UK Directors

by rainmark | created - 12 Sep 2012 | updated - 01 Feb 2013 | Public

1. Jon Amiel

Director | Copycat

After studies in English literature, Jon Amiel graduated from Cambridge University and ran the Oxford and Cambridge Shakespeare Company, which often toured the USA. He became the Hampstead Theatre Company's literary manager and began directing there, relocating to the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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2. Andrea Arnold

Director | American Honey

Andrea Arnold was born on April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England as Andrea P. Arnold. She is an actress and director, known for American Honey (2016), Fish Tank (2009) and Red Road (2006).

3. Richard Ayoade

Writer | Submarine

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty ...

4. Otto Bathurst

Director | Robin Hood

Otto Bathurst was born in June 1971 in Hammersmith, London, England as Otto Benjamin Charles Bathurst. He is a director and assistant director, known for Robin Hood (2018), Peaky Blinders (2013) and Black Mirror (2011).

5. J Blakeson

Director | The 5th Wave

J Blakeson is a director and writer, known for The 5th Wave (2016), The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009) and The Descent: Part 2 (2009).

6. James Bobin

Writer | Muppets Most Wanted

James Bobin was born in 1972 in Hampshire, England. He is a writer and director, known for Muppets Most Wanted (2014), The Muppets (2011) and Flight of the Conchords (2007).

7. Danny Boyle

Director | 127 Hours

Danny Boyle was born on October 20, 1956 in Manchester, England as Daniel Boyle. He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

8. Kenneth Branagh

Actor | Henry V

Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family ...

9. Simon Cellan Jones

Director | Our Friends in the North

Simon Cellan Jones is known for his work on Our Friends in the North (1996), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) and Some Voices (2000).

10. Justin Chadwick

Director | The First Grader

Justin Chadwick was born on December 1, 1968 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. He is a director and actor, known for The First Grader (2010), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) and Bleak House (2005).

11. S.J. Clarkson

Director | Life on Mars

S.J. Clarkson is a director and writer, known for Life on Mars (2006), Jessica Jones (2015) and Orange Is the New Black (2013).

12. Nigel Cole

Director | Saving Grace

Nigel Cole was born in 1959 in Launceston, Cornwall, England. He is a director and actor, known for Saving Grace (2000), A Lot Like Love (2005) and Calendar Girls (2003). He has been married to Kate Isitt since January 1, 2000. They have two children. He was previously married to Sally Brampton.

13. Paddy Considine

Actor | Dead Man's Shoes

Paddy (Patrick) Considine was born on September 5, 1974 in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire in the U.K. As a teenager, Considine studied a drama course at Burton College where he met with now friend and director Shane Meadows, who cast Considine in his first role in a feature film as the disturbed ...

14. Eran Creevy

Director | Welcome to the Punch

Won Best Dance Video at the UK Music Video Awards 2008 for Utah Saints' music video Something Good 08.

15. John Crowley

Director | Brooklyn

John Crowley was born on August 19, 1969 in Cork, Ireland. He is a director, known for Brooklyn (2015), Boy A (2007) and Intermission (2003). He is married to Fiona Weir. They have one child.

16. Simon Curtis

Producer | My Week with Marilyn

Simon Curtis began his directing career at the Royal Court Theatre, where he was Deputy Director to Max Stafford Clark and director of the Theatre Upstairs. His many productions there included the world premiere of Jim Cartwright's ROAD, which transferred to the Lincoln Center, New York. He has ...

17. Stephen Daldry

Director | The Hours

In 1989, Stephen Daldry worked as a freelance reader of unsolicited manuscripts for Literary Manager Nicholas Wright in the Scripts Department at the Royal National Theatre. In July of that year, he directed a Dadaist/expressionist production of "Judgement Day," a play by Odon von Horvath, at the ...

18. Terence Davies

Director | The House of Mirth

Terence Davies was born on November 10, 1945 in Liverpool, England. He is a director and writer, known for The House of Mirth (2000), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and A Quiet Passion (2016).

19. Yann Demange

Director | '71

Yann Demange was born in 1977 in Paris, France. He is a director and producer, known for '71 (2014), Top Boy (2011) and Dead Set (2008).

20. Saul Dibb

Director | The Duchess

Son of documentary maker Michael Dibb.

21. Andy De Emmony

Director | Father Ted

Andy De Emmony is a director and assistant director, known for Father Ted (1995), Cutting It (2002) and Canterbury Tales (2003).

22. Richard Eyre

Director | Notes on a Scandal

Richard Eyre was born on March 28, 1943 in Barnstaple, Devon, England as Richard Charles Hastings Eyre. He is a director and producer, known for Notes on a Scandal (2006), Iris (2001) and Stage Beauty (2004). He has been married to Sue Birtwistle since 1973.

23. Marc Evans

Director | My Little Eye

Marc Evans was born in 1963 in Wales. He is a director and writer, known for My Little Eye (2002), Snow Cake (2006) and House of America (1997).

24. Julian Farino

Director | Entourage

Julian Farino was born and raised in London and educated at Cambridge University. He began directing film documentaries at Granada Television in England, including One of the Girls about drag queens in Manchester and The Gift based on the famous Chethams College of Music. They Call Us Nutters was a...

25. Ralph Fiennes

Actor | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus ...

26. Stephen Frears

Director | Dangerous Liaisons

Stephen Frears was born on June 20, 1941 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Stephen Arthur Frears. He is a director and producer, known for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Philomena (2013) and The Queen (2006). He has been married to Anne Rothenstein since 1992. They have two children. He was ...

27. Jonathan Glazer

Director | Under the Skin

Jonathan Glazer was born on March 26, 1965 in London, England. He is a director and writer, known for Under the Skin (2013), Birth (2004) and Sexy Beast (2000).

28. Paul Greengrass

Director | United 93

Paul Greengrass started his filmmaking career with a super 8 camera he found in his art room in secondary school. Those short movies were animation horror films he made using old dolls, artist dummies, and the general art room clutter.

After studying in Cambridge University he got into Granada ...

29. Paul McGuigan

Director | Lucky Number Slevin

Paul McGuigan was born on September 19, 1963 in Bellshill, Scotland. He is a director and producer, known for Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Wicker Park (2004) and Victor Frankenstein (2015).

30. Michael Grandage

Director | Genius

Michael Grandage was born in 1962. He is an actor and director, known for Genius (2016), Photograph 51 and Guys and Dolls.

31. Tom Harper

Director | War & Peace

Tom Harper is a BAFTA nominated British film and television director, writer and producer. He was born and brought up in North London.

Harper began his career making short films. He wrote and directed his break out short film, Cubs, in 2006 about urban fox hunting. He then moved on to direct a range...