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Born: March 12, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brighton, East Sussex, GB Profession:

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A versatile character actress and occasional lead in British films and television, Lesley Manville was an important member of Mike Leigh's improvisational acting company, with committed and deeply moving turns in films like "All Or Nothing" (2002), "Vera Drake" (2004)" and "Another Year" (2010). Manville's career began as a teenager on television and the English stage, but after meeting Leigh in 1979, she soon became a regular in his features after 1988's "High Hopes." Though her feature appearances were sporadic - she was found more frequently on television, most notably in "The Firm" (BBC, 1988) with her one-time husband, Gary Oldman, and on stage - her work with Leigh, as well as in other films like "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid" (1987) and "Sparkle" (2009), marked her as an exceptional talent whose true star quality was yet to be fully discovered.

A versatile character actress and occasional lead in British films and television, Lesley Manville was an important member of Mike Leigh's improvisational acting company, with committed and deeply moving turns in films like "All Or Nothing" (2002), "Vera Drake" (2004)" and "Another Year" (2010). Manville's career began as a teenager on television and the English stage, but after meeting Leigh in 1979, she soon became a regular in his features after 1988's "High Hopes." Though her feature appearances were sporadic - she was found more frequently on television, most notably in "The Firm" (BBC, 1988) with her one-time husband, Gary Oldman, and on stage - her work with Leigh, as well as in other films like "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid" (1987) and "Sparkle" (2009), marked her as an exceptional talent whose true star quality was yet to be fully discovered.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Maleficent (2014)
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 Romeo and Juliet (2013)
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 Ashes (2012)
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 Womb (2011)
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 Another Year (2010)
9.
 Sparkle (2007)
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1972:
Made her acting debut in the West End musical "I and Albert" under the direction of John Schlesinger
1974:
Cast as Rosemary Kendall on the British soap opera "Emmerdale Farm"
1977:
Co-starred with Peter Duncan in the BBC children's television serial "King Cinder"
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Performed in plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Warehouse and Royal Court Theatre
1980:
First collaboration with director Mike Leigh, the BBC play "Grown-Ups"
1985:
Made her feature film debut alongside Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett, and Ian Holm in director Mike Newell's "Dance with a Stranger"
1987:
Appeared in Stephen Frears' comedic drama "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid"
1988:
Appeared in the BBC TV-movie "The Firm," starring then-husband Gary Oldman
1988:
Had a small role in Mike Leigh's "High Hopes"
1992:
Was a regular in the British drama series "Soldier Soldier"
1994:
Played Melissa Quigley in the British sitcom "Ain't Misbehavin"
1995:
Had a recurring role in the British drama "Tears Before Bedtime"
1996:
Played a social worker in Leigh's "Secrets & Lies"
1999:
Re-teamed with Mike Leigh to play the wife of English poet and illustrator W. S. Gilbert (played by Jim Broadbent) in "Topsy-Turvy"
2000:
Starred in the TV series version of Joanna Trollope's novel "Other People's Children"
2000:
Portrayed Mrs. Micawber in the TV movie adaptation of Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield"
2001:
Co-starred in the WW II drama series "The Cazalets"
2002:
Co-starred as Timothy Spall's taxi-driver partner in Mike Leigh's "All or Nothing"
2004:
Again collaborated with Leigh for the Oscar-nominated "Vera Drake"
2005:
Played a supporting role in "The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael"
2007:
Co-starred with Stockard Channing and Bob Hoskins in "Sparkle"
2007:
Co-starred with Imelda Staunton and Judi Dench in the British television drama "Cranford"
2010:
Re-teamed with director Mike Leigh and actor Jim Broadbent for "Another Year"
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Education

Italia Conti Stage School: London , England -

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