Lesley Manville

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Lesley Manville

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Lesley Manville on working with Mike Leigh, the latest season of Mum and more

British actor Lesley Manville is truly a master of her craft. You might know her work with the brilliant director Mike Leigh. She starred in some of his best movies like Secrets & Lies, All or Nothing and Another Year.

She got her start acting on TV back in the '70s. Back then she was a teenager living in England. Then came her career in theater. She's been in plenty of plays with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company.

She's had a long and successful career overseas – and she's finally breaking through in the states. Later this year, she'll be in the follow up to Disney's Maleficent.

In 2017, she portrayed Cyril in Phantom Thread. The film is set in the '50s post-war London where Cyril and her brother Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) are renowned dressmakers. The Woodcocks are at the center of British fashion. They dress movie stars, socialites and royalty with a distinct style. The stunning performance earned her an Oscar nomination.

Her latest starring role is on the BBC show Mum. In it, she plays Cathy, a widow in her 50's living out in the suburbs with her adult son Jason. We see her grow and learn a lot about herself over the course of the series. The show circles around a budding relationship with her long-time best friend Michael. Mum is very grounded, a bit serious – but also really funny.

Lesley joins us to talk about starring in the BBC sitcom Mum, and how she almost had a career as an opera singer. Plus, what it's like working with director Mike Leigh, and how she gets in character employing his unique improvisational style.

It's an incredible challenge to deliver an emotionally honest portraits of ordinary people, but she nails it every time.

The third and final series of episodes of Mum are out now on the BBC streaming service BritBox.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 21: Fashion in Film and Phantom Thread with Drea Clark

Who Shot Ya?
Ricky Carmona
April Wolfe
Alonso Duralde
Drea Clark

Strike a pose, people. We're talking fashion in film and Daniel Day-Lewis' "final" performance in, Phantom Thread. Regular contributor and friend of the show, Drea Clark, joins the crew as they discuss their personal movie fashion icons. One of April's is Woody Harrelson from White Men Can't Jump, obviously. The gang also plays the Sundance game; Alonso names 3 real Sundance movies and 1 fake title and each person guesses which one is the fake. Hint: Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day is actually a real movie. In this episode you can also hear Alonso quote the Diana Ross film Mahogany when he tells everyone to "Flash that baby grand you call a smile!" Check it out now!

In news, The Oscar nominations have been announced, Tom Hardy's rap album is leaked, and Hispanic actors want to protest the Oscars.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Drea - Battle of the Sexes
April - Wendy and Lucy
Alonso - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Ricky - The Last Of The Mohicans

PLUS, we just started two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

With Drea Clark, Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, and Ricky Carmona.

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