Gary Oldman

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

21st March, 1958







Gary Oldman (21.3.1958) Gary Oldman is an English actor as well as a film director and producer.

Childhood: Gary Oldman was born to Kathleen and Len Oldman in London. His mother was a housewife, born in Ireland and his father was an ex-sailor, turned welder.

As a child, Oldman showed talent as a pianist and a singer. However, he decided to pursue acting instead of music, citing Malcolm McDowell in The Raging Moon as his primary influence for doing so.

Acting Career: In 1979, Gary Oldman graduated from drama school. He spent the next eight years working in the theatre and landed roles in some minor films, including 1982's Remembrance and 1984's Morgan's Boy.

In 1986, Oldman got his breakthrough role when he was cast to play Sid Vicious (of The Sex Pistols) in the film Sid and Nancy, directed by Alex Cox. John Lydon (the Sex Pistol's singer) commented that Oldman was "a bloody good actor."

The following year was a busy one for Oldman. He took on another biopic role when he played the playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears. In 1988, Oldman played a football hooligan in The Firm and then starred alongside Christopher Lloyd in Track 29. Later that year, he worked with Kevin Bacon in the film Criminal Law. This was followed with his appearance in We Think The World Of You, with Frances McDormand and Dennis Hopper in 1989.

1991 was another breakthrough year for Gary Oldman, as he played the role of John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald in the Oliver Stone directed JFK.

In 1992, Oldman played Count Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula. The film, which also starred Tom Cruise and Winona Ryder, was a huge box office hit.

His appearance in Bram Stoker's Dracula proved to be a catalyst for his career and found him playing a string of 'bad guy' characters. In True Romance, he played a violent pimp, opposite Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. In Léon he played a corrupt DEA officer, opposite Natalie Portman and Jean Reno. In Murder in the First he played a cruel prison officer and in The Fifth Element, he played an oppressive capitalist.

In 2000, Oldman landed a role in The Contender, which also starred Jeff Bridges.

The next year, Oldman starred in Hannibal, the sequel to Silence of the Lambs. In the film, he plays Mason Verger, Hannibal Lecter's only surviving victim. Julianne Moore and Anthony Hopkins also starred in the film.

When Gary Oldman appeared in two episodes of Friends, the popular American sitcom, he was awarded an Emmy for his performance.

Gary Oldman played the role of Sirius Black in the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. Daniel Radcliffe - who plays Harry Potter - and Gary Oldman became close friends during the filming of the series, which also starred Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman.

When Christopher Nolan directed two Batman films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Gary Oldman was chosen to play Commissioner James Gordon opposite Christian Bale, who played the lead role.

In 2009, Oldman starred in Unborn, a supernatural thriller directed by David Goyer.

Directing: Gary Oldman made his directorial debut in 1997 with the film Nil By Mouth. Based partly on his own childhood story, the film starred Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke and won the BAFTA for Best British Film.

Gary Oldman: Personal Life

Oldman moved to the USA in the 1990s and now lives in Los Angeles.

In 1991, Gary Oldman was arrested for drink driving. He was with the actor Keifer Sutherland at the time.

Gary Oldman has had four marriages. His first wife was Lesley Manville, his second was the actress Uma Thurman and his third was Donya Fiorentino. Since 2008 he has been married to Alexandra Edenborough.

Gary Oldman's sister, Laila Morse is an actress and plays Mo Harris in Eastenders.

Forget Meryl Streep And Lily James! Did You Know These 8 Famous Pairs Are Also Related?

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 24 July 2018

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Can you believe some of these famous blood ties?

As coincidences go, Meryl Streep and Lily James' discovery that they are distantly related is as adorable as it gets with the pair having portrayed young and older versions of the same character in the recent 'Mamma Mia 2'. They are ninth cousins three times removed, if you can get your head around that.

Here are eight other celebrity pairs you probably didn't know were related:

Gary Oldman and Laila Morse

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Gary Oldman at the 2018 Costume Institute Gala (aka the Met Gala or the Met Ball) held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This year's theme was 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination' - New York, New York, United States - Monday 7th May 2018

Gary Oldman's Son Defends Him Against Resurface Abuse Allegations

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 07 March 2018

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His ex-wife brands the Oscar winner an 'abuser'.

In a drama echoing that which followed the Golden Globes earlier this year, the ex-wife of Gary Oldman has lashed out at the Academy Awards for awarding both the actor and short filmmaker Kobe Bryant at this year's event, when both have been accused of violence against women.

