Lesley Manville

Born Mar 12, 1956

Lesley Manville is an English actress of film, theatre and television. 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 the Mike Leigh films, All or Nothing and Another Year. She is also a BAFTA and Olivier award nominee.… Read More

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1956 Birth Born on March 12, 1956.


1972 16 Years Old 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. … Read More


1979 23 Years Old She met Mike Leigh in 1979, when he was looking for RSC actors who could improvise. … Read More
1983 27 Years Old She also starred in the Top Girls Off-Broadway production in 1983. … Read More


1989 33 Years Old 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. … Read More


2000 44 Years Old 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. … Read More


2009 53 Years Old In 2009, she played Margaret Thatcher in the Channel 4 drama The Queen. … Read More
On 18 January 2011, she received a BAFTA nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category.
2013 57 Years Old 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. … Read More
2015 59 Years Old 1 More Event
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours.
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