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Wife. Mother. Criminal.
Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 45 wins & 35 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Imelda Staunton ... Vera

Richard Graham ... George

Eddie Marsan ... Reg
Anna Keaveney ... Nellie
Alex Kelly ... Ethel

Daniel Mays ... Sid

Phil Davis ... Stan

Lesley Manville ... Mrs. Wells

Sally Hawkins ... Susan

Simon Chandler ... Mr. Wells

Sam Troughton ... David

Marion Bailey ... Mrs. Fowler
Sandra Voe ... Vera's Mother

Chris O'Dowd ... Sid's Customer

Adrian Scarborough ... Frank

Heather Craney ... Joyce

Sinead Matthews ... Very Young Woman (as Sinéad Matthews)
Sid Mitchell ... Very Young Man

Leo Bill ... Ronny

Gerard Monaco ... Kenny

Ruth Sheen ... Lily
Tilly Vosburgh ... Mother of Seven

Alan Williams ... Sick Husband
Heather Cameron-McLintock ... Child (as Heather Cameron)
Billie Cook ... Child
Billy Seymour ... Child
Nina Fry ... Dance Hall Girl
Lauren Holden ... Dance Hall Girl

Elizabeth Berrington ... Cynical Lady

Emma Amos ... Cynical Lady

Fenella Woolgar ... Susan's Confidante
Joanna Griffiths ... Peggy
Wendy Nottingham ... Ivy
Nicky Henson ... Private Doctor

Allan Corduner ... Psychiatrist
Angie Wallis ... Nurse Willoughby
Judith Scott ... Sister Beech

Vinette Robinson ... Jamaican Girl

Rosie Cavaliero ... Married Woman

Lesley Sharp ... Jessie Barnes

Liz White ... Pamela Barnes

Anthony O'Donnell ... Mr. Walsh
Lucy Pleasance ... Sister Coombes
Tracy O'Flaherty ... Nurse

Peter Wight ... Det. Inspector Webster
Martin Savage ... Det. Sergeant Vickers
Helen Coker ... WPC Best

Tom Ellis ... Police Constable
Robert Putt ... Station Sergeant

Craig Conway ... Station Constable

Jake Wood ... Ruffian

Vincent Franklin ... Mr. Lewis
Michael Gunn ... Gaoler

Paul Jesson ... Magistrate
Paul Raffield ... Magistrate's Clerk

Jim Broadbent ... Judge
Philip Childs ... Clerk
Jeffry Wickham ... Prosecution Barrister

Nicholas Jones ... Defence Barrister
Stephan Dunbar ... Usher
Angela Curran ... Prisoner
Jane Wood ... Prisoner

Eileen Davies ... Prison Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hayley Angela Gilbert ... Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
Daniel Hatkoff ... Dancer (uncredited)
David House ... Dancer (uncredited)

David King ... Police Officer (uncredited)

James Payton ... Court Reporter (uncredited)

Georgie Smith ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sarah Strachan ... Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)

John Warman ... Policeman in Court (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Leigh 
Writing credits
Mike Leigh (written by)

