Gary Oldman


21 Mar 1958


New Cross, London, England, UK


Gary Leonard Oldman


Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style, Oldman is one of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television.

Gary Oldman was born on March 21, 1958 in New Cross, London, England, the son of Kathleen (Cheriton), a homemaker, and Leonard Bertram Oldman, a welder.

For most of his career he was best-known for playing over-the-top antagonists such as the role of Russian terrorist Egor Korshunov in the 1997 blockbuster Air Force One, though he has recently reached a new audience with heroic roles in the Harry Potter and Dark Knight franchises. In amazing trivia, he was in Batman Begins and The Fifth Element.

Oldman won a scholarship to Britain's Rose Bruford Drama College, in Sidcup, Kent, where he received a B.A. in theatre arts in 1979. He subsequently studied with the Greenwich Young People's Theatre and went on to appear in a number of plays throughout the early '80s, including "The Pope's Wedding," for which he received Time Out's Fringe Award for Best Newcomer of 1985-1986 and the British Theatre Association's Drama Magazine Award as Best Actor for 1985. Before fame, he was employed as a worker in assembly lines, and as a porter in an operating theater. He also got jobs selling shoes and beheading pigs while supporting his early acting career. He was also in the movie The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger.

His film debut was Remembrance (1982), though his most-memorable early role came when he played Sex Pistol Sid Vicious in the biopic Sid and Nancy (1986) picking up the Evening Standard Film Award as Best Newcomer. He then received a Best Actor nomination from BAFTA for his portrayal of '60s playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987).

In the 1990s, Oldman brought to life a series of iconic real-world and fictional villains including Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991), the title character in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Drexl Spivey in True Romance (1993), Stansfield in Léon: The Professional (1994), Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element (1997) and Ivan Korshunov in Air Force One (1997). That decade also saw Oldman portraying Ludwig van Beethoven in biopic Immortal Beloved (1994).

Oldman scored the coveted role of Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), giving him a key part in one of the highest-grossing franchises ever. He reprised that role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). Oldman also took on the iconic role of Detective James Gordon in writer-director Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005), a role he played again in The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Prominent film critic Mark Kermode, in reviewing The Dark Knight, wrote, "the best performance in the film, by a mile, is Gary Oldman's ... it would be lovely to see him get a[n Academy Award] nomination because actually, he's the guy who gets kind of overlooked in all of this."

Oldman co-starred with Jim Carrey in the 2009 version of A Christmas Carol in which Oldman played three roles. He had a starring role in David Goyer's supernatural thriller The Unborn, released in 2009. In 2010, Oldman co-starred with Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli. He also played a lead role in Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood. Oldman voiced the role of villain Lord Shen and was nominated for an Annie Award for his performance in Kung Fu Panda 2.

In 2011, Oldman portrayed master spy George Smiley in the adaptation of John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), and the role scored Oldman his first Academy Award nomination. In 2014, he played one of the lead humans in the science fiction action film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). Also in 2014, Oldman starred alongside Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson in the remake of RoboCop (2014), as Norton, the scientist who creates RoboCop. Also that year, Oldman starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as one of the leads alongside Jason Clarke and Keri Russell.

Aside from acting, Oldman tried his hand at writing and directing for Nil by Mouth (1997). The movie opened the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, and won Kathy Burke a Best Actress prize at the festival.

Oldman has three children - one with first wife Lesley Manville, and two with third wife Donya Fiorentino. He married Alexandra Edenborough on December 31, 2008 until they divorced in January 2015. He was married to actress Uma Thurman from 1990 to 1992. He married his fourth wife Alexandra Edenborough in 2008 but the couple divorced in 2015. He has three sons named Alfie, Gulliver and Charlie.

Actor ( 130 credits )

