THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE
LESLEY MANVILLE is known for her work on stage, film and
television. She frequently collaborates with director Mike Leigh, twice being
named British Actress of the Year at
the London Film Critics Circle Awards for her performances in his films, ALL OR
NOTHING and ANOTHER YEAR. She is also BAFTA and Olivier award nominee.
Mike Leigh's most frequent actor collaborator, Lesley has worked with the
director on SECRETS AND LIES, 'HIGH HOPES, 'TOPSY-TURVY', ALL OR NOTHING, 'VERA
DRAKE', the BBC film GROWN-UPS and GRIEF at the National Theatre.
She will next be seen on the big screen in MALEFICENT, MOLLY MOON: THE
INCREDIBLE HYPNOTIST and as the nurse in ROMEO AND JULIET. Her other screen
credits include Robert Zemeckis's 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL, ASHES and SPIKE ISLAND.
On stage she appeared in the original productions of the modern classics TOP
GIRLS, SERIOUS MONEY and 'LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES', as well as the highly
acclaimed revivals of Edward Bond's SAVED and THE POPE'S WEDDING and Chekhov's
THREE SISTERS. In the last few years, Lesley has worked extensively at the
National Theatre appearing in HIS DARK MATERIALS, PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY, THE
ALCHEMIST and 'HER NAKED SKIN and recently at the Old Vic Theatre in ALL ABOUT
MY MOTHER and SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION. Her West End credits include THE CHERRY
ORCHARD and SOME GIRLS.
Her frequent television work includes Alan Clarke's much acclaimed THE FIRM ,
the BAFTA-winning series HOLDING ON , OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN, BODILY HARM, REAl
WOMEN, THE CAZALETS, NORTH AND SOUTH, CRANFORD and most recently MAYDAY. She
will next be seen on television in AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME and Sky
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