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Writer-director MIKE LEIGH was born in 1943 in Salford, Lancashire. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Camberwell and Central Art Schools in London, and at the London Film School.

His first feature film was Bleak Moments (1971); this was followed by the full-length television films, Hard Labour (1973), Nuts in May (1975), The Kiss of Death (1976), Who's Who (1978), Grown-Ups (1980), Home Sweet Home (1982), Meantime (1983), and Four Days In July (1984).

Other feature films are High Hopes (1988), Life Is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993), Secrets and Lies (1996), Career Girls (1997), Topsy-Turvy (1999), All Or Nothing (2002), Vera Drake (2004), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). He has written and directed over twenty stage plays, including "Babies Grow Old” (1974), "Abigail's Party” (1977), "Ecstasy” (1979), "Goose-Pimples” (1981), "Smelling A Rat” (1988) and "Two Thousand Years” (2005) for the National Theatre, where he will create a new play in 2011.


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