Lesley Manville

Lesley Manville

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1956-03-12 (65 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Brighton, England, UK

55 Movies · 33 TV shows

Also Known As: Lesley Ann Manville

Biography

Lesley Ann Manville (born 12 March 1956) is an English actress. She is known for her frequent collaborations with director Mike Leigh, with her winning the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year for the films All or Nothing (2002) and Another Year (2010), and the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress for the latter. For her performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's period drama Phantom Thread (2017), she won the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actress of the Year and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.Making her film debut in Dance with a Stranger (1985), her other films include High Season (1987), A Christmas Carol (2009), Maleficent (2014) and its 2019 sequel, and Misbehaviour (2020). Her television roles include Emmerdale Farm (1974–1976), Ain't Misbehavin' (1994), Perfect Parents (2006), Mayday (2013), Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond (2014), and Save Me (2020). She is also a five-time British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominee for Another Year, Mum, River and Phantom Thread.Manville's extensive stage career includes roles in I and Albert (1972), Chorus Girls (1981), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1986), The Alchemist (2006), and The Visit (2020). Nominated for an Olivier Award for Leigh's 2011 play Grief and Richard Eyre's 2018 revival of Long Day's Journey into Night, she won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Helene Alving in the 2013 revival of Ghosts.In July 2020, it was announced that Manville will portray Princess Margaret in seasons five and six of the Netflix series The Crown.

Personal Life

Manville's first boyfriend was actor Peter Duncan whom she met at stage school while attending Italia Conti.Her first husband was actor Gary Oldman. The pair split in 1989, three months after their son, Alfie (born 1988), was born, Her second marriage was to Joe Dixon.In 2007, Manville was living with her son in East Grinstead, West Sussex.In 2020, she delivered a monologue for the Equity Benevolent Fund to support fellow actors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early Life

Manville was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the daughter of Jean, a former ballet dancer, and Ron Manville, a taxi driver. She was brought up in nearby Hove, one of three daughters. Training as a soprano singer from age 8, she was twice under-18 champion of Sussex. She began acting as a teenager, appearing in television series such as King Cinder. At age 15, she gained a place at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Movies & TV shows

2022.

1 Movie
Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

2022
A new adaptation of Paul Gallico's novel about a cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls in love with an haute couture dress by Christian Dior and decides to gamble everything for the sake of this fol...

2020.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Alan Bennett's Talking Heads

Alan Bennett's Talking Heads

2020
Alan Bennett's Talking Heads are celebrated as Alan Bennett's masterpieces. A new generation of Britain's finest actors star in 10 of Bennett's classic scripts, alongside two brand new Talking Heads b...
TV
Love Life

Love Life

6
2020
A romantic comedy anthology series which follows a different character each season on the journey from first love to last love, with each half-hour episode documenting one of their relationships.
Let Him Go

Let Him Go

2020
A retired sheriff and his wife leave their Montana ranch to save their grandson from a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas.
Misbehaviour

Misbehaviour

6
2020
A group of women involved in the Women's Liberation Movement hatched a plan to invade the stage and disrupt the live broadcast at the 1970 Miss World competition in London, resulting in overnight fame...

2019.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
World on Fire

World on Fire

2019
The story of World War II told through the fates of ordinary people from all sides of the conflict as they grapple with the effects of the war on their everyday lives.
TV
I Am...

I Am...

8
2019
Each hour-long film follows a different woman as they experience emotional and thought provoking moments.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

6.32
2019
Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by upcoming nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces a...
Ordinary Love

Ordinary Love

6.46
2019
An extraordinary look at the lives of a middle-aged couple in the midst of the wife's breast cancer diagnosis.

2018.

2 Movies
To Provide All People

To Provide All People

2018
To mark the 70th anniversary of the birth of the National Health Service, renowned poet Owen Sheers takes us on a journey that weaves the extraordinary story of the birth of Nye Bevan's vision of free...
LOVE

LOVE

2018
In the communal area of a block of temporary accommodation, the residents go about their day-to-day routines in the run-up to Christmas. The bonds of love that keep people together are put to the test...

