Marion Bailey Biography
Marion Bailey is a British actress known for her film work with her partner Mike Leigh. For one of their works, Mr Turner (2014) , Bailey was nominated Supporting Actress of the Year by the London Film Critics’ Circle.
Growing up in Harrow, Middlesex, she attended Pinner County Grammar School. She was also a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Marion Bailey Age
Bailey was born on 5 May 1951 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. She is 67 years old as of 2018.
Marion Bailey Family
She was born the daughter of Rose (née Timberlake) and William Bailey in Bushey Hospital, in Bushey. Bailey has a sister, Eve.
Marion Bailey Daughter
She has a daughter Alice Bailey Johnson.
Marion Bailey Mike Leigh
Bailey is in a relationship with film director Mike Leigh.
Marion Bailey Actress | Marion Bailey UK Actress
Bailey has also appeared as Mrs Peach in Debbie Isitt’s Nasty Neighbours (2000) and Mary in the Craig Ferguson film I’ll Be There (2003) as well as being in Leigh’s films.
Bailey had a recurring role as Avis in the long-running ITV series Shine on Harvey Moon in 1995. She has also played leading roles in several popular 1980s TV series, including To Have and to Hold, Jury and Charlie.
Bailey played Wendy in Carlton’s comedy drama series The Thing About Vince in 2000. She has also appeared in many single TV dramas and films including Woyzeck, Way Upstream, Zackharov, Raspberry, Coppers, Derailed and Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Bailey played Jill in the BBC Three comedy series The Trials of Jimmy Rose.
Bailey has also largely worked in British theatre which include the Chichester and the Hampstead Theatre, and at the Bristol Old Vic, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, London’s West End, the Royal Court, the National Theatre, the Old Vic, the Arts Theatre and the Tricycle Theatre.
She also performed in Mike Leigh’s West End theatre play Goosepimples, for which she received a Plays and Players Award nomination as Most Promising Newcomer in 1981. Bailey received a TMA nomination as Best Supporting Performance for her role in Kindertransport with the Shared Experience company in 2007.
Marion Bailey The Crown | Marion Bailey as Queen Mother
It was annonced in July 2018 that Bailey would succeed Victoria Hamilton as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in seasons 3 and 4 of international Netflix series The Crown.
Marion Bailey Vera Drake
Bailey has appeared in the 2004 film Vera Drake.
Marion Bailey Midsomer Murders
Marion stars in the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders as Alyssa Bradley. The film first aired on first aired 20th July 2008.
Marion Bailey Poirot
In the “Poirot” The Plymouth Express (TV Episode 1991). Bailey plays as Jane Mason.
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Marion Bailey Movies
Some of the films that Bailey has appeared in include:
- Persuasion – 2007
- Allied – 2016
- Mr. Turner – 2014
- Meantime – 1983
- Vera Drake – 2004
- Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back) – 2018
- All or Nothing – 2002
- Peterloo – 2018
- I’ll Be There – 2003
- Nasty Neighbours
- Way Upstream
- Offending Angels – 2000
- Toast – 2010
- No More Dying Then
- Dalziel and Pascoe: A Killing Kindness
Marion Bailey Net Worth
The actresses’ net worth is not yet known or revealed.
Marion Bailey Talks Mr Turner
Marion Bailey Interview
Published: 01 November 2014
When did you realise you wanted to be an actress?
Marion Bailey: I always secretly quite fancied it from as early as I can remember from watching musicals mainly on television in the afternoon. I was a little girl in the 1950s and we used to have Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ films on a Sunday afternoon and I thought ‘That looks like something I’d like to do’. Then, much later on when I was at school I discovered I was alright at it. But I didn’t tell anyone, not until I left school at 18 and applied to?University?and got a?place to read English.?I withdrew from going to university as soon as I left school, because I didn’t want to do it really.?I then?wrote to Guildhall School of Music and Drama, because I learned to play the piano through there and they were the only ones I knew about. I didn’t dare apply to RADA! I then just got into drama school at my first attempt. It was extraordinary.
Your movies haven’t been very Fred Astaire-y..
Marion Bailey: No! (laughs) I did do a few musicals!
You’re a theatre, film, and television actress – do you approach each medium differently when preparing?
Marion Bailey: They require different techniques, but acting is acting is acting, really. So fundamentally, no, because you’re finding a character and taking part in telling a story.
Mrs. Booth in the movie is a sort of invisible character. Are there any women from history that you’ve read about or come across that you’d love to see filmmakers do a biopic of?
Marion Bailey: Too many to mention because these characters, both male and female, always fascinate me – the support networks around people and the partners of people. You could take the partner of anyone and it would be an interesting story to consider what they went through, whether it was a famous politician, or an artist or scientist. I think those untold stories, of ordinary people are profoundly fascinating, and the sacrifices they make to support a loved one – in the case of Turner who driven by his own demon, which was art, everybody else had to serve his art.
Your character is so nice and lovely, and Turner is a bit… he’s not exactly the easiest person. Why do you think she fell for him?
Marion Bailey: He was a complex person. At the beginning there’s the little conversation when they’re in the kitchen and talking about the slave trade – she spotted a sensitive human being. Tt was only when he was with people he thought were fools that he was gruff and horrible. He was reported as being very acerbic. He could just grunt at people. But he must, from his writing and as well as from his work, have had a profound sensitivity, and I think she could see that. He just didn’t bother with the social niceties, for whatever reasons. Maybe it’s because he found them false. He was a working class London boy who was mixing with the upper echelons of society. He was a complex mixture.
Mary Somerville (Lesley Manville in the movie) was one of the great scientists of her age – he absolutely related to her as an equal and was fascinated by and admired and respected her, so I think he had very fine sensibilities, but he didn’t bother too much with the social niceties.
Preparing?for a Mike Leigh role requires loads of research and this was a historical piece – what was the most fascinating thing you discovered?
Marion Bailey: I came across these letters that someone had written, who had a Margate childhood at the time she was living there with Turner. The detail in them was just fantastic. he described the games children would play with hoops on the beach – right in front of her house in Cold Harbour. That brought the whole thing alive to me. And learning about the bathing huts and all the sexual shenanigans. They used to have a boat on the Saturday called ‘the husband’s boat’ and all these guys would come off the boat. The women would stay down there for the summer and all these illicit relationships would be going on. The Georgian era was far freer and more radical that the Victorian era which followed, which was much more repressive, especially for women. A lot of women in Georgian times were starting to educate themselves – there was a radical flavour in the air, it got crushed a bit later on with Victorian morals.
As an actor you work closely with Mike Leigh to develop the character – what happens if you disagree about a character?
Marion Bailey: You compromise. It is very rare you disagree. Mike asks the question “If this happens to her, what will her response be?” He’s very intelligent and intuitive, so he will accept what you say, unless what you’re saying is such perverse nonsense then he’ll get irritated. Generally, if you’ve done your homework properly, you’re in agreement. You have to be a little bit flexible.
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