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The Lady in the Van (2015)

Releasing at Novembe 13, 2015 in theaters.

Biography, Comedy, Drama

The Lady in the Van is comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner, and starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings, based on the memoir of the same name created by Alan Bennett. It was written by Bennett. It primiered firstly on Toronto International Film Festival at September 12, 2015.

The film tells the true story of Alan Bennett’s somewhat strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, a crabby, eccentric and unsanitary homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home “for three months.” She ended up residing there for 15 years. As the story develops, Bennett learns Miss Shepherd’s true identity: Margaret Fairchild, a gifted former pupil of the pianist Alfred Cortot.

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Writers: Alan Bennett

Stars: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Deborah Findlay, Roger Allam, Pandora Colin, Richard Griffiths


Maggie SmithMiss Shepherd
Jim BroadbentUnderwood
Clare HammondYoung Margaret Fairchild
George FentonConductor
BBC Concert OrchestraThe British Symphony Orchestra
Alex JenningsAlan Bennett
Jamie ParkerEstate Agent
Deborah FindlayPauline
Roger AllamRufus
Richard GriffithsSam Perry
Pandora ColinFiona Perry
Nicholas BurnsGiles Perry
Dominic CooperActor
Giles CooperPasser by
Tom KlenermanTom Perry
Gwen TaylorMam
Frances de la TourMrs Vaughan Williams
Claire FoyLois, Social Worker
James CordenMarket Trader
George TaylorPoliceman
David CalderLeo Fairchild
Eleanor MatsuuraInterviewer
Selina CadellLady Wiggin
Charlie HancockMen Shaking Van
Dan RazaMen Shaking Van
Dermot CrowleyPriest
Clive MerrisonMan in Confessional
Samuel BarnettOut of Work Actor
Russell ToveyYoung Man with Earring
Samuel AndersonJehovah’s Witnesses
Michelle ReidJehovah’s Witnesses
Sam SpruellAnother Young Man
Rosalind KnightOld Nun
Elliot LeveyTheatre Director
Sarah LiebersonStage Manager
Cecilia NobleMiss Briscoe, Social Worker
Hannah WatsonBroadstairs Pianist
Linda BroughtonEdith Fairchild
Stephen Campbell MooreDoctor at Old Peoples Home
Marion BaileyHousekeeper at Convent
Sacha DhawanDoctor at Gloucester Crescent
Andrew KnottAmbulance Man
Lorna BrownDay Care Centre Worker
June WatsonWoman in Day Centre
Sam McArdleBiker
Tony Van SilvaGod
Geoffrey StreatfeildAlan’s Partner
Alan BennettAlan Bennett (2014)
Freddie AugustMusician
Richard BanksNeighbour
Jessica Bastick-VinesPauline and Rufus’ Daughter
Bern CollaçoConcert Attendee
Tom CoulstonSmiling Pallbearer
Edward Heath(archive footage)
Michael HennessyPasserby
Janette SharpePasserby
Sam ShoubberMarket Seller
Tina SimmonsNosy Neighbour
Margaret Thatcher(archive footage)


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