2017.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Hampstead

Hampstead

2017
Emily Walters is an American widow living in the idyllic Hampstead Village of London. Donald has lived in a ramshackle hut near the edge of the forest for 17 years. Donald's property becomes Emily's p...
Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread

5.77
2017
Renowned British dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock comes across a young, strong- willed woman who becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.
TV
Harlots

Harlots

5.33
2017
Margaret Wells struggled to raise her daughters in London during the 18th century.
A Very British Brothel 2

A Very British Brothel 2

2017
The film returns to the City Sauna. A massage parlour run by a mother and daughter team is looking to expand.

2016.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Crown

The Crown

6.71
2016
The inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the sec...
Rupture

Rupture

2016
A single mom is trying to escape from a group that is abducting her.
TV
Mum

Mum

2016
A comedy about a mother. She rebuilds her life after the death of her husband as we follow her and her family through a year of new beginnings. Michael is with her. She rebuilds her life after a year ...

2015.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
A Very British Brothel

A Very British Brothel

2015
There is a look at the daily life of a brothel.
Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

2015
An orphan who practices hypnotism faces off against a bank Robber who wants her book on the art form.
The Go-Between

The Go-Between

7
2015
An old man has a diary from 1900 that he wrote when he was 13 years old.
TV
River

River

6
2015
John River, a gifted cop with a troubled mind, struggles to come to terms with the recent loss of a colleague, and chases a suspect across London, with tragic consequences. The mother of a murdered te...

2014.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
The One and Only Mike Leigh

The One and Only Mike Leigh

2014
In a revealing documentary, Mike Leigh, director of Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake and Abigail's Party among many others, talks to Alan Yentob about a unique body of work and a lifelong struggle to make f...
Maleficent

Maleficent

6.75
2014
A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent, has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. As she rises to b...
TV
Fleming

Fleming

6
2014
Ian Fleming is a mischievous playboy who is untroubled by the specter of impending war as he chases women, collecting rare books and living off of his family fortune. Fleming wants to be the ultimate ...
Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

4.67
2014
J.M.W was eccentric. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful maid bears an unrequited love for him.
Ghosts

Ghosts

2014
In Richard Eyre's award-winning revival of Ibsen's poignant tragedy, Lesley Manville gave a career best performance. Lesley Manville leads a contented life. She is about to open an orphanage on the ev...

2013.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
The Christmas Candle

The Christmas Candle

2013
The village of Gladbury is located in the heart of the English countryside. The village candlemaker is said to have an angel visit every 25 years. The person lighting the candle gets a miracle on Chri...
A Five Star Life

A Five Star Life

2013
Single and middle-aged, beautiful Irene (Margarita Buy) is wholly devoted to her job as an inspector of luxury hotels. Constantly on the road, she indulges in expensive pleasures at impeccable resorts...
Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

2013
There is bad blood between families. Juliet, the daughter of the Capulets, is invited to a masked ball by her father despite the hostility. The two were shocked to learn that their families were enemi...
TV
Mayday

Mayday

5.67
2013
In a small town that is steeped in pagan traditions, the crowning of the May Queen is the highlight of the day.
An Adventure in Space and Time

An Adventure in Space and Time

2013
We traveled back in time to see how Doctor Who came to be. There were a lot of hard-man roles that William Hartnell was trapped in. There is a glass ceiling in the TV industry. The Saturday tea-time d...

2012.

2 Movies
Ashes

Ashes

2012
Jamie decided to break Frank out of the hospital in order to return him to his family. As they travel across the country, Frank and Jamie are at odds.
Spike Island

Spike Island

2012
Teenage musicians travel to England's Spike Island in order to attend an outdoor performance by their favorite band, the Stone Roses.

2010.

3 Movies
Another Year

Another Year

6
2010
A couple approaching retirement are visited by unhappy people.
Womb

Womb

2010
A woman is forced to bear a clone of her dead husband. She faced the unavoidable complexity of her controversial decision from his infancy to manhood.
14 Actors Acting

14 Actors Acting

2010
This year's great performers striking some of the classic attitudes of cinema.

2009.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Law & Order UK

Law & Order UK

8
2009
Adapted from the hit US series, Law & Order: UK follows a team of police detectives and prosecutors representing the public interest in the criminal justice system.
TV
The Queen

The Queen

2009
The Queen was a British drama-documentary about Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen was portrayed by a different actress in each episode. The Queen was portrayed by many people. Princess Margaret and Margar...
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

6.23
2009
On Christmas Eve, Miser Scrooge is awakened by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits hi...

