Sam Taylor-Johnson

A successful visual artist renowned for being a member of the in-crowd, Sam Taylor-Wood made a mid-career turn into filmmaking, becoming a darkhorse darling of the U. K. indie film scene in the late 2000s. The product ... Read more »
Born: 03/04/1967 in Croydon, GB

Filmography

Director (5)

Fifty Shades of Grey 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Nowhere Boy 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Love You More 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Destricted 2004 (Movie)

("Death Valley") (Director)

Method in Madness 1995 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

Boy Meets Girl 1994 (Movie)

Customer in Bar (Actor)
Producer (1)

Love You More 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A successful visual artist renowned for being a member of the in-crowd, Sam Taylor-Wood made a mid-career turn into filmmaking, becoming a darkhorse darling of the U. K. indie film scene in the late 2000s. The product of a counter-cultural upbringing, Taylor-Wood came to the fore as a member of the insular fraternity of artists who came to be known as the Young British Artists, or Britart. Making a name for herself with conceptual artwork exploring stark isolation; combining still photos, video and sound; and working with celebrities such as Robert Downey, Jr., Elton John and David Beckham, she earned accolades through the 1990s and 2000s, before essaying into film directing. She won plaudits for her feature-directing debut with the indie film "Nowhere Boy" (2009), a somber family drama about an adolescent John Lennon, and stirred up a minor buzz when Taylor-Wood, at 42, left her husband after beginning a relationship with the film's teenage star. Fueled by the travail of troubled upbringing, Taylor-Wood rode her unique renderings of internal turmoil, even amid lavish settings, to the height of English hipster couture.

Relationships

Wylda

Daughter
Born July 7, 2010 in London father, Aaron Johnson

Jay Jopling

Ex-Husband
Ended their eleven-year marriage in 2008 they have two daughters together

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Actor

Husband
Revealed in April 2010 that she was engaged to Johnson, who she directed in "Nowhere Boy," and who was 23 younger Married June 21, 2012

Milestones

2015

Directed the hit film adaptation of "50 Shades of Grey"

2010

Directed first feature, "Nowhere Boy," a biopic about the childhood of The Beatles singer, John Lennon

2008

Directed the short film "Love You More," written by Patrick Marber and produced by Anthony Minghella

2002

Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to make a video portrait of David Beckham

1996

Exhibited the multi-screen video works "Travesty of a Mockery" and "Pent-Up"

1994

Collaborated with Henry Bond on the photograph titled "26 October 1993," featuring Bond and Taylor-Wood pastiching the roles of Yoko Ono and John Lennon in the famous photo shot by Annie Leibovitz in 1980

Began exhibiting fine art photography in the early-1990s

Bonus Trivia

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Taylor-Wood underwent treatment for colon cancer at age 30 and three years later she was treated for breast cancer.

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