Gary Leonard Oldman (born 21 March 1958) is a British actor, writer, director, producer, voice-over artist and occasional musician who found fame in roles such as Sid Vicious in 1986 biopic Sid & Nancy and the title character of the 1992 blockbuster Dracula. He has garnered critical acclaim for his diverse performances and portrayals of real-life historical figures and is noted for his avoidance of the Hollywood celebrity scene, often being referred to as an "actor's actor". Oldman is well known for playing the main villain in a number of popular motion pictures.
After coming to prominence for his portrayal of Sid Vicious (which was later ranked #62 in Premiere magazine's "100 Greatest Performances of All Time"), Oldman increased his profile during the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s via starring roles in cult successes such as Prick Up Your Ears, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and State of Grace, with Janet Maslin referring to his work as "phenomenal" and Roger Ebert calling him "the best young British actor around." He found greater mainstream exposure when he landed the role of Lee Harvey Oswald in 1991 blockbuster JFK. Since leading Dracula the following year, he has