John Madden

Director, Teacher
An accomplished director for British television for two decades, John Madden successfully expanded into feature films with an adaptation of "Ethan Frome" (1993) before winning Oscars for the massively popular ... Read more »
Born: 04/07/1949 in Portsmouth, England, GB

Filmography

Director (22)

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Masters of Sex 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Debt 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Killshot 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Proof 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Captain Corelli's Mandolin 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Shakespeare in Love 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Theseus & the Minotaur 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

Mrs. Brown 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Way Through the Woods 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

Prime Suspect: The Lost Child 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

Golden Gate 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

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

Director

Ethan Frome 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Promised Land 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

The Infernal Serpent 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

A Wreath of Roses 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Series I 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Grown Ups 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

Wings 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (2)

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Killshot 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

The Last Morse (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An accomplished director for British television for two decades, John Madden successfully expanded into feature films with an adaptation of "Ethan Frome" (1993) before winning Oscars for the massively popular "Shakespeare in Love" (1998). Prior to that paramount success, Madden directed a string of acclaimed series in his native England such as "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (ITV, 1984-1994), "Prime Suspect (ITV, 1991-2006) and "Inspector Morse" (ITV, 1987-2000). From there, he developed into a skilled translator of books to screen with "Ethan Frome," but stumbled a bit with the forgotten "Golden Gate" (1994). Madden scored his first box office hit with the period romantic drama, "Mrs. Brown" (1997), which marked the first of several critically acclaimed collaborations with actress Judi Dench. He next reached career heights with "Shakespeare in Love," which shocked many by winning Best Picture over "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), while enjoying commercial success in both the U.S. and U.K. But in his efforts to replicate such success, Madden failed to deliver, thanks to a decade of disappointments with "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" (2001), "Proof" (2005) and the frustrating direct-to-DVD experience of "Killshot" (2009). Madden managed to bounce back with the cerebral spy thriller "The Debt" (2011) and the lighthearted drama "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2012), both of which boosted his flagging career while reminding critics and audiences of the mastery he had displayed in the previous decade.

Relationships

Penny Madden

Wife

Emma Madden

Daughter

Oliver Madden

Son
Born c. 1977

EDUCATION

Sidney Sussex College

1970

Clifton College

Bristol , England

Milestones

2012

Helmed the ensemble comedy drama "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach

2010

Directed the American remake of "The Debt" about three young Mossad agents tracking a notorious Nazi war criminal

2009

Directed Diane Lane and Thomas Jane in "Killshot," based on the 1989 novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard

2005

Re-teamed with Paltrow to direct the feature adaptation of the David Auburn play "Proof"

2002

Directed Gwyneth Paltrow in the London premiere of "Proof" at the Donmar Warehouse

2001

Replaced an ailing Roger Michell at the helm of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"

1998

Directed the Oscar winning film "Shakespeare in Love"; first collaboration with Gwenyth Paltrow; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Director

1997

Directed HBO's "Theseus & the Minotaur"

1997

Directed Judi Dench and Billy Connolly in the acclaimed film "Mrs. Brown"

1995

Directed "Prime Suspect: The Lost Child" (PBS)

1994

Helmed "Inspector Morse, Series VII: Dead on Time" for "Mystery!" (PBS)

1994

Moved back to London after the failure of second feature "Golden Gate"

1993

Feature directorial debut, "Ethan Frome"

1993

Directed "Promised Land", "Inspector Morse, Series VI" (PBS)

1992

Directed "The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" for "Mystery!" (PBS)

1991

Directed "The Infernal Serpent" episode of "Inspector Morse, Series IV" for "Mystery!" (PBS)

1990

Helmed five of the ten parts of "After the War" for "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS)

1989

Directed "A Wreath of Roses" for "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS)

1987

Directed two episodes of "The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Series I" for "Mystery!" (PBS)

1985

Helmed the TV presentation of "Grown-Ups" (Showtime)

1983

Broadcast "Wings" on PBS

1982

Directed the original Broadway production of Christopher Durang's "Beyond Therapy"

1979

Brought "Wings" to Broadway

1973

Started working at the BBC

Moved to the U.S.

Developed the Arnold Kopit radio drama "Wings" for the stage

Served as the director of National Public Radio's dramatic series "The Ear"

Began career as artistic director of the Oxford and Cambridge Shakespeare Company

Directed the Broadway production of Jules Feiffer's "Grown-Ups"

Bonus Trivia

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He was not to be confused with former NFL Raiders coach and Fox broadcaster John Madden.

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