Gary Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, and musician. He is famous for his role in films such as Sid Vicious in “Sid and Nancy,” Lee Harvey Oswald in “JFK,” Dracula in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” Commissioner Gordon in “The Dark Knight” trilogy, and Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.
Gary Oldman Biography
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Gary Oldman was born on March 21, 1958, in London, England. He was the youngest of three children, and his father was a welder and his mother was a homemaker. Oldman grew up in South London and was drawn to the arts from an early age. He attended several drama schools, including the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and the Drama Centre London.
During his early years, Oldman worked in a variety of odd jobs to support himself, including as a porter, a construction worker, and a salesman. He also performed in various stage productions and small roles in TV shows and films. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he became involved in the British theater scene, working with the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Gary Oldman Career
Gary Oldman’s career journey began in the mid-1980s, with roles in British films such as “Sid and Nancy” and “Prick Up Your Ears.” He quickly gained a reputation as a versatile and talented actor, and his career continued to rise throughout the 1990s.
During this time, Oldman starred in a number of critically acclaimed films, including “JFK,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” and “True Romance.” He also received widespread recognition for his portrayal of the villainous terrorist in “Air Force One.”
In the early 2000s, Oldman continued to take on challenging and diverse roles, including a turn as Sirius Black in the “Harry Potter” film series. He also earned critical praise for his performances in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and “Darkest Hour,” for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Oldman has also made a name for himself as a director and writer, with his debut film “Nil by Mouth” receiving critical acclaim upon its release in 1997.
Gary Oldman Movies and TV Shows
Gary Oldman has had a long and successful career in film, with over 100 acting credits to his name. Some of his most notable film roles include:
Sid and Nancy (1986), Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
JFK (1991), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), True Romance (1993), Leon: The Professional (1994), The Fifth Element (1997), Air Force One (1997), The Contender (2000), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Darkest Hour (2017), Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021), Slow Horses (2022-present), Oppenheimer (2023)
Gary Oldman Awards
Gary Oldman has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including:
Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Darkest Hour” (2018)
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in “Darkest Hour” (2018)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role in “Darkest Hour” (2018)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his role in “Darkest Hour” (2018)
Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actor for his role in “Darkest Hour” (2018)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role in “Meantime” (1984)
Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award for his contribution to cinema (2011)
British Independent Film Award for Best Actor for his role in “Nil by Mouth” (1997)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2011)
Gary Oldman Wife
Gary Oldman has been married five times and has four children.
His first marriage was to actress Lesley Manville, whom he met while studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. They were married in 1987 and divorced in 1990.
Oldman’s second marriage was to actress Uma Thurman, whom he met while filming “State of Grace” in 1990. They were married in 1990 and divorced in 1992.
In 1997, Oldman married photographer Donya Fiorentino, with whom he had two sons. They divorced in 2001 and engaged in a highly publicized custody battle over their children.
Oldman’s fourth marriage was to English singer and actress Alexandra Edenborough. They were married in 2008 and divorced in 2015.
In 2017, Oldman married writer and curator Gisele Schmidt, whom he had been dating since 2015.
Oldman has spoken openly about his struggles with alcoholism and his efforts to overcome addiction. He has also been an advocate for mental health awareness, speaking publicly about his own experiences with depression and anxiety.
Gary Oldman Net Worth
Gary Oldman’s net worth is estimated to be around $50 million.