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
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.
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)
Director | Dead Man's Shoes
This is England, and Somerstown
Director | Sing
The Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy, and Son of Rambow
7. Danny Boyle
Director | 127 Hours
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
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 22.214.171.124
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
All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, 50/50, and Warm Bodies
16. Ben Wheatley
Director | Free Fire
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
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...
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
Director | Triangle
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
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
Hard Candy, 30 Days Of Night, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
32. Oliver Parker
Actor | An Ideal Husband
Importance Of Being Ernest, St. Trinian's, and St. Trinian's 2: The Legend Of Fritton's Gold
33. Phyllida Lloyd
Director | Mamma Mia!
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
Director | December Bride
Ordinary Decent Criminal
42. Jake West
Director | Razor Blade Smile
Evil Aliens, and Doghouse
Writer | Four Lions
46. Susanna White
Director | Bleak House
Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang
47. Marc Evans
Director | My Little Eye
My Little Eye, Snow Cake, and Hunky Dory
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
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