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The raucous early days of portraying The Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious (Sid And Nancy) and much-loved playwright Joe Orton (Prick Up Your Ears).

Revelling in 1990’s villainy in the likes of Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element and Leon, alongside Wolfgang Petersen’s Air Force One as Harrison Ford demanded him to get off his plane.

Solidifying his blockbuster and universal appeal as Commissioner Gordon and Sirius Black in ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy and ‘Harry Potter’ series. Gary Oldman has been a commanding and truly outstanding on-screen presence for three decades.

Up next in Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’ which is released in January 2018 where he will play Winston Churchill, it has been confirmed today that he will be this year’s recipient of the Variety Award, at this year’s British Independent Film Awards.

Taking place on Sunday 10th December, the Variety Award looks to recognise an actor, director, writer or producer who has had a significant impact across the world, whilst harnessing the focus on the UK film industry. In recent years, the likes of Kate Winslet, Naomie Harris and Benedict Cumberbatch have been recipients of the award.

The nominations of the 2017 BIFA’s which will mark the 20th anniversary of the awards, will be announced on 1st November.