Phyllida Lloyd

Phyllida Llloyd was a multi-award-winning British director, best known for her extravagant opera and theater productions, including "The Virtuoso" (1991) for the Royal Shakespeare Company and "Six Degrees of Separation" ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1957 in Bristol, England, GB

Filmography

Director (2)

The Iron Lady 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Mamma Mia! 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Phyllida Llloyd was a multi-award-winning British director, best known for her extravagant opera and theater productions, including "The Virtuoso" (1991) for the Royal Shakespeare Company and "Six Degrees of Separation" (1992) for the Royal Court. She directed "Mamma Mia!" (1999), a musical based on the tunes of the 1970s musical phenomenon, Swedish pop band ABBA, that became a hit in London's West End, Broadway, and eventually worldwide. It seemed there was no better person to bring this particular musical to the big screen so, in 2008, Lloyd made her feature film-directing debut with the movie version of "Mamma Mia!" (2008) starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, among other performers, including newcomer Amanda Seyfried.

Milestones

2011

Once again directed Streep, as former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, in "The Iron Lady"

2008

Feature directorial debut, the big screen adaptation of "Mamma Mia!"; film starred Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Amanda Seyfried

2007

Directed a reading of Sylvia Plath's "Three Women" as part of the Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium in Oxford

2000

Television directing debut, a British production of the opera "Gloriana"

1999

Joined the creative team behind "Mamma Mia!" a musical based around the ABBA songbook; "Mamma Mia!" won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Musical

1991

Made her theatrical debut with "The Virtuoso," a little-known play by Thomas Shadwell

1989

Named the Associate Director at the Bristol Old Vic theater

1979

Began working for BBC Television Drama after graduating from Birmingham University

Bonus Trivia

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Lloyd was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) at the 2010 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to the film industry.

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