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Lesley Manville is getting on with it

— by Alyson Walsh

Lesley Manville photo: WWD

Why hasn’t Lesley Manville been featured on That’s Not My Age before? I have no answers. This is a careless omission. Manville was absolutely brilliant as Daniel Day-Lewis’ sister in Phantom Thread and I love the gently funny, heart-rending BBC sitcom Mum. Manville plays Cathy the middle-aged mum slowly falling for her late husband’s best friend Michael, the equally brilliant Peter Mullan, who has loved her quietly from afar, for years. The third and final series of Bafta-winning Mum aired on telly this week. In an interview with the Guardian, Manville says this is a ‘golden period’ for female actors over-40 but she’d still like to see more roles for strong women:

‘I’d just like there to be more of it, so that my girlfriends and peers and colleagues who are my age but not enjoying the halcyon days I’m enjoying can share in it, too. More, more, more. It’s important for young people to see that older people have not turned off a button and become this kind of muted, non-feeling entity. I do want to go out dancing and get sweaty and drink too much and go home at three in the morning, and I do want to have sex, and I do want to dress how I want to dress, and I do want to have a life and be able to choose what I want to do; and I am over 60.’

And I admire the busier-than-ever actor’s no-nonsense approach, ‘ I still roll up my sleeves and get on with it. I’m never late. I always know what I’m doing. I don’t let people down on set. I’m very, very professional. I’m very pleasant. I’m not arsey. I don’t big it up or anything.’

 

Be more Lesley Manville.

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Why hasn’t Lesley Manville been featured on That’s Not My Age before? I have no answers.