British Directors (Movies 2000- now)

by emeney1976 | created - 04 Mar 2013 | updated - 24 Mar 2013 | Public

A list of British Directors with some of the movies they have directed since the 2000

1. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Dunkirk

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.

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Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception amongst others

2. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

Since the year 2000 includes Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Prometheus

3. Guy Ritchie

Director | Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and ...

Snatch, RocknRolla, Sherlock Holmes, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

4. Tony Scott

Producer | Domino

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...

Man on Fire, Deja Vu, and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (all starred Denzel Washington)

5. Shane Meadows

Director | Dead Man's Shoes

Shane Meadows was born on December 26, 1972 in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England. He is a director and writer, known for Dead Man's Shoes (2004), This Is England (2006) and TwentyFourSeven (1997).

This is England, and Somerstown

6. Garth Jennings

Director | Sing

Garth Jennings was born in 1972 in Epping, Essex, England. He is a director and actor, known for Sing (2016), Son of Rambow (2007) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).

The Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy, and Son of Rambow

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).

The Beach, 28 Days Later, and Slumdog millionaire

8. Tom Hooper

Director | The Danish Girl

Tom Hooper was educated at one of England's most prestigious schools, Westminster. His first film, Runaway Dog, was made when he was 13 years old and shot on a Clockwork 16mm Bolex camera, using 100 feet of film. At age 18, he wrote, directed and produced the short film Painted Faces (1992), which ...

The Kings Speech, The Damned United, and Les Miserables

9. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...

Shaun of The Dead, and Hot Fuzz

10. Sam Mendes

Producer | Road to Perdition

Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-...

Road To Perdition, Revolutionary Road, and Skyfall

11. James Watkins

Writer | Eden Lake

James Watkins was born in 1978 in the UK. He is a writer and director, known for Eden Lake (2008), The Take (2016) and The Woman in Black (2012).

Eden Lake, and The Woman In Black

12. Matthew Vaughn

Producer | Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn is an English film producer and director. He is known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) and for directing the crime thriller, Layer Cake (2004), the fantasy epic, Stardust (2007), the superhero comedy, Kick-Ass (2010), and the ...

Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass, and X-Men: First Class

13. Noel Clarke

Actor | Brotherhood

Noel Clarke was born on December 6, 1975 in London, England as Noel Anthony Clarke. He is an actor and producer, known for Brotherhood (2016), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Mute (2018). He is married to Iris Da-Silva. They have two children.

Adulthood, and 4.3.2.1

14. Ken Loach

Director | I, Daniel Blake

Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into...

Sweet Sixteen, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, and Route Irish

15. Jonathan Levine

Writer | The Wackness

Jonathan Levine is a writer and director, known for The Wackness (2008), 50/50 (2011) and Long Shot (2019).

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, 50/50, and Warm Bodies

16. Ben Wheatley

Director | Free Fire

Ben Wheatley was born in May 1972 in Billericay, Essex, England. He is a director and writer, known for Free Fire (2016), Kill List (2011) and High-Rise (2015).

Down Terrace, Kill List, and Sightseers

17. 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 ...

The Bourne Supremecy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and The Green Zone

18. Anthony Minghella

Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley

Anthony Minghella was the son of immigrants from Italy, who own an ice-cream factory on the Isle of Wight, where Anthony was born on January 6, 1954. He and his two siblings, Edana Minghella and Dominic Minghella, grew up there, a popular British holiday spot. After graduating from the University of...

Cold Mountain

19. 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 ...

High Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things, and The Queen

20. Christopher Smith

Director | Triangle

Christopher Smith was born in 1970 in Bristol, England. He is a director and writer, known for Triangle (2009), Severance (2006) and Black Death (2010).

Creep, Severance, and Triangle

21. 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 ...

Sleuth, and Thor

22. Simon West

Director | Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Simon West was born in 1961 in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England. He is a producer and director, known for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), The General's Daughter (1999) and The Mechanic (2011).

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic, and The Expendables 2

23. Martin McDonagh

Writer | In Bruges

Martin McDonagh was born on March 26, 1970 in Camberwell, London, England. He is a writer and director, known for In Bruges (2008), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and Seven Psychopaths (2012).

In Bruges, and Seven Psychopaths

24. Mike Newell

Director | Four Weddings and a Funeral

Attended Cambridge University. Three year training course at Granada Television, with intention of going into theatre. Graduated to directing TV plays, building strong reputation for work with David Hare, David Edgar, Hohn, John Osborne, Jack Rosenthal.

Mona Lisa Smile, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, and Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time

25. John Madden

Director | Shakespeare in Love

John Madden was born on April 8, 1949 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. He is a director and producer, known for Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and Miss Sloane (2016).

Proof, The Debt, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

26. David Yates

Director | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

David Yates was born on October 8, 1963 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England. He is a director and producer, known for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and The Legend of Tarzan (2016).

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

27. Neil Marshall

Director | Dog Soldiers

Neil Marshall was born on May 25, 1970 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is a director and producer, known for Dog Soldiers (2002), The Descent (2005) and Doomsday (2008). He was previously married to Axelle Carolyn.

Dog Soldiers, and Doomsday

28. Nick Love

Writer | The Football Factory

Nick Love was born on December 24, 1969 in London, England. He is a writer and producer, known for The Football Factory (2004), The Sweeney (2012) and Monsters (2010). He was previously married to Patsy Palmer.

Goodbye Charlie Bright, The Football Factory, and The Sweeney

29. Joe Wright

Director | Pride & Prejudice

Joe Wright is an English film director. He is best known for Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), Anna Karenina (2012), and Darkest Hour (2017).