2007.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Sparkle

Sparkle

2007
Sam has an affair with a PR boss after moving to London with his mother. He falls for her daughter as well.
TV
Cranford

Cranford

6.25
2007
A comedy about a small town on the verge of change in the 1840s. The novels were written by Elizabeth Gaskell.

2006.

1 Movie
Perfect Parents

Perfect Parents

2006
After a violent incident in Lucy's public school, her atheist parents Stuart and Alison decide to find her a safe 'traditional' school. The only one they can afford is St. Mary of the Veil, run by nun...

2005.

1 Movie
The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael

The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael

2005
Three teenage boys are drawn into a world of temptation and violence in a small English coastal town. Bored, troubled and excluded boys are unable to accept moral boundaries. Their actions move inexor...

2004.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
North & South

North & South

6.56
2004
Margaret Hale lives in the north. Thornton John's strength of purpose and passion were a match for her own pride and willfulness, and she underestimated him in the shock of her move. Margaret is close...
Vera Drake

Vera Drake

6.75
2004
Vera Drake's beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain, which leads to tragedy for her family.

2003.

1 Movie
Promoted to Glory

Promoted to Glory

2003
An alcoholic falls in love with a Salvation Army captain.

2002.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Plain Jane

Plain Jane

2002
There is a love triangle involving a father, his son and their maid.
TV
Rose and Maloney

Rose and Maloney

2002
Rose and Maloney is a British television crime drama starring Sarah Lancashire and Phil Davis as Rose Linden and Maloney, two investigators working for the fictional Criminal Justice Review Agency. Th...
All or Nothing

All or Nothing

2002
Phil is a taxi-driver andPenny works at a supermarket. Their joyless lives are being led by their two children, Rachel, a cleaner, andRory, who is unemployed and aggressive.

2001.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
David Copperfield

David Copperfield

2001
After the death of his father and a second wedding of his mother, David Copperfield suffers from his tyrannical stepfather. Murdstone was a person. The mother dies after the death of another child. Mu...
TV
The Cazalets

The Cazalets

2001
The life of a large privileged family in the years to 1937 to 1947 is the subject of The Cazalets. The drama was based on the novels of Elizabeth Jane Howard, and was adapted by the screenwriter Dougl...

2000.

1 TV show
TV
Other People's Children

Other People's Children

2000
Other People's Children is a 2000 British television drama that was adapted from a 1998 novel. The story of how three women and two men deal with new marriages and the consequences of the new spouses ...

1999.

3 Movies
Toy Boys

Toy Boys

1999
Middle-class parents have to make difficult decisions if they want their sons to attend the right school.
Topsy-Turvy

Topsy-Turvy

1999
The relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained after their production of "Princess Ida" received less-than-stunning reviews. Their friends and associates attempt to get the two to work toge...
Milk

Milk

1999
Adrian has been running his dairy farm all his life. When Lucy dies of a heart attack, a group of family members show up at the farm to argue over the execution of Ruth's will. Ruth's valuable Modigli...

1997.

2 TV shows
TV
Holding On

Holding On

1997
A bulimic restaurant critic and a highly strung tax inspector interact in modern-day London.
TV
Painted Lady

Painted Lady

1997
Helen Mirren starred in a mini series about art theft. It was directed by Julian Jarrold and starred Franco Nero and Iain Glen. PBS and Granada Television collaborated on the series. The Masterpiece T...

1996.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Bite

The Bite

1996
An Australian adventurer moves to Asia with his new wife in a mini series. The series was a departure of pace for Hugo Weaving, the star.
TV
Silent Witness

Silent Witness

5.5
1996
Silent Witness focuses on a team of forensic pathology experts and their investigations into various crimes.
Secrets & Lies

Secrets & Lies

6.67
1996
Hortense, a successful and well-adjusted Black optometrist who was adopted at birth, is looking for her biological mother. Cynthia is an unhappy white factory worker who has a difficult relationship w...

1995.

1 TV show
TV
Kavanagh QC

Kavanagh QC

1995
A British television series was made between 1995 and 2001 by Central Television. The series starred John Thaw as a barrister who comes from a working-class background. This was only discovered in lat...