Produced by
Simon Channing Williams .... producer
Gail Egan .... executive producer
Christine Gozlan .... executive producer
Robert Jones .... executive producer
Georgina Lowe .... co-producer
Duncan Reid .... executive producer
Alain Sarde .... producer
Original Music by
Andrew Dickson 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jim Clark 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
Art Direction by
Andrew Grant 
Ed Walsh 
Set Decoration by
John Bush 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Durran 
Makeup Department
Christine Blundell .... hair designer
Christine Blundell .... makeup designer
Charmaine Fuller .... makeup assistant
Julius Goosen .... makeup assistant
Nuria Mbomio .... crowd makeup/hair artist
Kerry Scourfield .... makeup artist
Lesa Warrener .... makeup artist
Julia Wilson .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Danielle Brandon .... production manager
Steve Harrow .... post-production supervisor
Steve Mason .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rob Burgess .... additional third assistant director (as Robert Burgess)
Sarah Coombs .... third assistant director
Merry Irwin .... third assistant director
Dan John .... second assistant director
Toby Leigh .... additional third assistant director
Samantha Smith McGrady .... additional third assistant director (as Samantha Smith)
Darren Price .... set third assistant director
Josh Robertson .... first assistant director
Nick Shuttleworth .... additional second assistant director
Hayley Williams .... second assistant director
Art Department
Peter Agbaba .... stagehand
Vince Bartlett .... props runaround (as Vince Bartlet)
Alan Briant .... prop storeman (as Alan D Briant)
Tanya Clark .... assistant art director
Mark Collisson .... construction manager
Hannastina Crick .... additional painter
Gary Davies .... stagehand
Ken Davy .... painter (as Ken Davey)
Jonathan Downing .... dressing props
Andrew Forrest .... stand-by props (as Andy Forrest)
Dave Hill .... carpenter
Richard Lloyd Jones .... dressing props
Rowanna Lacey .... art department assistant
Jo Littlejohn .... art department coordinator
Leon McCarthy .... stand-by carpenter
Richard Mills .... property master
Rebecca Neville .... stand-by props
Justin Overhill .... stand-by painter
Marko Pavlovic .... additional painter (as Marko Pavolic)
Gary Peed .... dressing props
Joseph Raynes .... additional painter
Tom Read .... stand-by art director
Don Santos .... dressing props
Terry Stinson .... dressing props
Andrew 'Monty' Wilson .... dressing props
Rhona Wilson .... production buyer
Sound Department
Georgina Adams .... trainee: FT2
Tom Barrow .... sound assistant
Chris Burdon .... re-recording mixer
Peter Burgess .... foley walker (as Pete Burgess)
Paul Carr .... adr mixer
Andie Derrick .... foley walker (as Andi Derrick)
Robert Farr .... foley mixer
Tim Fraser .... sound recordist
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Loveday Harding .... sound maintenance
Zane Hayward .... sound effects editor
Adrian Rhodes .... re-recording mixer
Nigel Stone .... supervising sound editor
John Warhurst .... sound editor
Denise Yarde .... additional boom operator
Doug Cooper .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Sally Clayton .... production supervisor: Digital Cinema at VTR
Mike Fraser .... consultant: Digital Cinema at VTR
Safiya Gili .... combustion artist: Digital Cinema at VTR (as Saffia Ravat)
Danny Pagan .... data coordinator: Digital Cinema at VTR
Rod Shelton .... producer: Digital Cinema at VTR
James Tillett .... film recording supervisor: Digital Cinema at VTR
Laurent Treherne .... data supervisor: Digital Cinema at VTR
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucy Bristow .... second camera operator
Lee Eldred .... electrician
Avelino Fernandez .... electrician
Neil Flaherty .... trainee: FT2
John Hanks .... additional rigger
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Brian Miller .... generator operator
Les Mills .... additional rigger
Matthew Moffat .... gaffer
Andy Ormesher .... stand-by rigger
Dick Pope .... camera operator
James Scott .... second assistant camera
Gordon Segrove .... first assistant camera
Dan Shoring .... second assistant camera
Martin Smith .... best boy
Colin Strachan .... grip
Joe McGee .... practical electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rosalie Clayton .... casting assistant
Tamara Gillon .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Alford .... costume maker
Sue Bradbear .... seamstress (as Sue Bradbeer)
Sallyann Dicksee .... costume assistant (as Sally Ann Dicksee)
Julia Dollimore .... costume assistant
Charlotte Finlay .... costume supervisor
Andrew Fletcher .... costume assistant
Frank Gallacher .... costume assistant
Laura Grace .... wardrobe mistress
Jenny Hawkins .... costume assistant
Steve Hyams .... costume assistant
Sophie Lambe .... costume assistant (as Sophie Finlay)
Gabriella Loria .... costume buyer
Sara Meek .... costume assistant
Helen O'Donnell .... costume design assistant (as Helen Mattocks)
Jane Petrie .... costume assistant
Gaetano Speranza .... assistant costume designer
Rachele Verrecchia .... costume assistant
Celia Yau .... stand-by costume assistant
Camille Benda .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gavin Buckley .... first assistant editor
Clive Noakes .... color grader
Tom Russell .... colourist: Digital Cinema at VTR
Steve Farman .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Tom Russell .... digital intermediate colourist (uncredited)
Neil Stenhouse .... rushes operator (uncredited)
Location Management
Mandy Edwards .... location assistant
Ali James .... location scout
Neil Lee .... location manager
Matthew Woolf .... location scout
Henry Woolley .... location manager
Music Department
Ben Bevan .... vocal coordinator
Nick Bicât .... conductor
Helen Keen .... musician: bass flute
Fiesta Mei Ling .... music preparation
Gerry O'Riordan .... music engineer
Step Parikian .... music supervisor
Lucy Wakeford .... musician: harp
Rosemary Warren-Green .... musician: viola
Stacey Watton .... musician: double bass
Transportation Department
Glen Anderson .... driver: costume vehicle
Kevin Bennett .... driver: minibus
Luke Chisholm .... driver: camera/grips (as Luke Chisolm)
Dave Coker .... driver: props
Martyn Giles .... unit driver
John McMeekin .... driver: construction department
Mark Williams .... unit driver
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Alison Brister .... liaison: Ingenious Films
Claire Broughton .... assistant to producer
Danny Brown .... facilities captain
Judith Chan .... liaison: Ingenious Films
Dom Channing-Williams .... production runner (as Dominic Channing Williams)
Terry Charman .... advisor: world war II
Graham Easton .... completion bond: Film Finance Ltd.
Jonathan Evans .... advisor: medical history
Will Evans .... liaison: The UK Film Council
Jeffrey Gordon .... advisor: legal history
Vince Holden .... liaison: The UK Film Council
John Jaggon .... liaison: Ingenious Films
Paula Jalfon .... liaison: Ingenious Films
Francesca Jaynes .... choreographer
Victoria King .... solicitor: Richards Butler
Rowan Laidlaw .... additional runner
David Lewisohn .... solicitor: Richards Butler
Clive Loveless .... advisor: motor car
Andrew MacLean .... assistant accountant
Sarah McBryde .... production coordinator
Justin Miller .... assistant accountant
Fiona Morham .... liaison: The UK Film Council
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Brock Norman Brock .... liaison: The UK Film Council
Richard Philipps .... solicitor: Richards Butler
Jonathan Rutter .... publicist: McDonald & Rutter
Roger Sampson .... insurance: Aon/Albert G. Ruben
Alain Sarde .... presenter
Joy Scott .... additional runner
Ray Seal .... advisor: police history
Heather Storr .... script supervisor
Peter Touche .... liaison: Ingenious Films
Will Tyler .... production accountant
Doug Vale .... unit medic
Tamara Walsh .... trainee: FT2
Lucy Whitton .... researcher
Richard Rowntree .... assistant: Steve Harrow (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vera Drake" - France
"El secreto de Vera Drake" - Argentina, Spain
"Το Μυστικό της Vera Drake" - Greece
"Bера Дрейк" - Russia
"Dve tváre Very Drake" - Slovakia
"Hemsire" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Il segreto di Vera Drake" - Italy
"O Segredo de Vera Drake" - Brazil
"To mystiko tis Vera Drake" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Vera Drake" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Vera Drake" - Finland (Swedish title) (imdb display title)
"Vera Drake" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Vera Drake" - Spain (Catalan title)
"Vera Drake" - Slovenia (imdb display title)
"Vera Drake" - Poland
"Vera Drake - Zena dvou tvárí" - Czech Republic
"Vera Draken salaisuus" - Finland (TV title)
"Vera Drakes hemmelighed" - Denmark
"Vera Drejk" - Serbia (imdb display title)
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Rated R for depiction of strong thematic material
125 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-11 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (f) | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:AL | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich) | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:12A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2005) | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

