Gary Oldman: 10 essential films

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On his 60th birthday and in the year of his Oscar triumph, we celebrate the career of New Cross boy and working-class hero Gary Oldman.

How apt that in the year the BFI launches its major season, Working Class Heroes, the Oscar for best actor should go to Millwall-supporting, New Cross boy done good, Gary Oldman. It’s testament to his rare skills as a performer that the actor who began his career taking on a series of rebellious icons would earn his first Oscar for playing Winston Churchill, an establishment totem if ever there was one.

The film in question was Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour (2017), the performance in keeping with Oldman’s never-knowingly-underplayed style of attack. He’s an actor who can disappear without something substantial to sink his teeth into (literally, in one case), but when matched with a stylistically attuned director – or one hard enough on the reins – the results prove electric.

There’s little doubting Oldman’s position as one of the finest actors of his generation, but if we’ve one hope for 2018, it’s that he finally gets his second project as director (a biopic of 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge) up and running, more than 20 years after his sensational debut.

On the occasion of his 60th birthday, we picked out 10 of the best places to sample his talent.