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.