The Lady in the Van

Were you planning on staying long?

    The Lady in the Van Synopsis

    A big screen adaptation of writer Alan Bennett’s iconic and celebrated memoir, directed by long-standing Bennett collaborator Nicholas Hytner.

    The film tells 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. Their unique story is funny, poignant and life-affirming. 

    Maggie Smith has been nominated for a BAFTA for Leading Actress, and a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.

    Maggie Smith winner of Best Actress at London's Evening Standard Film Awards.

    News and Views



    Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Frances de la Tour, Jim Broadbent, Deborah Findlay, Roger Allam, Gwen Taylor


    Nicholas Hytner


    Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones, Kevin Loader


    Alan Bennett

    Executive Producers:

    Miles Ketley, Charles Moore, Christine Langan, Ed Wethered

    Sales agent:

    Sony Pictures


    Sony Pictures

    Credits summary:

    TriStar Pictures and BBC Films present



    Running time:

    104 mins

    Release Dates


    13 November 2015

    Out on DVD

    7 March 2016

    Broadcast on

    24 December 2016

    Related Links