Oliver Parker

Actor, Director
Born to English aristocracy (railroad executive Sir Peter Parker and writer Lady Gillian), director-screenwriter Oliver Parker transitioned from minor acting roles in films like "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2" and "Nuns on ... Read more »
Born: 09/06/1960

Filmography

Director (10)

Dad's Army 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

I Really Hate My Job 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Johnny English Reborn 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Dorian Gray 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

St. Trinian's 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Fade to Black 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

An Ideal Husband 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Othello 1995 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (8)

An Ideal Husband 1999 (Movie)

Bunbury (Actor)

The Big Game 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Million Dollar Bond Mystery 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Breed 1990 (Movie)

Peloquin (Actor)

Nuns on the Run 1990 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Series III 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hellbound: Hellraiser II 1988 (Movie)

2nd Workman (Actor)

Hellraiser 1987 (Movie)

Moving Man 2 (Actor)
Writer (5)

Fade to Black 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

It Was An Accident 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

An Ideal Husband 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Othello 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (3)

Common People 2014 (Movie)

(Editor)

Suspects (Tv Show)

Editor

Truth or Die (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (2)

It Was An Accident 2001 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

Born to English aristocracy (railroad executive Sir Peter Parker and writer Lady Gillian), director-screenwriter Oliver Parker transitioned from minor acting roles in films like "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2" and "Nuns on the Run" to a prolific career as a BAFTA Award-nominated filmmaker, acclaimed for his lush onscreen adaptations of British literary classics. The London theater vet first gained major notice in the U.K. with a recurring role on the long-running BBC medical drama "Casualty," though he achieved breakthrough success in movies with his feature directing debut, "Othello" (1995). The Shakespeare adaptation starred Laurence Fishburne as the Moor of Venice and Kenneth Branagh as the villainous Iago, a role Parker himself performed on stage early in his career. Critics praised Parker's sexually charged vision of the Bard's legendary tragedy, hailing the arrival of a bold new cinematic talent. He further solidified his reputation as a daring interpreter of canonized literature by writing and directing three films based on work by Oscar Wilde: BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated "An Ideal Husband" (1999) and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (2002), both starring Rupert Everett; and "Dorian Gray" (2009), featuring Ben Barnes as Wilde's diabolically vain hero. A producer and director of Ealing Studios' series of "St. Trinian's" girls' school comedies, Parker also took the helm of another U.K.-based film franchise, directing "Johnny English Reborn," the follow-up to comedian Rowan Atkinson's spy-spoof hit "Johnny English."

Relationships

Peter Parker

Father
served as chief of British Rail

Nathaniel Parker

Brother

Milestones

2011

Directed Rowan Atkinson as the titular spy in the sequel "Johnny English Reborn"

2009

Helmed the big screen adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, starring Ben Barnes and Colin Firth

2007

Co-directed and produced the comedy feature "St. Trinian's"

2002

Directed and wrote "The Importance Of Being Earnest"; once again starred Everett, along with Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon

1999

Directed the romantic comedy "An Ideal Husband," starring Rupert Everett; also wrote screenplay and acted in film

1995

Feature directorial debut, "Othello"; film starred Kenneth Branagh and Laurence Fishburne

1993

Landed a recurring role on the BBC drama "Casualty"

1990

Played a doctor in the comedy feature "Nuns on the Run"

1986

Made acting debut with a bit role on the BBC series "A Very Peculiar Practice"

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