Mike Newell

Director, Producer
After first establishing himself as a craftsman of character-driven dramas and lighthearted romantic comedies in his native England, director Mike Newell ventured across the pond to direct several acclaimed American ... Read more »
Born: 03/28/1942 in St Albans, England, GB


Director (21)

Great Expectations 2013 (Movie)


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2010 (Movie)


Love in the Time of Cholera 2007 (Movie)


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 (Movie)


Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)


Pushing Tin 1999 (Movie)


Donnie Brasco 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)


An Awfully Big Adventure 1995 (Movie)


Four Weddings and A Funeral 1994 (Movie)


Into the West 1993 (Movie)


Enchanted April 1991 (Movie)


Soursweet 1989 (Movie)


Amazing Grace and Chuck 1987 (Movie)


The Good Father 1987 (Movie)


Dance With a Stranger 1985 (Movie)


Bad Blood 1983 (Movie)


The Awakening 1979 (Movie)


Childhood 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


The Man in the Iron Mask 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


Reykjavik (Movie)

Producer (8)

Great Expectations 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Huff 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

I Capture the Castle 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

200 Cigarettes 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Best Laid Plans 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Photographing Fairies 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)


After first establishing himself as a craftsman of character-driven dramas and lighthearted romantic comedies in his native England, director Mike Newell ventured across the pond to direct several acclaimed American films, as well as a few major Hollywood blockbusters. Newell became known on British television with his acclaimed adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Man in the Iron Mask" (ITC, 1977) before making his feature film debut with the graphic horror movie, "The Awakening" (1980). Having established himself within a diversity of genres, he was free to choose his own course, which eventually led to the acclaimed biographical drama, "Dance With a Stranger" (1985), and the charming romantic comedy, "Enchanted April" (1991). Newell became an international name thanks to "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994), a witty romantic comedy that helped turn Hugh Grant into a star. Taking a decidedly American turn, he directed the gritty crime drama, "Donnie Brasco" (1997), only to follow with the underwhelming "Pushing Tin" (1999). But by the time he directed major blockbuster movies like "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (2010), Newell was an artist capable of directing just about anything he wanted with equal skill.


Bernice Newell


Lizzie Newell


Billy Newell

Born c. 1995


University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England



Directed Jake Gyllenhaal in "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"


Helmed the feature adaption of "Love in the Time of Cholera" starring Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt


Became the first British director to oversee a 'Harry Potter' film with "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," adapted from the fourth book in the fantasy series by J.K. Rowling


Directed Julia Roberts in "Mona Lisa Smile," as a free-thinking art professor teaching conservative 50's Wellesley girls to question their traditional societal role


Directed John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton in "Pushing Tin"


First Dogstar film, "Photographing Fairies"


Established his credentials as a director of big-budget American films with "Donnie Brasco"


Signed two-year, first-look deal with Fox 2000


Directed the documentary "At Sundance," an incisive, witty film history caught on the fly at the 1995 Sundance Festival


Directed the internationally successful, "Four Weddings and a Funeral"; earned a surprise Oscar nomination as Best Picture


Helmed an episode of George Lucas's "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"


Had critical and commercial success with romantic comedy "Enchanted April"


Directed the well-intentioned "Amazing Grace and Chuck," starring Jamie Lee Curtis


Critical breakthrough film, "Dance With a Stranger"


Feature directing debut, "The Awakening," a supernatural adventure


American directing debut, "The Man in the Iron Mask," an NBC TV-movie


Joined Granada TV as a production trainee

Directed a controversial commercial for England's Labor Party

Directed numerous TV plays for Granada TV in England

Formed Dogstar Films with Alan Greenspan

Bonus Trivia


On the diferences between making a big studio movie in America versus a small independent European film: "On the one hand, I loved it because there was always money to spend, and that makes a huge difference. If something is wrong, you just go on until you get it right. You don't have production managers yapping at you at the end of every day that you shot 9,000 feet of film and you said you would only shoot 6,000. So that side is a great relief. But then on the other hand, going against that there was the whole business of lugging actors with huge reputations around. Both Al [Pacino] and Johnny [Depp] are humane, decent human beings. But nonetheless, when the first assistant comes up to you right first in the morning and says, 'Al wants to see you in his trailer,' your heart does drop because you know that day's negotiations have begun." - Mike Newell to The Los Angeles Times, Feb. 27, 1997


In 2005, Newell was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts by the University of Hertfordshire which has a campus in St Albans, his birthplace.