Lesley Manville recalls ‘bonkers’ family reunion with Gary Oldman at the 2018 Oscars
Lesley Manville recalled the 2018 Oscars ceremony, where both she and ex-husband Gary Oldman were nominated for the top awards.
the couple, who share son Alfie Oldman, separated in 1990, although Manville said she was determined not to “break up” following the split.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, she said despite the history, the 90th annual ceremony was “lovely” and her son now belongs to “a very exclusive club”. ” includes children whose parents have both been nominated for an Oscar in the same category. year.
That year Manville was nominated for best supporting actress for Phantom Thread, while Oldman won best actor for his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.
Manville told Lauren Laverne: “It’s crazy.
“And of course, the lovely thing is that Gary was nominated that year, and he won.
“So Alfie had a really… good time. All his family is there. Both his father and mother were nominated for an Oscar in the same year.
“He is a member of a very exclusive club. I think only the children of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have the same thing.”
She continued: “So of course, we went to the Governor’s Ball and we did a little bit of that and Gary was there and Alfie’s half-brothers were there too and that is lovely.”
Manville revealed that she didn’t confide in her family at first about breaking up with Oldman and that it was a “very lonely time”.
“I just thought, ‘Oh, I’m not going to tell them because maybe in a few months it’ll be fine,'” she said.
Alfie (Old Man) had a really…awesome time. Both his father and mother were nominated for an Oscar in the same year. He is a member of a very exclusive club. I think only the children of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have the same thing.Leslie Manville
“But it was a very lonely time. (In) the days before cell phones, it was very difficult to talk to him or you know what I was imagining for myself.”
She added that she and Oldman fell in love and had “the best time” before “the rug was tugged at my feet”.
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“I thought we would be together forever, we would have a big family, but maybe if that happened, maybe I wouldn’t have the career I have now,” she said.
Manville made his professional debut in 1972 in the musical West End, and has since taken on numerous roles on both the big screen and the small screen.
In addition to her Academy Award-nominated performance in Phantom Thread, she has starred in films including Mrs Harris Goes To Paris, Vera Drake and played Princess Margaret in the most recent series The Crown.
Elsewhere in the episode, she tells Laverne about some of her “sliding door moments” in her life, including her desire to become an opera singer.
Desert Island Discs airs Sundays on BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 4, at 11:15am.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/lesley-manville-recalls-bonkers-family-reunion-with-gary-oldman-at-2018-oscars-42328215.html Lesley Manville recalls ‘bonkers’ family reunion with Gary Oldman at the 2018 Oscars