Wright always had an interest in the arts, especially painting. He would also make films on his Super 8 camera as well as spend time in the evenings...

Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, and Hanna

30. 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.

Calender Girls, A Lot like Love, and Made In Dagenham

31. David Slade

Director | Hard Candy

David Slade was born on September 26, 1969 in the UK. He is a producer and director, known for Hard Candy (2005), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018).

Hard Candy, 30 Days Of Night, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

32. Oliver Parker

Actor | An Ideal Husband

Oliver Parker was born on September 6, 1960 in London, England. He is an actor and director, known for An Ideal Husband (1999), Dorian Gray (2009) and Hellraiser (1987).

Importance Of Being Ernest, St. Trinian's, and St. Trinian's 2: The Legend Of Fritton's Gold

33. Phyllida Lloyd

Director | Mamma Mia!

Phyllida Lloyd was born on June 17, 1957 in Bristol, England as Phyllida Christian Lloyd. She is known for her work on Mamma Mia! (2008), The Iron Lady (2011) and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018).

Mamma Mia, and The Iron Lady

34. Joe Cornish

Writer | Attack the Block

Joe Cornish was born on December 20, 1968 in London, England as Joseph Murray Cornish. He is a writer and director, known for Attack the Block (2011), Ant-Man (2015) and The Adventures of Tintin (2011).

Attack The Block

35. Kirk Jones

Director | Waking Ned

Kirk Jones was born on October 31, 1964 in Bristol, England. He is a director and writer, known for Waking Ned Devine (1998), Everybody's Fine (2009) and What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012).

Nanny McPhee, Everybody's Fine, and What To Expect When You're Expecting

36. 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 ...

Coriolanus

37. Sharon Maguire

Director | Bridget Jones's Baby

Sharon Maguire was born on November 28, 1960 in Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, Wales. She is a director and producer, known for Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Incendiary (2008).

Bridget Jones's Diary

38. Sam Taylor-Johnson

Director | Nowhere Boy

Sam Taylor-Johnson was born on March 4, 1967 in London, England as Samantha Louise Taylor-Wood. She is a director and producer, known for Nowhere Boy (2009), Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) and Love You More (2008). She has been married to Aaron Taylor-Johnson since June 21, 2012. They have two ...

Nowhere Boy (as Sam Taylor-Wood)

39. Beeban Kidron

Director | Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

She came to prominence with the much lauded adaptation of Jeanette Winterson's autobiographical novel 'Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit'. Since then she's directed feature films, television dramas and documentaries. In 2008, she founded the charity called Filmclub with Lindsay Mackie. It has since ...

Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason

40. Michael Apted

Director | Rome

Michael Apted was born on February 10, 1941 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England as Michael David Apted. He is a director and producer, known for Rome (2005), Enigma (2001) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). He has been married to Paige Simpson since January 8, 2014. He was previously married to ...

41. Thaddeus O'Sullivan

Director | December Bride

Thaddeus O'Sullivan was born in 1947 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a director and cinematographer, known for December Bride (1991), Nothing Personal (1995) and Stella Days (2011).

Ordinary Decent Criminal

42. Jake West

Director | Razor Blade Smile

Jake West was born in 1972 in the UK. He is a director and editor, known for Razor Blade Smile (1998), The ABCs of Death (2012) and Evil Aliens (2005).

Evil Aliens, and Doghouse

The Long Weekend, and Awaydays

44. Christopher Morris

Writer | Four Lions

Christopher Morris was born on September 5, 1965 in Bristol, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Four Lions (2010), The Day Today (1994) and Brass Eye (1997).

Four Lions

Malice In Wonderland

46. Susanna White

Director | Bleak House

Susanna White was born in 1960 in the UK. She is a director and producer, known for Bleak House (2005), Woman Walks Ahead (2017) and Parade's End (2012).

Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang

47. 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).

My Little Eye, Snow Cake, and Hunky Dory

48. Michael Winterbottom

Director | Genova

Michael Winterbottom was born on March 29, 1961 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. He is a director and producer, known for A Summer in Genoa (2008), A Mighty Heart (2007) and The Killer Inside Me (2010).

24 Hour Party People, In This World, and The Killer Inside Me

49. Jim Sheridan

Producer | In America

Jim Sheridan is a master story-teller, and an acclaimed film director of few films, but good films nevertheless.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1949, Sheridan moved to America in 1982, meeting a man who invited him to run the Irish Arts Center. He found a place to live in Hell's Kitchen, New York City,...

In America, Brothers, and Dream House

50. Bernard Rose

Director | Candyman

Born on 4th August 1960, in London, England, Bernard Rose began his career by making super 8 films at the age of 9. The BBC had a amateur movie competition which he won in 1975, causing his 3 minute film to air on the BBC. He later worked for Jim Henson on the last season of The Muppet Show, as a ...

Mr Nice, and Two Jacks

51. Michael Caton-Jones

Director | Memphis Belle

Michael Caton-Jones was born on October 15, 1957 in Broxburn, West Lothian, Scotland as Michael Jones. He is a director and producer, known for Memphis Belle (1990), Basic Instinct 2 (2006) and Rob Roy (1995).

City By The Sea, and Shooting Dogs

52. Nick Whitfield

Director | Skeletons

Nick Whitfield is an actor and director, known for Skeletons (2010), Rebecca (2007) and School for Seduction (2004).

Skeletons

53. Rowan Joffe

Writer | Before I Go to Sleep

Rowan Joffe was born in 1972. He is a writer and producer, known for Before I Go to Sleep (2014), Brighton Rock (2010) and The American (2010).

Brighton Rock



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