LESLEY Manville’s character in Harlots is the gift that keeps on giving.
The celebrated actor, famous for her work in Mike Leigh films including Another Year, is relishing the chance to play nasty brothel owner Lydia Quigley in the British period drama.
Harlots is set in 1763 when one in five women in London make a living selling sex. There is even a book, The Covent Garden Ladies, which rates prostitutes.
The series centres on a rivalry between Quigley and another brothel owner, Margaret Wells, played by Samantha Morton (Minority Report)
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