Danny Boyle

Director, Producer
With an eclectic array of films to his credit, director Danny Boyle emerged from his native England to become one of the most celebrated and revered filmmakers of independently-minded cinema. Ever since his emergence ... Read more »
Born: 10/19/1956 in Radcliffe, England, GB

Filmography

Director (21)

Steve Jobs 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Mighty Med 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Trance 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Director

127 Hours 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Mad TV 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Segment Director

Talkshow With Spike Feresten 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Segment Director

Slumdog Millionaire 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Sunshine 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Millions 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

28 Days Later 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Strumpet 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Beach 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Alien Love Triangle 1998 (Movie)

("Alien Love Triangle") (Director)

A Life Less Ordinary 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Trainspotting 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Cherubim and Seraphim 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Shallow Grave 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Masonic Mysteries 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Mr. Wroe's Virgins (TV Show)

Director
Writer (8)

127 Hours 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Inspector Lewis 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Writer

Rebus: The Falls 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Writer

Deadly Slumber 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Writer

The Day of the Devil 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Writer

Inspector Morse, Series VII: Dead on Time 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Writer

Inspector Morse, Series VII: Happy Families 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Writer

Second Time Around 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (5)

Babylon 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

127 Hours 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

28 Weeks Later 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Alien Love Triangle 1998 (Movie)

("Alien Love Triangle") (Producer)

Twin Town 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (5)

The Road 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Side by Side 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Top Gear 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

AMC StoryMakers 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

With an eclectic array of films to his credit, director Danny Boyle emerged from his native England to become one of the most celebrated and revered filmmakers of independently-minded cinema. Ever since his emergence onto the world stage with "Trainspotting" (1996), his stark, but viciously funny look at a group of heroin-addicted friends living in Edinburgh, Boyle managed to chart his own unique path without having to bow to studio pressures. Though he dipped his toe into Hollywood waters with his underwhelming adaptation of "The Beach" (2000), Boyle nonetheless created frenzied and highly-stylized films that also depicted three-dimensional characters often struggling with human vices and weakness. With his luminously praised horror film, "28 Days Later" (2003), his surprisingly soft-hearted children's fantasy, "Millions" (2005), and the rags-to-riches hit, "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), Boyle proved adept at shifting genres without losing the voice he had established in his previous efforts, making him one of the most talented and eagerly watched filmmakers to succeed on both sides of the pond.

Relationships

Frances Barber Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated while at university No longer together

Caitlin Boyle

Daughter
Born 1985; mother, Gail Stevens

Gabriel Boyle

Son
Born 1989; mother, Gail Stevens

Grace Boyle

Daughter
Born 1991; mother, Gail Stevens

Rosario Dawson Actor

Companion
Went public with relationship August 2012 He directed her in "Trance" (2013)

Gail Stevens Actor

Companion
Involved in 1980s No longer together

EDUCATION

Thornleigh Salesian College

Bolton

Bangor University

Milestones

2013

Directed drama-thriller "Trance," starring James McAvoy

2012

Served as Artistic Director of London Olympic Opening Ceremony "Isles of Wonder"

2010

Helmed "127 Hours," based on the experiences of Aron Ralston, the American mountain climber who was trapped by a boulder for nearly five days before amputating his own arm

2008

Directed mostly unknown cast in "Slumdog Millionaire," about an impoverished child from streets of Mumbai that lucks out on India's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

2007

Again directed Cillian Murphy in sci-fi feature "Sunshine"

2007

Produced but did not direct sequel "28 Weeks Later"

2005

Directed Frank Cottrell Boyce scripted "Millions"

2003

Directed thriller feature "28 Days Later," co-starring Brendan Gleeson and Cillian Murphy

2000

Helmed feature adaptation of cult novel "The Beach," starring Leonardo DiCaprio; again collaborated with Hodge and Macdonald

1997

Directed McGregor and Cameron Diaz in "A Life Less Ordinary"; again collaborated with Hodge and Macdonald

1996

Helmed breakthough second feature "Trainspotting," adapted by Hodge and produced by Macdonald; film starred Ewan McGregor

1994

Feature directorial debut, "Shallow Grave"; scripted by John Hodge and produced by Andrew Macdonald

1993

Directed BBC miniseries "Mr. Wroe's Virgins"

1990

Directed "Inspector Morse: Masonic Mysteries" for ITV

1982

Served as artistic director of Royal Court Theatre Upstairs

Began career as theater director with radical Joint Stock Company

Raised in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England

Named deputy director of Royal Court Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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"I get scripts written by Americans that are technically brilliant, but there is something unconfident about the writing. Despite their technical expertise, they know that [the script they are writing] for a Hollywood producer or star will be rewritten by others." – Boyle in Screen International, Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 1995

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"It's about being a transgressor. It's about doing something that everybody says will kill you – YOU WILL KILL YOURSELF. And the thing that nobody understands is, it's not just that you don't hear that message, it's just that it's irrelevant. The film ['Trainspotting'] isn't about heroin. It's about an attitude, and that's why we wanted the film to pulse, to pulse like you DO in your twenties, before you get ground down by whatever grinds you down – be it heroin or all the other things that wipe you out." – Boyle quoted in New York magazine, July 15, 1996

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