Lesley Manville

Highest Rated: 100% High Hopes (1988)
Lowest Rated: 18% Rupture (2017)
Birthday: Mar 12, 1956
Birthplace: Not Available
A member of director Mike Leigh's hardworking repertory cast, British actress Lesley Manville started acting in U.K. television dramas during the early '80s. After her debut feature in 1985 for the crime drama Dance With a Stranger, she found her place in comedy-dramas with Clare Peploe's High Season. The next year, she began her longtime collaboration with Mike Leigh for the comedy High Hopes, followed by Secrets and Lies and Topsy-Turvy. She married actor Gary Oldman and had a son, but the couple divorced soon after they both appeared in the made-for-TV movie The Firm in 1988. She continued to work in British miniseries, TV movies, and short films throughout the '90s, including an appearance as Mrs. Micawber in a TNT version of David Copperfield. Manville finally gained a lead role in Leigh's All or Nothing in 2002, as Penny, a grocery store clerk married to taxi cab driver Phil (frequent Leigh leading man Timothy Spall).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Actor 2019
No Score Yet Maleficent 2 Actor 2019
91% Phantom Thread Actor $1M 2018
18% Rupture Dr. Nyman 2017
43% Spike Island Margaret 2015
97% Mr. Turner Mary Somerville 2014
66% A Five Star Life Kate Sherman 2014
54% Maleficent Flittle $190.9M 2014
21% The Christmas Candle Bea Haddington $2.3M 2013
95% An Adventure in Space and Time Heather Hartnell 2013
24% Romeo and Juliet Nurse $1.2M 2013
No Score Yet Ashes Cath 2012
35% Womb Judith 2012
92% Another Year Mary $3.3M 2010
78% Sparkle Jill 2010
54% Disney's A Christmas Carol Mrs. Cratchit $137.9M 2009
No Score Yet Richard Is My Boyfriend Actor 2007
No Score Yet Perfect Parents Sister Antonia 2006
40% The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael Sarah Carmichael 2005
92% Vera Drake Mrs. Wells $3.7M 2004
82% All or Nothing Penny 2002
No Score Yet Milk Fiona 2001
No Score Yet Plain Jane Actor 2001
89% Topsy-Turvy Lucy Gilbert 1999
No Score Yet Painted Lady Actor 1998
95% Secrets & Lies Social Worker 1997
No Score Yet Top Girls Actor 1991
100% High Hopes Laetitia 1988
No Score Yet The Firm Sue 1988
89% Sammy and Rosie Margy 1987
60% High Season Carol Lamb 1987
90% Dance with a Stranger Maryanne 1985
No Score Yet Grown Ups Mandy 1980


97% Harlots
Lydia Quigley
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
100% Mum
  • 2018
No Score Yet Cranford
Mrs. Rose
  • 2017
  • 2009
100% River
Chrissie Read
  • 2015
57% Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond
Eve Fleming
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Villy Villy Cazalet
  • 2001
No Score Yet North & South
Maria Hale
No Score Yet Timeshift