Lesley Manville

Lesley Manville was born on March 12, 1956 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She is a multi award-winning actress of theatre, film, and television, and has worked extensively with director Mike Leigh. She is known for Another Year (2010), All or Nothing (2002), Topsy-Turvy (1999), and Secrets & Lies (1996), and her performance in Phantom Thread (2017), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also had a supporting role in Maleficent (2014). Manville's extensive stage career includes roles in As You Like It, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Alchemist. Her film debut was in Dance with a Stranger (1985).

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A Christmas Carol (2009)

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Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve 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 him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Zemeckis
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Jim Carrey  •  Steve Valentine  •  Daryl Sabara

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve 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 him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Zemeckis
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Jim Carrey  •  Steve Valentine  •  Daryl Sabara

Dance with a Stranger (1985)

Based on the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, Mike Newell's Dance With a Stranger (1985) concentrates on Ellis's (Richardson) short-lived relationship with motor-racing driver David Blakely (Rupert Everett).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Newell
CAST:  Miranda Richardson  •  Rupert Everett  •  Ian Holm  •  Stratford Johns

Based on the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, Mike Newell's Dance With a Stranger (1985) concentrates on Ellis's (Richardson) short-lived relationship with motor-racing driver David Blakely (Rupert Everett).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Newell
CAST:  Miranda Richardson  •  Rupert Everett  •  Ian Holm  •  Stratford Johns

High Hopes (1989)

Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and Cyril's pretentious sister and philandering husband. Shirley wants a baby, but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Phil Davis  •  Ruth Sheen  •  Edna Doré  •  Philip Jackson

Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and Cyril's pretentious sister and philandering husband. Shirley wants a baby, but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Phil Davis  •  Ruth Sheen  •  Edna Doré  •  Philip Jackson

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)

Sammy and Rosie are an unconventional middle-class London married couple. They live in the midst of inner-city chaos, surround themselves with intellectual street people, and sleep with everybody - except each other! Things become interesting when Sammy's father, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Shashi Kapoor  •  Ayub Khan-Din  •  Frances Barber  •  Claire Bloom

Sammy and Rosie are an unconventional middle-class London married couple. They live in the midst of inner-city chaos, surround themselves with intellectual street people, and sleep with everybody - except each other! Things become interesting when Sammy's father, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Shashi Kapoor  •  Ayub Khan-Din  •  Frances Barber  •  Claire Bloom

Secrets & Lies (1996)

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With both her adoptive parents now dead, a black optometrist decides to make contact with her birth mother, but is shocked to find out that she is white.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Timothy Spall  •  Phyllis Logan  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Claire Rushbrook

With both her adoptive parents now dead, a black optometrist decides to make contact with her birth mother, but is shocked to find out that she is white.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Timothy Spall  •  Phyllis Logan  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Claire Rushbrook

Topsy-Turvy (1999)

After their production "Princess Ida" meets with less-than-stunning reviews, the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained to breaking. Their friends and associates attempt to get the two to work together again, which opens the way to "The Mikado," one ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Allan Corduner  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Timothy Spall  •  Dexter Fletcher

After their production "Princess Ida" meets with less-than-stunning reviews, the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained to breaking. Their friends and associates attempt to get the two to work together again, which opens the way to "The Mikado," one ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Allan Corduner  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Timothy Spall  •  Dexter Fletcher

Vera Drake (2004)

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Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain – a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Imelda Staunton  •  Sally Hawkins  •  Phil Davis  •  Richard Graham

Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain – a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Imelda Staunton  •  Sally Hawkins  •  Phil Davis  •  Richard Graham

The Firm (1989)

A seemingly respectable estate agent leads a double life as the head of a vicious, well-organised gang of football hooligans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Lesley Manville  •  Phil Davis  •  Andrew Wilde

A seemingly respectable estate agent leads a double life as the head of a vicious, well-organised gang of football hooligans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Lesley Manville  •  Phil Davis  •  Andrew Wilde

Another Year (2010)

During a year, a very content couple approaching retirement are visited by friends and family less happy with their lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Jim Broadbent  •  Lesley Manville  •  Ruth Sheen  •  Oliver Maltman

During a year, a very content couple approaching retirement are visited by friends and family less happy with their lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Jim Broadbent  •  Lesley Manville  •  Ruth Sheen  •  Oliver Maltman

Promoted to Glory (2003)

An alcoholic falls in love with a Salvation Army captain who is trying to help him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Spence
CAST:  Ken Stott  •  Lesley Manville  •  Kevin Whately  •  Adrian Scarborough

An alcoholic falls in love with a Salvation Army captain who is trying to help him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Spence
CAST:  Ken Stott  •  Lesley Manville  •  Kevin Whately  •  Adrian Scarborough

The Christmas Candle (2013)

Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Stephenson
CAST:  Hans Matheson  •  Samantha Barks  •  Lesley Manville  •  Sylvester McCoy

Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Stephenson
CAST:  Hans Matheson  •  Samantha Barks  •  Lesley Manville  •  Sylvester McCoy

