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Why Lesley Manville had a big smile

Lesley Manville says she is "extremely proud" at being awarded an OBE for services to drama in the honours.

She said: "To be honoured for my work, in a country whose culture I hold in such high esteem makes me extremely proud and happy.

"I've been working abroad quite a bit lately and it's served to make me appreciate even more the amazing arts we have in Britain.

"At least now everyone will know why I've been walking around with such a big smile on my face."

A favourite of director Mike Leigh, Manville has starred with great success in many of his high profile projects, including All Or Nothing and Another Year, which earned her a Bafta nomination.

She cut her teeth in the world of television with a presenting job and a stint on Emmerdale. Since then her TV repertoire is as long as the honours list, boasting impressive credits for shows such as Coronation Street, Silent Witness and Other People's Children.

The latter saw her playing the role of Nadine and in 2012 it earned her a best actress nomination from the Royal Television Society.

Manville was briefly married to actor Gary Oldman and the two have a son, Alfie, together.

Of late she has been wowing audiences in New York with her theatrical performance in Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts.

Reports in the Hollywood Reporter have linked her to the forthcoming science fiction thriller from American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar, which is titled Rupture.

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