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Mike Leigh is an English writer and director of film and theatre.

Relationship Facts of Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh is not having an affair with anyone presently.
His sexual orientation is straight.


Who is the wife of Mike Leigh?

Talking about his relationship, he is a married man. He got married to Alison Steadman in 1973 they have two children namely, Toby Leigh and Leo Leigh.

But the marriage didn’t go well so they got divorced in 2001.

Who is Mike Leigh?

Mike Leigh is an English writer and director of film and theatre. He is well known for his use of improvisation.

Whereas, he won the best director at Cannes for his film Naked.

In addition, he is also well-known films include the comedy-drama Life is Sweet (1990) and Career Girls (1997), the Gilbert and Sullivan biographical film Topsy-Turvy (1999), and the bleak working-class drama All or Nothing (2002).

Mike Leigh: Childhood, Education, and Family

Mike was born in Brocket Hall, Welwyn Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England on February 20, 1943, to parents Alfred Abraham Leigh and Phyllis Pauline Cousin.

He belongs to British nationality and English ethnicity. His birth sign is Pisces.

Mike Leigh
Caption: Mike Leigh and his wife Charlotte (Source: Getty Images)

Talking about his education, firstly, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Then, he attended Camberwell College of Arts. Finally, he graduated from the Central School of Art and Design.

Mike Leigh: Early Professional Career

Taking about his profession, during 1966-to 67, he worked as an assistant director with the Royal Shakespeare Company on productions of Macbeth, Coriolanus, and The Taming of the Shrew.

Similarly, in 1968, wanting to return to Manchester, he sub-let his London flat and moved to Levenshulme. 

Likewise, in the 1970s, he also made nine television plays. In addition, his plays are generally more caustic, stridently trying to show the banality of society.

 Eventually, in 1986 project codenamed ‘Rhubarb’, for which he had gathered actors in Blackburn, including Jane Horrocks, Julie Walters, and David Thewlis.

In 1988 he and producer Simon Channing Williams founded Thin Man Films, a film production company based in London, to produce Mike Leigh’s films.

Leigh’s subsequent films such as Naked and Vera Drake are somewhat starker, more brutal, and concentrate more on the working class; another of his recent films.

However, is a modern-day comedy, Happy-Go-Lucky.

Besides that, his stage plays include Smelling A Rat, It’s A Great Big Shame, Greek Tragedy, Goose-Pimples, Ecstasy, and Abigail’s Party.

Mike Leigh: Lifetime Achievements and Awards

He won an award for Best Foreign Feature Film for Another Year (2010), and he received an award for Best Foreign Film for Vera Drake (2004).

Likewise, he won the award for Best Foreign Film for Secrets & Lies (1996).

In addition, he won an award for John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing for Mr. Turner (2014)

Mike Leigh: Salary and Net Worth

He earns a decent amount of salary. His net worth is around $20 million as of 2023.

Mike Leigh: Rumors and Controversy

There isn’t any information regarding his professional and personal life.

He is far from rumors and controversy.

Mike Leigh: Description of Body Measurements

Mike has a height of 5 feet 7 inches. Additionally, his weight is unknown.

Mike’s hair color is white and his eye color is dark brown.

Mike Leigh: Social Media

On talking about his social media, he is not active on social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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