Gary Oldman, 64, reveals plans to RETIRE

‘I’d be very happy to go out after Slow Horses’: Gary Oldman, 64, reveals plans to RETIRE after playing Jackson Lamb as he says he has aspirations other than acting

  • Gary told of his desire to ‘hang up’ his acting boots and focus on ‘other interests’
  • He spoke of his plans during a new interview which will no doubt upset fans
  • Gary said: ‘I’m 65 next year, 70 is around the corner. I don’t want to be active when I’m 80’

Gary Oldman has revealed he plans to retire when his role in Slow Horses comes to an end as he says he doesn’t want to be ‘active’ in his eighties.

The actor, 64, made the admission in a new interview, as he told of his desire to ‘hang up’ his acting boots and focus on ‘other interests’ in later life.

Speaking to The Times, Gary, who has played pivotal characters from Winston Churchill to Sid Vicious, said: ‘I’m 65 next year, 70 is around the corner. I don’t want to be active when I’m 80.’

Referencing his current role in spy drama Slow Horses, Gary said: ‘I’d be very happy and honoured and privileged to go out as Jackson Lamb — and then hang it up.’

End of an era: Gary Oldman has revealed he plans to retire when his role in Slow Horses comes to an end as he says he doesn't want to be 'active' in his eighties

End of an era: Gary Oldman has revealed he plans to retire when his role in Slow Horses comes to an end as he says he doesn’t want to be ‘active’ in his eighties

Clearly thankful for the rise of his Hollywood star, Gary said: ‘I’ve had an enviable career, but careers wane, and I do have other things that interest me outside of acting. When you’re young you think you’re going to get round to doing all of them — read that book — then the years go by.’

The three-time BAFTA Award winner has been in the industry for four decades and can currently be seen in Apple TV+ series, Slow Horses.

Gary’s retirement U-turn comes just months after he revealed he feels ‘addicted to working’, and had no plans to ‘pack it in’ anytime soon.

Moving on: The actor, 64, made the admission in a new interview, as he told of his desire to 'hang up' his acting boots and focus on 'other interests' in later life

Moving on: The actor, 64, made the admission in a new interview, as he told of his desire to ‘hang up’ his acting boots and focus on ‘other interests’ in later life

Gary, who plays the group’s leader, said he feels an affinity with Jackson because, while the character wants to walk away to his life, he can’t because he is too attached.

Speaking on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio on Thursday, Gary said: ‘I think that Lamb gives the impression to the world that he doesn’t care, and maybe, just maybe, he cares more than most.

‘He might be trying to pack it all in. He is sort of treading water and watching the clock until retirement. 

Role of a lifetime: In 2018, Gary swept the awards boards, bagging Best Actor gongs at the Oscars, Golden Globes and and SAGs for his portrayal of Churchill in Darkest Hour

Role of a lifetime: In 2018, Gary swept the awards boards, bagging Best Actor gongs at the Oscars, Golden Globes and and SAGs for his portrayal of Churchill in Darkest Hour

‘But like a lot of us who maybe have occasionally felt like walking away and packing it all in, we’re sort of addicted to what we do.’

Slow Horses is based on the 2010 novel of the same name by Mick Herron, and follows a team of British intelligence agents who are now working in the dumping ground department of M15 after making some career-ending mistakes. 

Gary’s acting career will go down in history and he is currently the tenth highest-grossing actor in the industry, the second Brit behind Michael Caine.

In 2018, Gary swept the awards boards, bagging Best Actor gongs at the Oscars, Golden Globes and and SAGs for his portrayal of Churchill in Darkest Hour.

At the time he said it was an ‘honour in itself’ to be recognised for playing the iconic Conservative wartime Prime Minister.

Punk: One of his most notable early films was his role as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy, sending his name into stratospheric stardom

Punk: One of his most notable early films was his role as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy, sending his name into stratospheric stardom

Gary is known for his ‘versatile and intense’ acting style and his films have grossed over $11billion worldwide.

The star’s acting career began on the stage, as he started his in the theatre in 1979 before making his film debut in Reembrace (1979).

One of his most notable early films was his role as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy, sending his name into stratospheric stardom.

Other roles include Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) and a gang leader in The Firm (1989).

Gary took on iconic villainous roles in True Romance (1993), The Fifth Element (1997), and Air Force One (1997).

Léon: The Professional (1994), saw him take on the role of corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA] agent Norman Stansfield, who was later dubbed once of cinema’s best ever villains.

Big money franchise roles in Blockbusters including Harry Potter as Sirius Black and Batman as police commissioner James Gordon meant Gary was able to take 10 years out of acting to be at home with his children.

Although he didn’t scoop any awards for the role, the part which is deemed is ‘best’ is as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).

Big roles: Big money franchise roles in Blockbusters including Harry Potter as Sirius Black and Batman as police commissioner James Gordon (pictured) meant Gary was able to take 10 years out of acting to be at home with his children

Big roles: Big money franchise roles in Blockbusters including Harry Potter as Sirius Black and Batman as police commissioner James Gordon (pictured) meant Gary was able to take 10 years out of acting to be at home with his children

As well as his role as Lamb in Slow Horses, Gary has also graced the smaller screen in series such as Fallen Angels and Tracey Takes On. 

He has also done voiceover work for Ignitius and Viktor Reznov respectively in the Legend of Spyro and Call Of Duty video games.

The star no doubt hopes to spend his twilight years with his fifth wife Gisele Schmidt, who he married five yeas in 2017.

Gary was married to Lesley Manville between 1987 and 1990, Uma Thurman from 1990 through 1992, Donya Fiorentino from 1997 until 2001 and Alexandra Edenborough between 2008 and 2015. 

Married life: The star no doubt hopes to spend his twilight years with his fifth wife Gisele Schmidt, who he married five yeas in 2017

Married life: The star no doubt hopes to spend his twilight years with his fifth wife Gisele Schmidt, who he married five yeas in 2017

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