Image caption Gary Oldman at the Vanity Fair Oscar party

Donya Fiorentino has expressed her disgust that her former husband of four years was given the Best Actor Oscar for his role in 'Darkest Hour', especially in the wake of the flurry of allegations of violence and sexual assault that have plagued Hollywood in the last year.

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Gisele Schmidt, Gary Oldman and others on the red carpet at the 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) 2018 held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The big winners this year were 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' and 'The Shape of Water' - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 18th February 2018

Gary Oldman on the red carpet at the 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) 2018 held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The big winners this year were 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' and 'The Shape of Water' - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 18th February 2018

Gary Oldman at the 90th Annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon 2018 held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. This year's Academy Awards Best Picture nominees are 'Call Me By Your Name', 'Darkest Hour', 'Dunkirk', 'Get Out', 'Lady Bird', 'Phantom Thread', 'The Post', 'The Shape of Water' and 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 5th February 2018

Gary Oldman Hoping To Join Marvel Movie

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 22 January 2018

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The actor says his son is desperate for him to get involved.

British actor Gary Oldman is somebody whose career seems to be going from strength to strength. In his latest movie 'Darkest Hour', he takes on the role of former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill, chronicling a time in which the country had to choose which route to go down in regards to the looming Nazi threat.

Image caption Gary Oldman celebrating his Screen Actors Guild Awards win

This past weekend, Oldman picked up the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Churchill, and he now seems on the perfect path to do extremely well come time for the Academy Awards. Though he's telling a portion of history here, Oldman isn't somebody adversed to getting involved in a big screen telling of a fictional story.

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Gary Oldman Explored Churchill's Psychology For 'Darkest Hour'

By Rich Cline in Movies / TV / Theatre on 12 January 2018

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He actually felt like he was Prime Minister for a few months.

Despite the unusual casting, Gary Oldman has become the frontrunner to win most of the Best Actor prizes during this year's awards season for his performance as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour. He already has the Golden Globe on his mantlepiece.

Image caption Gary Oldman in 'Darkest Hour'

"I think my reaction was much the same as yours," Oldman says about picturing himself in the role. "A Churchill project came my way in 2014, and my reaction was, 'Don't be utterly ridiculous.' It was never in my consciousness, even. You could see yourself playing Lear maybe, down the road. But when you start with the robust silhouette of a man like Churchill, with the big jowls and the double chin, it's hard to see that."

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Gary Oldman seen at the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards, held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The big winner of the night was Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance 'The Shape of Water' with four awards in total - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 11th January 2018

Gary Oldman Would Like Joaquin Phoenix To Play Batman If Ben Affleck Leaves

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 09 January 2018

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The actor doesn't mean any "disrespect" to Affleck in his comments.

Gary Oldman is best known to comic book superhero film fans as the man to bring Commissioner Gordon to life in Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' trilogy. Though it's a role he gave up a few years back now, he's still very much involved in the discussions surrounding the new versions of the Batman characters we see in the DC Extended Universe. It's fair to say that once you get yourself involved in the DC franchise, there's no way out! Fortunately, Oldman seems just as passionate about it as ever.

Image caption Gary Oldman is renowned for his performance as Commissioner Gordon

Currently, Ben Affleck is the actor to don the cape and cowl, taking on the mantle of the World's Greatest Detective in the DCEU. Starring alongside the likes of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman in recent release 'Justice League', he's an actor who's really put his stamp on the role of Bruce Wayne, and made a great impression with fans.

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Gary Oldman's Secret LA Nuptials Mark His Fifth Wedding

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 25 September 2017

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The actor wed art writer Gisele Schmidt in a small ceremony.

Gary Oldman makes wedding vows for the fifth time in his life as it's revealed that he and his partner of around two years, Gisele Schmidt, tied the knot in a secret ceremony in Los Angeles. The pair have yet to confirm their happy news to the press.

Image caption Gary Oldman on the red carpet at Focus Features Cinemacon

The 59-year-old 'Darkest Hour' star married writer and art curator Gisele Schmidt at his manager Doug Urbanski's home during a very intimate ceremony, and later hit the red carpet for the first time as husband and wife at the Toronto Film Festival this month while the media were none the wiser.

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The Hitman's Bodyguard Review

Very Good

It really doesn't matter that this movie is utterly ridiculous, because the central pairing of Ryan Reynolds with Samuel L. Jackson is so entertaining that we never want it to end. Director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) keeps the action so insanely energetic that we're not quite sure where to look. But at the centre of the mayhem Reynolds and Jackson are having so much fun that we can't wipe the smiles off our faces.

