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      Mike Leigh

      Mike Leigh

      Highest Rated: 97% Mr. Turner (2014)

      Lowest Rated: 67% Peterloo (2018)

      Birthday: Feb 20, 1943

      Birthplace: Salford, England, UK

      Noted for his film style in which the commonplace was often tinged with the extraordinary, filmmaker Mike Leigh's process involved improvisational workshops and rehearsals with his actors, often done weeks before a single frame was even shot. The British writer-director worked on stage and in television projects before making a name for himself with critically-lauded films such as "Naked" (1993), "Life is Sweet" (1991), and "Secrets and Lies" (1996). With his highly personal projects, Leigh depicted the uneventful lives of ordinary people, yet presented them with plot twists, deep character development, and intricate humanism. His 2008 film "Happy-Go-Lucky," the story of a North London schoolteacher, continued the director's love of capturing everyday life and presenting it as "heightened realism," as he described it. With numerous awards and nominations for his impressive body of work, Leigh cemented his reputation as one of the most celebrated British directors of all time.

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      HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, (aka HAPPY GO LUCKY), director Mike Leigh, on set, 2008. ©Miramax VERA DRAKE, director Mike Leigh on set, 2004, (c) Fine Line HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, (aka HAPPY GO LUCKY), director Mike Leigh, 2008. ©Miramax HIGH HOPES, Heather Tobias, Philip Davis, Edna Dore, Ruth Sheen, director Mike Leigh, David Bamber, Leslie Manville on set, 1988, (c) Skouras Pictures TOPSY-TURVY, Mike Leigh directs Timothy Spall and Louise Gold, 1999. PETERLOO, DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH (WEARING LIGHT JACKET AT RIGHT), ON SET, 2018. PH: SIMON MEIN/© AMAZON STUDIOS PETERLOO, DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH, ON SET, 2018. PH: SIMON MEIN/© AMAZON STUDIOS ANOTHER YEAR, director Mike Leigh, on set, 2010. ©Sony Classics HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, (aka HAPPY GO LUCKY), from left: Sally Hawkins, director Mike Leigh, on set, 2008. ©Miramax PETERLOO, DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH (WITH HANDS UP AT RIGHT), ON SET, 2018. PH: SIMON MEIN/© AMAZON STUDIOS VERA DRAKE, director Mike Leigh on set, 2004, (c) Fine Line HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, (aka HAPPY GO LUCKY), director Mike Leigh (right), on set, 2008. ©Miramax VERA DRAKE, Mike Leigh (right), 2004, (c) Fine Line 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards, Mike Leigh, 11/02/2014, ©BBCAMERICA 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards, Mike Leigh, 11/02/2014, ©BBCAMERICA Mike Leigh at arrivals for 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards Presented by BBC America and United Airlines, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA October 30, 2014. Photo By: Xavier Collin/Everett Collection Mike Leigh at arrivals for 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards Presented by BBC America and United Airlines, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA October 30, 2014. Photo By: Xavier Collin/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      67% 42% Peterloo Director,
      Screenwriter
      $116.7K 2018
      97% 56% Mr. Turner Director,
      Screenwriter
      $4.2M 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What Is Cinema? Unknown (Character) - 2013
      92% 74% Another Year Director,
      Screenwriter
      $3.2M 2010
      93% 67% Happy-Go-Lucky Director,
      Writer
      $3.5M 2008
      93% 84% Vera Drake Director,
      Writer
      $3.8M 2004
      82% 81% All or Nothing Director $112.9K 2002
      90% 79% Topsy-Turvy Director,
      Writer
      $6.2M 1999
      No Score Yet 60% Welcome to Hollywood Self - 1998
      88% 78% Career Girls Director,
      Writer
      $2.5M 1997
      96% 91% Secrets & Lies Director,
      Writer
      $13.4M 1996
      88% 91% Naked Director,
      Screenwriter
      $1.7M 1993
      93% 87% Life Is Sweet Director,
      Writer
      - 1991
      92% 85% High Hopes Director $28.0K 1988
      No Score Yet 67% The Short & Curlies Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grown Ups Director - 1985
      No Score Yet 88% Four Days in July Director - 1984
      80% 80% Meantime Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home Sweet Home Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1982
      No Score Yet 74% Grown-Ups Director - 1980
      No Score Yet 82% Play for Today (Abigail's Party) Director - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nuts in May Director,
      Writer
      - 1976
      No Score Yet 68% Hard Labour Director - 1973
      No Score Yet 70% Bleak Moments Director - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Play for Today Director,
      Writer
      1977