Marion Bailey, one of the leading ladies of Handbagged at the Vaudeville Theatre, attended the premiere of her new film Mr. Turner in Cannes yesterday.
The actress is currently playing the Queen in the comedy Handbagged in the West End alongside Stella Gonet as Margaret Thatcher.
Moira Buffini’s acclaimed comedy Handbagged, which enjoyed a sell-out run at the Tricycle Theatre before moving into the West End, speculates on what the two most powerful women in the world, The Queen and Margarat Thatcher, talked about behind closed palace doors and features actresses playing both the younger and old Queen and Thatcher.
Marion is also starring in Mike Leigh’s new movie Mr Turner, a biopic about the British painter JMW Turner starring Timothy Spall. Bailey plays twice-widowed seaside landlady Sophia Booth (Marion Bailey), who eventually becomes Turner’s last mistress.
Bailey has worked with Leigh before, including his movie Vera Drake and Mike Leigh’s Grief at the National Theatre in 2011 and 2012. Her extensive stage credits include working at Chichester, the Bristol Old Vic, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal Court, the Old Vic and Hampstead Theatre.
Handbagged is booking until 2 August 2014 at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Mr. Turner by Mike Leigh is set for release in UK cinemas on 31 October 2014.
The Cannes Film Festival runs until the 25 May 2014.
Marion Bailey at the Cannes premiere of Mr Turner