Reynolds plays London-based security expert Michael, whose high-flying career was derailed two years ago and stubbornly refuses to get back on track. Then his Interpol agent ex-girlfriend Amelia (Elodie Yung) offers him a job escorting the ruthless assassin Darius (Jackson) from his British prison cell to The Hague, where he's needed to testify against murderous Belarusian warlord Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) in a war crimes trial. So far, Dukhovich's militia has made sure no witnesses have made it to the courtroom, so Michael has his work cut out for him. Meanwhile, Darius is trying to get in touch with his wife Sonia (Salma Hayek), who is in prison in Amsterdam and lovingly calls him an unkillable cockroach.

All of this unfolds at a breakneck pace, with a flurry of hyper-violent shootouts, chases and fistfights. Cars fly in every direction as passers-by run for cover, bullets fly in every direction, and pretty much everything on-screen explodes into a huge ball of flames. It's so cartoonish that it's impossible to take even remotely seriously. So we just laugh along with Ryan and Jackson, as they bicker and fight, then bond over flashbacks into their amusingly messy love lives. Both are swaggering alpha-males who don't take instructions from anyone, so their interaction is feisty and funny. The supporting cast of glowering villains and secretive agents barely gets a chance to register, although Hayek nearly walks off with the movie in a riotously scene-stealing turn that leaves us wanting her to get a film of her own.

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Darkest Hour Trailer

Given the legend that surrounds him, you might be surprised to know that Winston Churchill was by no means the government's first choice of Prime Minister during World War II. Still, he had many qualities that would make him perfect to lead the country at its most desperate hour of need; he lacked vanity, he was charismatic in many ways, and had a determination and forcefulness that few could hope to match. He was simply the country's last hope. But within days of being in office, he was faced with the biggest challenge of his career: the battle of Dunkirk.

Churchill knew what he was getting into from the start, with the War having already been waging for at least eight months. But with so many British and Allied soldiers stranded on the French beaches in 1940, surrounded by enemy planes at every turn, the probability of their evacuation seemed miniscule, the probability of German invasion extremely likely. While the people around him urged him to begin negotiating peace talks with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, Churchill knew that the only way they were going to survive was if they stood and fought to the end. Surrender was not an option.

With the might of his colleagues and the brave military behind him, not to mention his loving and devoted wife Clementine Hozier, Churchill led his country to one of its greatest victories.

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The Hitmans Bodyguard Trailer

An AAA-rated executive protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is charged with protecting the most wanted hitman (Samuel L. Jackson) in the world. That might seem like a crazy concept - I mean, why would an assassin need a bodyguard? - but as it turns out, he's quite the liability. He's impulsive, volatile and damn rude, and very likely to get them both killed. Unfortunately, there's nothing this protection agent can do about his new client; he has to work with him and they must put aside their differences if they want to defeat a ruthless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) and testify at the International Court of Justice. It's a 24 hour rollercoaster ride for these completely contrasting personalities, complete with death defying car chases and reckless escape stunts.

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The Space Between Us Review


While the premise of this movie makes it look like a sci-fi adventure, the truth is that it's actually a young adult romance, like The Fault in Our Stars with E.T. overtones. The film may be watchable, but the script simply never bothers to develop anything. The science is wobbly, the romance is paper-thin, the sentimentality is off the charts, and the cheesy dialogue would completely defeat a less experienced cast.

It opens with an extended prologue about the first manned mission to Mars and how, after the team arrives, Elliot (Asa Butterfield) was born to an astronaut who died in childbirth. Earth-based mission director Nathaniel (Gary Oldman) decides to keep his existence a secret, so he's raised by motherly science officer Kendra (Carla Gugino) and his robot best pal (voiced by director Peter Chelsom). When he turns 16, Nathaniel decides it's time for Elliot to visit Earth, not knowing that he has developed an online relationship with the tearaway teen Tulsa (Britt Robertson) in Colorado. So when he lands on Earth, Elliot escapes and teams up with Tulsa to search for his father. But Nathaniel and Kendra know that Elliot can't survive for long in Earth's gravity.

There's nothing about this film that's terribly convincing. Events are inexplicable, plot points are under-explained and the filmmakers oddly make no attempt to create a sense of advanced technology or style in 2034. The clothing and cars are distinctly 2016 vintage, and only the impractical clear-glass computer screens add an improbably futuristic tinge. Of course, the 12-year-olds this film was made for won't care about the details; they'll be caught up in the swoony romantic fantasy. Butterfield is a solid actor who can make even a character this thinly defined believable and likeable. His heavy-gravity physicality is nicely understated. And he sparks some chemistry with the high-energy Robertson. Meanwhile, Oldman and Gugino add a hint of gravitas in their thankless roles.

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