WCW: Lesley Manville


Lesley Manville’s career spans the last 40 years, but it’s really only in the last 20 years that she’s become a fixture in historical costume films. Today we take a brief tour of some of her more famous frock flick roles!


Topsy-Turvy (1999)


North and South (2004)


Agatha Christie’s Poirot (2005)


Cranford (2007)


Romeo & Juliet (2013)


An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)


The Christmas Candle (2013)


Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond (2014)


Mr. Turner (2014)


The Go-Between (2015)


Phantom Thread (2017)


Harlots (2017-2019)


World on Fire (coming to PBS in 2020)



What’s your favorite of Leslie Manville’s historical costume roles?


About the author

Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.

6 Responses

  1. ljones1966

    I really enjoyed her roles in “North and South”, “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” and “The Phantom Thread”. I’ve never seen “Harlots”.

  2. Sharon in Scotland

    Not historical in any way, (set in the present day) but check out “Mum” , it will break you heart and make you laugh like a drain………………she’s on my list of “worship and adore”

  3. Charity

    I first saw her in “North and South” and … suddenly she’s in a ton of things. Funny how you notice someone once and then see them in everything. ;)


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