Birth Name: Lesley Manville
Birth Place: Brighton, East Sussex, GB
Born March 12, 1956 in Brighton, in East Sussex, England, she was raised with her two sisters in nearby Hove by her father, a taxicab driver, and her mother. At eight, she displayed an exceptional talent for singing, and was twice named the under-18 soprano champion of Sussex. After hearing about the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, she convinced her parents to let her leave school at 15 and commute to London to learn acting. There, she met famed choreographer Arlene Phillips, who attempted to convince her to join her popular dance troupe, Hot Gossip, but Manville instead turned her focus to improvisation. Soon after, she landed her first stage role in the musical "Albert," under the di...
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