Lesley Manville says ageing naturally is important while playing Princess Margaret in The Crown

Lesley Manville, 66, says ageing naturally is important to her because she ‘needs her forehead to move’ while playing ‘untouched’ characters like Princess Margaret in The Crown

Lesley Manville revealed ageing naturally is important to her because she ‘needs her forehead to move’ while playing older characters.

The actress, 66, who plays Princess Margaret in the Crown, explained how her ‘job is to play the faces that were untouched by needles and surgery’.

Speaking at the Bazaar At Work Summit 2022 at the Kimpton Fitzroy London hotel in Bloomsbury, Lesley wore a glamorous brown midi dress with a V-neckline as she discussed the ageing process with regards to her job. 

'This face is a result of all my years of being here': Lesley Manville revealed ageing naturally is important to her because she 'needs her forehead to move' while playing older characters

‘This face is a result of all my years of being here’: Lesley Manville revealed ageing naturally is important to her because she ‘needs her forehead to move’ while playing older characters

She said: ‘We don’t want to get older because we want to keep having our life and we don’t want to feel older. But my job is to play, for example, Ada Harrison and Princess Margaret. 

‘They have faces that were untouched by needles and surgery, and how can I be one of those women if I’m looking like something else? I need my forehead to move.

‘Who I am when I’m not acting is very important to me. This face is a result of all my years of being here, and I don’t want to change them.’

Amazing: The actress, 66, who play's Princess Margaret in the Crown, explained how her 'job is to play the faces that were untouched by needles and surgery'

Amazing: The actress, 66, who play’s Princess Margaret in the Crown, explained how her ‘job is to play the faces that were untouched by needles and surgery’

Looking good: Speaking at the Bazaar At Work Summit 2022 at the Kimpton Fitzroy London hotel in Bloomsbury, Lesley donned a glamorous brown midi dress with a V-neckline (pictured with Harper's Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Lydia Slater)

Looking good: Speaking at the Bazaar At Work Summit 2022 at the Kimpton Fitzroy London hotel in Bloomsbury, Lesley donned a glamorous brown midi dress with a V-neckline (pictured with Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Lydia Slater)

The award winning star admitted she ‘adored’ playing Princess Margaret in the hit Netflix show ‘because she didn’t care’ what others thought. 

She continued: ‘Some actors say they need to love their characters, and I’ve never felt that, but I do absolutely adore her because she didn’t care. 

‘She was a free-spirited, outspoken, candid woman who was sometimes a bit more acerbic than she should have been. But she was also lonely, she didn’t have a lifelong partner, and there was a grief that stayed with her. I also love the fact that she wanted a whisky at 11am.’

Lesley, who has appeared in over 50 films and TV shows, admitted she likes to ‘separate’ herself from the characters she plays to be able to enjoy life properly. 

She said: ‘We don’t want to get older because we want to keep having our life and we don’t want to feel older. But my job is to play the faces that were untouched by needles and surgery, and how can I be one of those women if I’m looking like something else? I need my forehead to move'

She said: ‘We don’t want to get older because we want to keep having our life and we don’t want to feel older. But my job is to play the faces that were untouched by needles and surgery, and how can I be one of those women if I’m looking like something else? I need my forehead to move’

The Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris star said: ‘I like separating the characters I played from me, because if I took some of them home I’d have a miserable life.’

Lesley spoke at the day-long conference aimed at professional women from all walks of life for a series of empowering talks, thought-provoking panel discussions, interactive workshops and unmissable networking opportunities.

Giving young woman in the industry advice she told the actresses to remain ‘strong’ because it is ‘difficult’. 

She said: ‘They need to be strong, autonomous and very single-minded to say, “This is what I know I need to do.” I think it’s very difficult. I would not swap [where I am] now with a 20 or 30 year old.’

'She was a free-spirited and outspoken': The award winning star admitted she 'adored' playing Princess Margaret in the hit Netflix show 'because she didn’t care' what others thought

‘She was a free-spirited and outspoken’: The award winning star admitted she ‘adored’ playing Princess Margaret in the hit Netflix show ‘because she didn’t care’ what others thought

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