The Lady In The Van. Image shows from L to R: Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings). Copyright: BBC Films.

The Lady In The Van

2015 British comedy film about an old woman with a secret. Stars Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam and others.

The Lady In The Van. Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith). Copyright: BBC Films.

The Lady In The Van

The Lady In The Van is a drama based on real events, about a vagrant who the playwright Alan Bennett allowed to park her van in his driveway, where she lived for fifteen years

Genre
Film
Released
2015
Starring
Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Deborah Findlay, Gwen Taylor, Pandora Colin and others
Writer
Alan Bennett
Director
Nicholas Hytner
Producers
Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones, Kevin Loader, Miles Ketley, Charles Moore, Christine Langan and Ed Wethered

A mostly true story.

Miss Shepherd was a woman of uncertain origins who "temporarily" parked her van in Alan Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Secretive, crotchety and nervous, her presence was soon felt not just by Alan but by all of those who knew him. What began as a begrudged favour became a relationship that would change both their lives.

Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd actually lived.

This film was not originally promoted as a comedy, but has been labelled as one by many parties since its original release so is included on British Comedy Guide for completeness and to avoid confusion.

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