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Biography #2 (for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Gary Oldman began his career in 1979 working extensively in the London theatre. Between 1985 and 1989 he worked exclusively at London's Royal Court theatre. In 1985 he was awarded Best Newcomer by London's Time Out Magazine for his performance in The Pope's Wedding. That same year he shared the London Critic's Circle Best Actor Award with Sir Anthony Hopkins.

He has since gone on to become one of the most respected and talented film actors working today with credits including Ridley Scott's Hannibal, Oliver Stone's JFK, Tony Scott's True Romance, Luc Besson's The Professional, Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula and the starring role of Beethoven in Immortal Beloved.

In 1997 and 1998 Oldman starred in The Fifth Element, Air Force One and Lost in Space. These films and Coppola's Dracula place him in the rarified league of actors who have opened four movies in the number one position at the box office.

In 1995 Oldman and manager/producing partner Douglas Urbanski formed the production company The SE8 Group, which produced Oldman's directorial debut Nil By Mouth (which he also wrote). The film was invited to open the 1997 50th Cannes Film Festival in the main competition and Kathy Burke won Best Actress for her role. The film also won Oldman the prestigious Channel 4 director's prize in the 1997 Edinburgh Film Festival.

In 1998 Nil by Mouth won Oldman a BAFTA for Best British Film and Best Screenplay and further nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress.

Oldman's other major film credits include Sid and Nancy, Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your Ears, Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; Nic Roeg and Dennis Potter's Track 29, Criminal Law, Chattahoochee, Murder in the First State and State of Grace. And in 1999 Oldman executive produced and starred in the SE8 Group/Douglas Urbanski film The Contender which received three Academy Award nominations.

Fans of the television series Friends will also remember Oldman for his guest appearance as an alcoholic actor, a role which garnered him an Emmy nomination. Other television performances include Mike Leigh's Meantime and The Firm directed by the late Alan Clark.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (07-Jun-2004)


Biography #3

Gary Oldman has earned praise for his performances in a wide variety of film roles.

Born in England, Oldman first gained international recognition for his portrayal of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy. He subsequently starred as doomed playwright Joe Orton in Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your Ears, for which he earned a BAFTA nomination. His earlier film work also includes Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; Oliver Stone's JFK, in which he starred as Lee Harvey Oswald; and the title role in Brain Stoker's Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Oldman more recently squared off with Harrison Ford in Wolfgang Petersen's blockbuster Air Force One. He includes among his other film credits Lost in Space, The Fifth Element, Basquiat, The Scarlet Letter, Murder in the First, Immortal Beloved, Romeo Is Bleeding and True Romance.

In addition, Oldman has worked extensively on the London stage, and has won numerous awards for his performances, including the Evening Standard Award.

Behind the camera, Oldman wrote, directed and produced the 1997 film Nil by Mouth, for which he won BAFTA Awards for Best British Film and Best Original Screenplay. The project was produced under the banner of the 5E8 Group, which he and Douglas Urbanski founded in 1985. Together, they also executive produced Plunkett & Macleane. Their upcoming projects include Nobody's Baby, in which Oldman will star, and Joe Buck, to be written and directed by Oldman.

updated 01-Jan-2000


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