Mike has two sons.
In 1993, Mike was made an OBE.
Mike was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director in 2004, for his movie "Vera Drake".
Mike Leigh: Given the choice of Hollywood or poking steel pins in my eyes, I'd prefer steel pins.
Mike Leigh: I remain the guy with no script, who is very unforthcoming about what the film will be about and who won't discuss casting, which is the biggest sin of all. I will not talk about a film, even if there is a massive budget, if there are strings attached about casting.
Mike Leigh: In terms of the way I do it and the things I try to say, there is absolutely no distinction between film and theater. There was a long period in the 1970s when I alternated between plays and films. But the real point is that I am much happier making films. Theater is fine when you do it. But film is my natural habitat.
Mike Leigh: But now I think I've been remarkably lucky to have made 17 full-length films in which nobody has interfered, ever.
Mike Leigh: I've long since stopped worrying about how I'm portrayed in the press because ultimately it's not that important. Everyone who knows me knows I do what I do with the greatest integrity.