Mike Leigh(1943-), Dramatist; theatre, television and film director
Sitter in 6 portraits
Writer and film director; initially working for the theatre, one of Leigh's early stage plays became his first feature film, Bleak Moments (1971). His play Abigail's Party (1977) was filmed for television and became one of Leigh's most celebrated comedic works. Other films include High Hopes (1988), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Another Year (2010), Mr Turner (2104) and Peterloo (2018). He has been nominated for an Oscar seven times.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
by Mary McCartney
C-type colour print, December 2002
- Alison Steadman (wife)
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