Mike Leigh

Born: 20 February 1943, Welwyn, Herts.

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Highlighted works

  • Life is Sweet

    Life is Sweet

    The urge to remain individual within a family, and the relationship between the personal and the entrepreneurial, are among the themes that inform Mike Leigh’s touching comedy.

  • Secrets & Lies

    Secrets & Lies

    The downtrodden life of a working-class, middle-aged single mother is transformed by the unexpected arrival of a figure from her distant past.

  • Vera Drake

    Vera Drake

    Mike Leigh’s second period drama, an understated, immensely nuanced portrait of kind-hearted Vera (Imelda Staunton) who performs illegal abortions for desperate women in 1950s London.

  • Topsy-Turvy

    Topsy-Turvy

    Mike Leigh’s first period drama is a witty reconstruction of the stormy relationship between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan during the creation of ‘The Mikado’.

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