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2015)

An orphan who practices hypnosis faces off against a bank robber who wants her book on the art form.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher N. Rowley
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Dominic Monaghan  •  Raffey Cassidy  •  Joan Collins

An orphan who practices hypnosis faces off against a bank robber who wants her book on the art form.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher N. Rowley
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Dominic Monaghan  •  Raffey Cassidy  •  Joan Collins

A Five Star Life (2013)

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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, but always incognito and alone, soon escaping to the next ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maria Sole Tognazzi
CAST:  Margherita Buy  •  Stefano Accorsi  •  Fabrizia Sacchi  •  Gianmarco Tognazzi

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, but always incognito and alone, soon escaping to the next ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maria Sole Tognazzi
CAST:  Margherita Buy  •  Stefano Accorsi  •  Fabrizia Sacchi  •  Gianmarco Tognazzi

Spike Island (2012)

Teenage musicians travel to England's Spike Island in the hope of attending an outdoor performance by their favorite band, the Stone Roses.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mat Whitecross
CAST:  Nico Mirallegro  •  Elliott Tittensor  •  Matthew McNulty  •  Lesley Manville

Teenage musicians travel to England's Spike Island in the hope of attending an outdoor performance by their favorite band, the Stone Roses.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mat Whitecross
CAST:  Nico Mirallegro  •  Elliott Tittensor  •  Matthew McNulty  •  Lesley Manville

An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)

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This docudrama travels back in time to 1963 to see how Doctor Who was first brought to the screen. Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry's glass ceiling. Both of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry McDonough
CAST:  Brian Cox  •  David Bradley  •  Jessica Raine  •  Reece Shearsmith

This docudrama travels back in time to 1963 to see how Doctor Who was first brought to the screen. Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry's glass ceiling. Both of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry McDonough
CAST:  Brian Cox  •  David Bradley  •  Jessica Raine  •  Reece Shearsmith

Maleficent (2014)

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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. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Stromberg
CAST:  Angelina Jolie  •  Elle Fanning  •  Juno Temple  •  Sharlto Copley

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. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Stromberg
CAST:  Angelina Jolie  •  Elle Fanning  •  Juno Temple  •  Sharlto Copley

Ashes (2012)

One-time hard man Frank Barron is barely recognisable now he’s been afflicted with Alzheimer's, but when his estranged son Jamie visits him in hospital he realises the extra stress Frank is put under and decides to break him out in the hope of returning him to his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mat Whitecross
CAST:  Jim Sturgess  •  Ray Winstone  •  Lesley Manville  •  Luke Evans

One-time hard man Frank Barron is barely recognisable now he’s been afflicted with Alzheimer's, but when his estranged son Jamie visits him in hospital he realises the extra stress Frank is put under and decides to break him out in the hope of returning him to his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mat Whitecross
CAST:  Jim Sturgess  •  Ray Winstone  •  Lesley Manville  •  Luke Evans

Romeo & Juliet (2013)

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In Verona, bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families leads to much bitterness. Despite the hostility, Romeo Montague manages an invitation to a masked ball at the estate of the Capulets and meets Juliet, their daughter. The two are instantly smitten but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carlo Carlei
CAST:  Douglas Booth  •  Hailee Steinfeld  •  Christian Cooke  •  Damian Lewis

In Verona, bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families leads to much bitterness. Despite the hostility, Romeo Montague manages an invitation to a masked ball at the estate of the Capulets and meets Juliet, their daughter. The two are instantly smitten but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carlo Carlei
CAST:  Douglas Booth  •  Hailee Steinfeld  •  Christian Cooke  •  Damian Lewis

Milk (1999)

Forty-five-year-old Adrian has been living with his mother Lucy and running their Wiltshire dairy farm all his adult life. When Lucy unexpectedly dies of a heart attack, a rogue's gallery of family members show up at the farm to argue over the execution of Ruth's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Brookfield
CAST:  James Fleet  •  Phyllida Law  •  Lesley Manville  •  Dawn French

Forty-five-year-old Adrian has been living with his mother Lucy and running their Wiltshire dairy farm all his adult life. When Lucy unexpectedly dies of a heart attack, a rogue's gallery of family members show up at the farm to argue over the execution of Ruth's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Brookfield
CAST:  James Fleet  •  Phyllida Law  •  Lesley Manville  •  Dawn French

Sparkle (2007)

Liverpool chancer Sam moves to London with his aspiring chanteuse mum and begins an affair with a PR boss. But problems arise when he falls for her estranged daughter, too.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Hunter  •  Tom Hunsinger
CAST:  Stockard Channing  •  Shaun Evans  •  Anthony Stewart Head  •  Bob Hoskins

Liverpool chancer Sam moves to London with his aspiring chanteuse mum and begins an affair with a PR boss. But problems arise when he falls for her estranged daughter, too.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Hunter  •  Tom Hunsinger
CAST:  Stockard Channing  •  Shaun Evans  •  Anthony Stewart Head  •  Bob Hoskins
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