Allied (2016).
Bailey's television work includes Inspector Morse, Casualty, The Bill, Holby City, Midsomer Murders, Agatha Christie's Poirot, A Touch of Frost, Dalziel and Pascoe, Big Deal, Boon, The Bretts, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, No More Dying Then, Stay Lucky, Heat of the Sun, Micawber, New Tricks, Monday Monday, Being Human and Case Histories. In 1995, she had a recurring role as Avis in the long-running ITV series Shine on Harvey Moon. She also played leading roles in several popular 1980s TV series, including To Have and to Hold, Jury and Charlie.
In 2000, she played Wendy in Carlton's comedy drama series The Thing About Vince. She has also appeared in many single TV dramas and films including Woyzeck, Way Upstream, Zackharov, Raspberry, Coppers, Derailed and Jane Austen's Persuasion. She played Jill in the BBC Three comedy series The Trials of Jimmy Rose. In July 2018, it was announced that she will succeed Victoria Hamilton as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in seasons 3 and 4 of international Netflix series The Crown.
Bailey has worked extensively in British theatre, including at the Chichester and the Hampstead Theatre, and at the Bristol Old Vic, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, London's West End, the Royal Court, the National Theatre, the Old Vic, the Arts Theatre and the Tricycle Theatre. In 1981 she performed in Mike Leigh's West End theatre play Goosepimples, for which she received a Plays and Players Award nomination as Most Promising Newcomer. In 2007, with the Shared Experience company she received a TMA nomination as Best Supporting Performance for her role in Kindertransport.
Bailey appeared in Mike Leigh's Grief at the National Theatre (2011/12). In 2013 she played "The Monarch" in Handbagged at the Tricycle Theatre and in the production's subsequent West End transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre. She returned to the National Theatre to appear in Carrie Cracknell's productions Blurred Lines (2015) and The Deep Blue Sea (2016).
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