Leonard Gary Oldman
Los Angeles, California, USA
|In Harry Potter|
Best Actor nomination (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 2011)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series nomination (Friends, 2001)
Gary Oldman is the actor who plays Sirius Black in the film adaptations of Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, and Deathly Hallows: Part 2. He also voiced Sirius in the video-game adaption of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Oldman made his first significant impact upon Hollywood when he was cast as Sid Vicious, the bassist of the Sex Pistols, in Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy (1986). He gained critical acclaim for the role, as did his next significant role – playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987).
In 1990, he appeared with Tim Roth and Richard Dreyfuss in the Tom Stoppard comedy Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. He also played Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspected assassin of John F. Kennedy, in Oliver Stone's 1991 drama JFK.
Oldman is best known portraying villains. Throughout the 1990s, he made appearances as villains in several blockbusters including Dracula (1992) with Anthony Hopkins; Leon (1994) with Jean Reno; Air Force One (1997) with Harrison Ford; The Fifth Element (1997) with Bruce Willis; and Lost in Space (1998) with William Hurt.
Having become acquainted with Matt LeBlanc on the set of Lost in Space, Oldman agreed to appear in a 2001 episode of the sitcom "Friends". The memorable two-part episode "The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding" featured a much talked-about spitting scene between Oldman and LeBlanc, after Oldman's character claimed that "real" actors spat on each other when they enunciated. For his role, Oldman earned an Emmy Award nomination.
In 2003, he was cast as Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; he reprised the role in the following two films. And in 2005, he co-starred in Christopher Nolan's "Batman" reboot Batman Begins as James Gordon. He played Gordon a second time in the 2008 Oscar winning sequel The Dark Knight.
In 2009, Oldman played the roles of Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol, and in 2010, he played the role of Carnegie in The Book of Eli with Denzel Washington.
In 2011, Oldman reprised the role of Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. He also played George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (with John Hurt, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds, Simon McBurney, and Roger Lloyd-Pack), for which he earned the first Academy Award nomination of his career.
- Oldman has been married four times, first to British actress Lesley Manville (who co-starred with Jim Broadbent, Shirley Henderson, and Timothy Spall in the film Topsy-Turvy) and most famously to Oscar-nominated actress Uma Thurman—who co-starred with Ralph Fiennes in The Avengers—from 1990 to 1992. Since 2008, he has been married to Alexandra Edenborough.
- He has three sons from two other marriages: Alfie (b. 1988) from his marriage to Lesley Manville, and Gulliver (b. 1997) and Charlie (b. 1999) from his marriage to Donya Fiorentino.
Behind the scenes
- Gary gave Daniel Radcliffe a bass guitar as a gift when they first met.
|2014||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes|
|RoboCop||Dr. Dennett Norton|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Jim Gordon|
|2011||Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy||George Smiley||Academy Award nomination for Best Leading Actor|
BAFTA Award nomination for Best Leading Actor
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2||Sirius Black|
|Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom||Voice of Lord Shen|
|Red Riding Hood||Father Solomon|
|Guns, Girls and Gambling||Elvis|
|2010||Criminal Empire for Dummy's||Unknown|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops||Voice of Sgt. Reznov|
Voice of Dr. Clarke
|The Book of Eli||Carnegie|
|2009||Planet 51||Voice of General Grawl||Animated|
|A Christmas Carol||Bob Cratchit/Marley/Tiny Tim||A 3-D film that was produced through the process of performance capture.|
|Rain Fall||William Holtzer|
|The Unborn||Rabbi Sendak|
|2008||Call of Duty: World at War||Voice of Sgt. Reznov||Video game|
|The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon||Voice of Ignitus|
|The Dark Knight||Jim Gordon|
|2007||The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night||Voice of Ignitus||Video game|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Sirius Black|
|2006||The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning||Voice of Ignitus||Video game|
|2005||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Sirius Black|
|Batman Begins||Jim Gordon|
|2004||Who's Kyle?||Scouse||Short film|
|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Sirius Black|
|True Crime: Streets of LA||Voice of Rocky, Agent Masterson||Video game|
|Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead||Voice of Sgt. Jack Barnes||Video game|
|2002||Beat the Devil||Devil||Short film|
|Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road||O.W. Grant|
|2001||Friends (TV series)||Richard Crosby||2 episodes|
The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding: Part 1
The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding: Part 2
Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|Nobody's Baby||Buford Bill|
|2000||The Contender||Shelly Runyon|
|1999||Jesus||Pontius Pilate||TV movie|
|Tracey Takes On... (TV series)||Hairdresser||1 episode|
|1998||The fifth Element (Video game)||Voice of Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg|
|Quest for Camelot||Voice of Ruber||Animated|
|Lost in Space||Dr Zachary Smith/Spider Smith|
|1997||Air Force One||Ivan Korshunov|
|The Fifth Element||Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg|
|Nil by Mouth||Writer/director/producer||BAFTA Award for Best British Film|
BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay - Original
|1995||The Scarlet Letter||Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale|
|Murder in the First||Milton Glenn|
|1994||Immortal Beloved||Ludwig van Beethoven|
|1993||Romeo Is Bleeding||Jack Grimaldi|
|True Romance||Drexl Spivey|
|Fallen Angels (TV series)||Pat Keiley||1 episode|
Dead End for Delia
|1992||Bram Stoker's Dracula||Count Dracula / Vlad III Draculea|
|1991||JFK||Lee Harvey Oswald|
|1990||Henry & June||Pop|
|State of Grace||Jackie Flannery|
|Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead||Rosencrantz|
|1989||Knots Landing (TV series)||Don Ross||1 episode|
|Criminal Law||Ben Chase|
|1988||We Think the World of You||Johnny|
|1987||Prick Up Your Ears||Joe Orton||BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor|
|1986-1991||Screen Two (TV series)||Bex Bissell / Derek Bates / Ian Tyson||3 episodes|
Heading Home (1991) - Ian Tyson
The Firm (1989) - Bex Bissell
Honest, Decent and True (1986) - Derek Bates
|1986||Sid and Nancy||Sid Vicious|
|1985||Summer Season||Gary||1 episode|
Rachel and the Roarettes
|1984||Morgan's Boy (TV series)||Collin||Unknown episodes|
|Dramarama (TV series)||Ben||1 episode|
On Your Tod