Mike Leigh

1943 - Today

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Mike Leigh (born 20 February 1943) is an English film and theatre director, screenwriter and playwright. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and further at the Camberwell School of Art, the Central School of Art and Design and the London School of Film Technique. He began his career as a theatre director and playwright in the mid-1960s, before transitioning to making televised plays and films for BBC Television in the 1970s and '80s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mike Leigh has received more than 1,663,577 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Mike Leigh is the 404th most popular film director (down from 362nd in 2019), the 1,611th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,504th in 2019) and the 30th most popular British Film Director.

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Among film directors, Mike Leigh ranks 404 out of 1,580Before him are Yuri Norstein, Aleksandar Petrović, Claire Denis, Ladislas Starevich, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, and Eldar Ryazanov. After him are Jacques Audiard, Bertrand Blier, Jerzy Hoffman, Garry Marshall, Kaneto Shindo, and Maurice Pialat.

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Among people born in 1943, Mike Leigh ranks 157Before him are Björn Waldegård, Paul Michael Glaser, Dušan Ivković, Köbi Kuhn, Robert Lefkowitz, and Jef Raskin. After him are Oskar Lafontaine, Terry Eagleton, José Ángel Iribar, Randy Newman, Joan Manuel Serrat, and Winston Groom.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Mike Leigh ranks 1,611 out of 6,924Before him are Geoff Hurst (1941), Dixie Dean (1907), John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647), Thomas Arnold (1795), Lord Guildford Dudley (1536), and Jimmy Savile (1926). After him are Algernon Blackwood (1869), Raymond Williams (1921), Eddie the Eagle (1963), John Kemp Starley (1854), Alan Sillitoe (1928), and William Kent (1685).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United Kingdom

Among film directors born in United Kingdom, Mike Leigh ranks 30Before him are Adrian Lyne (1941), Michael Anderson (1920), John Guillermin (1925), J. Lee Thompson (1914), Peter Yates (1929), and Roland Joffé (1945). After him are John Badham (1939), Hugh Hudson (1936), Paul W. S. Anderson (1965), David Yates (1963), Nicolas Roeg (1928), and Michael Powell (1905).