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Lesley Manville Biography

Birth Place:
Brighton, Sussex, England

Fast Facts

  • Trained as a soprano singer from the age of 8, but chose to pursue a career in acting instead
  • Made her professional stage debut in the West End musical I and Albert in 1972
  • Met director Mike Leigh in 1979 and the two have frequently collaborated, beginning with a 1980 episode of BBC2 Playhouse called "Grown-Ups
  • " Part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's original 1985 staging of Les liaisons dangereuses, with Alan Rickman playing Valmont
  • Appeared in The Cherry Orchard at the Aldwych Theatre in London in 1989, opposite Judi Dench and Bernard Hill, and directed by Sam Mendes
  • Played Ouisa in the 2010 revival of Six Degrees of Separation at the Old Vic
  • Was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List, for her services to drama


  • 2019BAFTA Television Awards-Best Female Performance In A Comedy Programme: nominated
  • 2018BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2017BAFTA Television Awards-Best Female Performance In A Comedy Programme: nominated
  • 2017Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2016BAFTA Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2011BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2010European Film Awards-European Actress: nominated
  • 2010London Film Critics Association-Best British Actress: nominated
  • 2010National Board of Review-Best Actress: winner
  • 2010National Society of Film Critics-Best Actress - Runner-up: winner