Mike Leigh, OBE (born 20 February 1943) is an English screenwriter, movie director and actor. His best known movies are Life Is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993), Secrets & Lies (1996), Career Girls (1997), Topsy-Turvy (1999), All or Nothing (2002), and Vera Drake (2004).
Leigh was born in Brocket Hall, Welwyn, Hertfordshire. He was bought up in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire. He is Jewish. He was married to actress Alison Steadman from 1973 until they divorced in 2001. They have two sons, Toby and Leo. Leigh lives in Camden, London.