Mike Leigh OBE

Honorary graduates 2014-15

Mike Leigh OBE (DLitt)

Wednesday 16 July 9:00am

Mike Leigh is a dramatist and theatre and film director.  He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, at Camberwell and Central Art Schools in London, and at the London Film School, of which he is now the Chairman.

His feature film “Secrets & Lies” won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and “Vera Drake” the Golden Lion at Venice.  His other feature films are “Bleak Moments”, “High Hopes”, “Life Is Sweet”, “Naked”, “Career Girls”, “Topsy-Turvy”, “All Or Nothing”, “Happy-Go-Lucky”, “Another Year” and the forthcoming “Mr Turner”.

His full-length television films are “Hard Labour”, “Nuts In May”, “The Kiss Of Death”, “Who’s Who”, “Grown-Ups”, “Home Sweet Home”, “Meantime” and “Four Days In July”.

He has written and directed over 20 stage plays. These include “Babies Grow Old”, “Abigail’s Party” (also a TV play), “Ecstasy”, “Goose-Pimples”, “Smelling A Rat”, “Greek Tragedy”, “It’s A Great Big Shame!” and, for the National Theatre, “Two Thousand Years” and “Grief”.