The Lady in the Van

Lists: Comedy, Drama

Brief Synopsis: "The true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years."

Overall Ranking: 1991 (Rank from 2015: # 114)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 40%
Half-Popped 60%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Sober Film Critic James Brown80 - The greatest comedy-dramas can turn on a dime from gut-busting humor to gut-wrenching heartaches. Director Nicholas Hytner's The Lady in the Van fits this bill.
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Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin70(full review)
Gorgon Reviews61(full review)
Dan O'Neill55(full review)
David Baruffi52(full review)

People Involved

  • Maggie Smith (Miss Shepherd)
  • Alex Jennings (Alan Bennett)
  • Frances de la Tour (Ursula Vaughan Williams)
  • Gwen Taylor (Mam)
  • Dominic Cooper (Theatre Actor)
  • James Corden (Street Trader)
  • Roger Allam (Rufus)
  • Samuel Anderson (Jehovahs Witness)
  • Dermot Crowley (Priest)
  • Jim Broadbent (Underwood)
  • Russell Tovey ()
  • Stephen Campbell Moore (Doctor)
  • Eleanor Matsuura (American Journalist)
  • Sacha Dhawan (Doctor Malik)
  • Samuel Barnett (Donald)
  • Marion Bailey (Convent Housekeeper)
  • Deborah Findlay (Pauline)
  • David Calder (Mr. Fairchild)
  • Elliot Levey (Director)
  • Jamie Parker (Estate Agent)
  • Geoffrey Streatfeild (Attractive Man)
  • Harriet Thorpe (Customer)
  • Rosalind Knight (Old Nun)
  • June Watson (Woman at Day Centre)
  • Pandora Colin (Mrs. Perry)
  • George Taylor (Policeman)
  • Richard Banks (Neighbour)
  • Tom Coulston (Smiling Pallbearer)
  • Aaron Neil (Grocer)
  • Jessica Bastick-Vines (Pauline and Rufus Daughter)
  • Cecilia Noble (Miss Briscoe)
  • Clare Hammond (Young Miss Shephard)
  • Sam McArdle (The Biker)
  • Giles Cooper (Passer-By)
  • Nicholas Hytner (Director)