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Gary Oldman

The actor on how he transformed into Winston Churchill for Darkest Hour and what people today can learn from the wartime leader’s example

What appealed to you about playing Winston Churchill? For me there was a personal element. My mother lived through the Blitz, in London. My father was in the Royal Navy and fought in World War II, so he was obviously under Winston’s command. So it felt like there was a connection. I remember, as a child growing up in London, thinking of Churchill as

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