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Lesley Manville
Born 12 March 1956 (1956-03-12) (age 53)
Brighton, UK
Spouse(s) Gary Oldman (1988 - 1990)
Joe Dixon (born 1965) Divorced

Lesley Manville (born 12 March 1956) is an English actress.

Manville was born and raised in in Brighton, East Sussex, the daughter of a taxi driver.

She began acting as a teenager, appearing in television series such as the soap opera Emmerdale Farm(1974-1976) and King Cinder.

At the end of the seventies she built a career as a distinct actress of theatre, appearing in new plays at the RSC'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. She met Gary Oldman while working at the Court.

She is perhaps best known for her acting collaborations with Mike Leigh, which began in 1980 with the BBC play Grown-Ups. She subsequently appeared in the films High Hopes, Secrets & Lies, Topsy Turvy and All or Nothing.

Other film appearances include: Dance with a Stranger, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, High Season and The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael.

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, and Cranford. For her role as Nadine in the series Other People's Children, Manville received a nomination for Best Actress in the 2001 Royal Television Society Awards.

Film & Television

Role Film Year
Jill Sparkle 2007
Mother Richard Is My Boyfriend 2007
Sarah Carmichael The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael 2005
Mrs. Wells Vera Drake 2004
Penny All or Nothing 2002
Lucy Gilbert Topsy Turvy 1999
Social Worker Secrets and Lies 1996
Laetitia Boothe-Brain High Hopes 1988
Carol High Season 1987
Margy Sammy and Rosie Get Laid 1987
Maryanne Dance with a Stranger 1985
Role Television Feature or Series Year
Margaret Thatcher The Queen 2009
Phyllis Gladstone Law and Order: UK 2009
Mrs. Rose Cranford 2007
Sister Antonia Perfect Parents 2006
Mrs. Lorrimer Poirot: Cards On The Table 2005
Maria Hale North & South 2004
Professor Diane Marquis Rose and Maloney Episode #1.2 2004
Capt. Annie Sullivan Promoted to Glory 2003
Dora Bruce Plain Jane 2002
Mandy Greenfield Bodily Harm 2002
Villy Cazalet The Cazalets 2001
Mrs. Micawber David Copperfield 2000
Yvonne Black Cab Episode: Lost & Found 2000
Nadine Other People's Children 2000
Fiona Milk 1999
Karen Turner Real Women II 1999
Mrs. Allen Toy Boys 1999
Suzy Franklin Silent Witness – Fallen Idol 1998
Karen Turner Real Women 1998
Susie Peel Painted Lady 1997
Hilary Holding On 1997
Lucy Cartwright Kavanagh QC – True Commitment 1996
Ellie Shannon The Bite 1996
Beattie Freeman Tears Before Bedtime 1995
Melissa Quigley Aint’t Misbehavin 1994
Judith Silver Little Napoleons 1994
Bessie Parkes A Skirt Through History 1994
Rosalind Killin Goggle-Eyes 1993
Margot The Mushroom Picker 1993
 ? When The Lies Run Out 1993
Fortune Soldier Soldier 1997
? Bad Girl 1992
Sue The Firm (1988 film) 1988
Karen Tait Bullman The Name of the Game 1985
Vivienne Play for Today – Dog Ends 1984
Liz Objects of Affection – Our Winnie 1982
Jill Mason Coronation Street 1982
Mandy BBC2 Playhouse – Grown-Ups 1980
Shirley Davies The Gentle Touch – Hammer 1980
Francoise Wings– Dawn Attack 1978
Nikki King Cinder 1977
Helen Wyatt A Bunch of Fives 1977
Janice The Emigrants 1976
Christine West Barlow at Large – Protection 1975
Rosemary Kendall Emmerdale Farm 1974-6
Janet Pop Goes The Weasel 1974


Role Play Theatre Year
Celia Cain Her Naked Skin National Theatre


Manuela All About My Mother The Old Vic


Dol Common The Alchemist National Theatre


? Pillars of the Community National Theatre (Lyttelton)


Mrs. Coulter His Dark Materials National Theatre


? Some Girls ?


Miss Julie Miss Julie Greenwich Theatre


Natasha The Three Sisters (Adrian Noble) Royal Court


Varya The Cherry Orchard (Sam Mendes) Aldwych


Sandra American Bagpipes (Lindsay Posner) Royal Court


Scilla Serious Money (Max Stafford-Clark) Royal Court


Cécile Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Howard Davies) Pit


? High Season (Clare Peploe) ?


Phebe As You Like It (Adrian Noble) RST


Dolores The Dead Monkey (Roger Mitchell) Royal Shakespeare Company


Polya Gorky’s Philistines TOP


Liz Bond’s Saved (Danny Boyle) Royal Court


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


? Falkland Sound Royal Court


Marlene Top Girls (Caryl Churchill) Royal Court


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


? Borderline (Max Stafford-Clark) Royal Court


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


Jen Fear Of The Dark (Walter Donohue) Royal Shakespeare Company


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


Ali Savage Amusement (John Caird)) RSC - Warehouse


Isabel Trust Us (Walter Donohue) RSC - Warehouse


Lucy Lucy (Mark Dornford-May) RSC - Warehouse


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


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