When Daniel Mays was developing his character, he initially used a lot of obscenities in his speech because he thought that was how a young working-class man like Sid would speak. Mike Leigh advised him that in 1950 a boy like Sid definitely would not have routinely used obscenities, especially around women and his family.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Vera's sister-in-law Joyce says she wants a washing machine which costs "25 pounds." Until decimalization in 1971, most luxury goods, like washing machines and men's suits, were priced in guineas, not pounds (one guinea = one pound one shilling, or one pound five pence in decimal). Some stores, particularly those wishing to appeal to the middle class or aspiring to a degree of 'poshness', priced items in pounds. Throughout the 1960s most domestic items were priced in pounds, shillings, and pence. Services and professions continued to charge in guineas until much later. In the film, an abortion costs two guineas.See more »
[first lines]
Vera:Hello George, only me. How are you going today?
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Movie Connections:
Salut D'Amour (Liebesgruss), Op.12See more »


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107 out of 117 people found the following review useful.
a gem of a movie, 10 November 2004
Author: ikanboy from United States

Imelda Staunton is superb and is my bet for the Oscar unless some Hollywood Diva does another "out of character" performance. But she only shines because of the company she keeps.This is ensemble acting at it's finest. No melodramatics, no attempt to steal scenes,and the result is as honest as life itself. This is the way the British talked, almost always indirectly, hedging around issues rather than hitting them head on, and a slave to mannered behavior. Understate, understate, understate.

Having lived in England from 1952 to 1959, and having married someone who was British who grew up during the war and it's aftermath this movie was like "a bit of old home." My mother employed "char ladies" like Vera, although we were "upper middle class" rather than "upper." The class differences were quite distinct in those days, and often determined by accent. What this movie shows is not only the average life of a "lower class" family but the options forced on them that were different from those in the higher brackets of society.

As anyone should know by know the movie is about illegal abortion in a rigid

puritanical society. Illegal, that is, for those without means, but quite available to those who could grease the wheels of the medical establishment who had "legal" ways around the law. In other words if Roe v. Wade goes then Vera's will pop up again.

There is no attempt to make a statement for or against abortion. As Mike Leigh has said: abortion has been in every society for thousands of years. The Vera Drake's who have lived could populate a small city. What this movie does do is emphasize that the Vera's were/are common average people not quasi criminals lurking behind the curtains of some seedy back alley shack, and that legislating morality never addresses the often harsh reality of human society.

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