Darkest Hour (2017) Winston Churchill (rumored)
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
The Space Between Us (2016)
Criminal (2016)
Man Down (2015) Captain Peyton
Child 44 (2015) Timur Nesterov
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Dreyfus
I Am Steve McQueen (2014) Himself
RoboCop (2014) Dr. Dennett Norton
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (archive footage) (1 episod
Paranoia (2013) Nicolas Wyatt
Movie Guide (2013)  Nicholas Wyatt (1 episode, 2013)
Guns, Girls and Gambling (2012) Elvis
Lawless (2012) Floyd Banner
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Commissioner Gordon
MSN Exclusives (2012)  Himself
Movie Talk with Peter Bart (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2016)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Rosencrantz (archive footage) (1 episode, 2016)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) George Smiley
Touch of Evil (2011) The Menacing Dummy
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Sirius Black
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Shen (voice)
Red Riding Hood (2011) Solomon
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Big Picture (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
One Night in Turin (2010) Narrator (voice)
Countdown to Zero (2010) Narrator
The Book of Eli (2010) Carnegie
Conan (2010)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2011-2014)
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Ludwig van Beethoven (1 episode, 2012)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Daybreak (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Rain Fall (2009) William Holtzer
Planet 51 (2009) General Grawl (voice)
A Christmas Carol (2009) Bob Cratchit / Marley / Tiny Tim
Take Flight: Gary Oldman Directs Chutzpah (2009)
The Unborn (2009) Rabbi Sendak
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The 7PM Project (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Republic of Telly (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Dark Knight (2008) Gordon
Filmania: Eiga no tatsujin (2008) (1 episode, 2009)
The Secret World of Superfans (2008) Himself
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Sirius Black
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
DP/30: Conversations About Movies (2007)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (4 episodes, 2008-2011)
Reel Junkie (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
The Backwoods (2006) Paul
The ONE Show (2006)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Dead Fish (2005) Lynch
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Sirius Black
Batman Begins (2005) Jim Gordon
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Attack of the Show! (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (5 episodes, 2010-2014)
Me and Graham: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2005) Himself
Who's Kyle? (2004) Scouse
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Sirius Black
At the Movies (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Planet Voice (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Cinemaholic (2004) (1 episode, 2009)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
Sin (2003) Charlie Strom
Tiptoes (2003) Rolfe
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2012-2014)
Beat the Devil (2002) Devil
Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002) O.W. Grant
Greg the Bunny (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
V Graham Norton (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Hannibal (2001) Mason Verger
Nobody's Baby (2001) Buford Dill
The Contender (2000) Shelly Runyon
The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot (1998) Ruber (voice)
Lost in Space (1998) Dr. Zachary Smith / Spider Smith
Air Force One (1997) Ivan Korshunov
The Fifth Element (1997) Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
SAG Foundation Conversations (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Basquiat (1996) Albert Milo
Tracey Takes On... (1996)  Hairdresser (1 episode, 1999)
The Scarlet Letter (1995) Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale
Murder in the First (1995) Milton Glenn
Immortal Beloved (1994) Ludwig van Beethoven
Léon: The Professional (1994) Stansfield
Friends (1994)  Richard Crosby (2 episodes, 2001)
Dennis Miller Live (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
True Romance (1993) Drexl Spivey
Romeo Is Bleeding (1993) Jack Grimaldi
Fallen Angels (1993)  Pat Keiley (1 episode, 1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) Dracula
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (5 episodes, 1994-2007)
Making of... (1992)  Dr. Smith / ... (1 episode, 1998)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
JFK (1991) Lee Harvey Oswald
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 1995-2012)
Dylan Thomas (1991) Dylan Thomas
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) Rosencrantz
Henry & June (1990) Pop (as Maurice Escargot)
State of Grace (1990) Jackie Flannery
Chattahoochee (1989) Emmett Foley
We Think the World of You (1988) Johnny
Criminal Law (1988) Ben Chase
Track 29 (1988) Martin
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Prick Up Your Ears (1987) Joe Orton
England's Glory (1987) Himself
Sid and Nancy (1986) Sid Vicious
Summer Season (1985)  Gary (1 episode, 1985)
Screen Two (1985)  Bex Bissell / ... (3 episodes, 1986-1991)
Morgan's Boy (1984)  Colin (4 episodes, 1984)
Frontline (1983)  Lee Harvey Oswald (1 episode, 1993)
Dramarama (1983)  Ben (1 episode, 1984)
Remembrance (1982) Daniel
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
Knots Landing (1979)  Don Ross (1 episode, 1989)
Omnibus (1967)  Joe Orton (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 1
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Flying Horse (0) Dennis Spencer
Hunter Killer (0)

Producer ( 4 credits )

Nobody's Baby (2001) producer
The Contender (2000) executive producer
Plunkett & Macleane (1999) executive producer
Nil by Mouth (1997) producer

Writer ( 1 credit )

Nil by Mouth (1997) (screenplay)

Director ( 2 credits )

Nil by Mouth (1997)
Flying Horse (0)