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Birth Name: Mike Leigh
Born: 02/20/1943
Birth Place: Lancashire, England, GB

Mike Leigh was born on Feb. 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England to Alfred Abraham Leigh, a doctor, and Phyllis Pauline Leigh. His grandfather was a Russian immigrant. Leigh's early years were spent at various film schools and universities in London, England, including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Camberwell School of Art, the London International School of Film Technique, and the Central School of Art and Design. In 1973, Leigh married actress Alison Steadman, whom he met at East 15 Acting School and directed in his films "Life is Sweet" and "Topsy Turvy" (1999). The couple had two children, Toby and Leo, before they divorced in 2001.

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