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 discovered her dual passion for history and costume right around the age of twelve. Dragged kicking and screaming to her first Renaissance Faire at Black Point, she was convinced she was going to hate it, but to her surprise, she fell head over heels in love with the world of reenactment and dress up immediately. Her undergraduate degree is in Clothing & Textile Design, and she has a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture. When she’s not hauling crap to SCA events and ren faires, Sarah enjoys reading true crime books, writing fiction, and sewing historical clothing from the Middle Ages through the 20th-century. One of these days, she might even start updating her old costuming blog again.

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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