1994.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Little Napoleons

Little Napoleons

1994
Labour councillor Judith Silver invites N.K. Edwards and Vijay Shah to stand for election to the local council. Who will win the seat? And will Tory councillor Edward Feathers have the last laugh?
TV
Ain't Misbehavin'

Ain't Misbehavin'

1994
Clive and Sonia join forces to save their marriages when they discover that their partners are having an affair.
O Mary This London

O Mary This London

1994
Three young Dubliners go to London in search of fun, fortune and, in the case of 17-year-old Mary Kelly, an abortion. Homeless and jobless, their adventures quickly turn sour.

1993.

1 TV show
TV
Goggle Eyes

Goggle Eyes

1993
An adaptation of Anne Fine's 1989 children's novel about a one-parent family.

1991.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Performance

Performance

1991
An anthology series of various plays and dramatic performances.
Top Girls

Top Girls

1991
Marlene celebrated her new position as MD of Top Girls Appointment Agency by having a dinner party for five women from centuries past.

1989.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Firm

The Firm

1989
This is the story of rival "Firms" of football supporters, and how one man has a wish to team them up for the European Championships in 1988. The opposing leaders don't like it when this is discussed,...
TV
Agatha Christie's Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot

6.24
1989
From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first clas...

1988.

1 Movie
High Hopes

High Hopes

1988
There's a sweet working-class couple in London, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, her ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and Cyril's pretentious sister and philandering husban...

1987.

2 Movies
High Season

High Season

1987
An English photographer and her daughter live on the isle of Rhodes. A young local wants to encourage tourism, so he commissions a sculpture of the Unknown Tourist for the town square; the sculptor he...
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid

1987
Sammy and Rosie are a married couple. Sammy's father, Rafi, a former Indian government minister, will be in London for a visit. Sammy, Rosie, and Rafi are trying to find meaning in their lives.

1985.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Moon Over Soho

The Moon Over Soho

1985
A publisher of arts magazines is trying to cope with financial problems as well as his German mother.
TV
Bulman

Bulman

1985
Bulman is a Granada TV series which ran from 1985–1987 and followed the fortunes of the major character from the earlier XYY Man and Strangers series. Bulman was based - increasingly loosely - on the...
Dance with a Stranger

Dance with a Stranger

6
1985
Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

1984.

1 Movie
Dog Ends

Dog Ends

1984
A middle-aged man is feeling the strain of looking after his elderly grandfather, who needs a lot of medical treatment. A neighbour suggests a painless way to get rid of him, but it should still be vo...

1982.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Objects of Affection

Objects of Affection

1982
Alan Bennett wrote a series of plays.
Mike Leigh: Making Plays

Mike Leigh: Making Plays

1982
MikeLeigh talks about the techniques used to create his plays.

1980.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Grown-Ups

Grown-Ups

1980
Dick andMandy, a young working class couple, move into a council house. A former teacher is living next door. Gloria will not suggest that the couple would prefer to be left alone.
TV
The Gentle Touch

The Gentle Touch

1980
The Gentle Touch was a British police drama television series that ran from 1980 to 1984. The series is notable for being the first British series to feature a female police detective as its leading c...

1977.

1 Movie
The Fetch

The Fetch

1977
Dijon was in the time of Napoleon. She lost 18 jobs in 16 years because of a mysterious handicap. She had to face the cause of her misfortunes after spending a year at a school in Latvia.

1971.

1 TV show
TV
Barlow

Barlow

1971
Barlow at Large is a British television programme broadcast in the 1970s, starring Stratford Johns in the title role. Johns had previously played Barlow in the Z-Cars, Softly, Softly and Softly, Soft...

1970.

1 TV show
TV
Play for Today

Play for Today

1970
Play for Today was a British anthology drama series that aired on the BBC from 1970 to 1984. More than three hundred programmes, featuring original television plays, and adaptations of stage plays and...

Unknown Year.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

An editor is given an unfinished manuscript that will change her life.
A Statement of Affairs

A Statement of Affairs

A group of six friends, who have known each other since childhood, find their friendship tested when one of their numbers is found dead, leading to the question - were they murdered or did they commit...
Screenplay: Bad Girl

Screenplay: Bad Girl

A young mother needs to convince the authorities that she is a good parent.
The Agency

The Agency

Adapted from a short story by Sarah Hall. The Agency is a modern and stylish take on middle class female empowerment. Anthea, an older woman who introduces a select and seductive inner circle of women...
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