Joe Wright

Director
An English director adept in adapting dramatic literature, Joe Wright also demonstrated a facility with more modern day fare that was far removed from the period costume dramas for which he had first gained notoriety ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1971 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (7)

Pan 2015 (Movie)

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Anna Karenina 2012 (Movie)

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Hanna 2011 (Movie)

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The Soloist 2009 (Movie)

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Atonement 2007 (Movie)

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Pride & Prejudice 2005 (Movie)

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Nature Boy 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

An English director adept in adapting dramatic literature, Joe Wright also demonstrated a facility with more modern day fare that was far removed from the period costume dramas for which he had first gained notoriety. Wright first broke out in England with his critically-acclaimed and award-nominated take on the Jane Austen classic, "Pride and Prejudice" (2005), starring his soon-to-be muse, Keira Knightley. Praised for his insistence on a sense of movement and realism in a genre long-considered stuffy and reserved, Wright continued his success in adapting period source material with "Atonement" (2007), a sweeping epic starring Knightley and based on the award-winning novel by British contemporary Ian McEwan. Two contemporary-set projects followed - the based-on-fact tale of music and redemption "The Soloist" (2009), starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx, and the violent fairy tale thriller "Hanna" (2011), with young Saoirse Ronan in the title role. He paired with Knightley for the third time to bring Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's sweeping novel "Anna Karenina" (2012) to life in an intoxicatingly extravagant production. One of the more technically adventurous and unpredictable young directors of his generation, Wright continued to seek out new challenges, for both audiences and himself as a filmmaker.

Relationships

John

Father
Co-founded the Little Angel Theater, a puppet theater in Islington

Lyndie

Mother

Rosamund Pike Actor

Companion
Met on the set of his film "Pride and Predjudice" in 2005 Engaged October 2007 after he popped question at Lake Como, Italy Wright ended their relationship just weeks before their wedding 2008

Anoushka Shankar Actor

Wife
Married in a secret ceremony Sept. 26, 2010 in London, England

Zubin Shankar-Wright

Son
Born Feb. 22, 2011; mother, Anoushka Shankar

EDUCATION

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

In his last year of studies he received a scholarship to make a short film for the BBC

Anna Scher Theatre School

Islington
Now known as the Young Actors Theatre Islington

Camberwell College of Arts

Spent an art foundation year

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

In his last year of studies he received a scholarship to make a short film for the BBC

Milestones

2012

Third film with Keira Knightley, the film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina"

2011

Directed the thriller "Hanna," starring Saoirse Ronan as an assassin trained by her ex-CIA agent father (Eric Bana)

2009

Directed "The Soloist," a film about musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers, who developed schizophrenia in his second year at Juilliard and ended up homeless on the streets of L.A.

2007

Re-teamed with Knightley to direct an adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel "Atonement"

2005

Made feature directorial debut with "Pride and Prejudice," an adaptation of the Jane Austen classic; starred Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director

2003

Helmed the BBC drama "Charles II: The Power & the Passion" (aired in the U.S. on A&E as "The Last King")

2000

Made miniseries directorial debut with "Nature Boy" (BBC)

1997

Directed first short "Crocodile Snap," about a woman's bid to escape her violent husband

Started his career as a teenager helping at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington, North London, a venue founded by his late father

Bonus Trivia

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Wright was Dyslexic and left school with no O-levels.

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