Stephen Daldry

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Along with contemporaries Sam Mendes and Danny Boyle, Stephen Daldry established himself as a renowned director on some of England's most prestigious stages before making a successful transition to award-winning ... Read more »
Born: 05/02/1961 in Dorset, England, GB


Director (9)

Trash 2015 (Movie)


Billy Elliot the Musical 2014 (Movie)


Eight 2014 (Movie)


2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)


The Reader 2008 (Movie)


The Hours 2002 (Movie)


Billy Elliot 2000 (Movie)


Via Dolorosa 1998 (Movie)

stage director (Director)
Producer (3)

Guy X 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Son of Man 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mickybo and Me 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

18th Annual American Cinematheque Award 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)



Along with contemporaries Sam Mendes and Danny Boyle, Stephen Daldry established himself as a renowned director on some of England's most prestigious stages before making a successful transition to award-winning filmmaker. After spending time honing his craft and amassing numerous accolades for more than a decade, Daldry stepped behind the cameras to helm the feature "Billy Elliot" (2000), a drama about a preteen boy struggling with grief over his mother's premature death and finding a measure of solace in dancing ballet. The British-made film earned a slew of award nominations and widespread recognition for Daldry overseas, who suddenly found himself in demand in Hollywood. He followed up with an even more extraordinary effort, "The Hours" (2002), which told the stories of three generations of women dissatisfied with their lives, earning Daldry his second Academy Award nomination. Though he routinely returned to the stage - usually to great acclaim, as he did with "Billy Elliot: The Musical" (2005) - it was movies like "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (2011) that allowed Daldry to remain one of the top directors of emotionally complex films, helmed with a deft and steady hand.


Annabel Daldry

Born in 2003 mother, Lucy Sexton

Ian MacNeil

Previously dated worked together on several films no longer together

Lucy Sexton Producer

Married in September 2001 in New York City


University of Sheffield

Sheffield , England
Joined program run by the Royal Air Force; met Eddie Izzard



Helmed the 9/11 drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 novel; starred Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock


Nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing ("The Reader")


Once again directed "Billy Elliot, The Musical" when it transferred to Broadway


Nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture ("The Reader")


Directed the film adaption of Bernhard Schlink's "The Reader," starring Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet


Directed a stage musical adaptation of "Billy Elliot" in London's West End


Helmed second film, an adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer-winning novel "The Hours"; received Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar nominations for directing


Feature film debut as director, "Billy Elliot"; earned an Academy Award nomination for directing


Directed the British stage production of "Far Away" at The Royal Court Theater


Co-directed the short film "Eight"; received a BAFTA nomination


Directed David Hare in the one-person show "Via Dolorosa" in London and on Broadway


Helmed a BBC documentary on The Royal Court Theatre


Staged the acclaimed revival of "Rat in the Skull," starring Tony Doyle and Rufus Sewell


Made Broadway debut with the acclaimed revival of "An Inspector Calls"


Directed the revival of "An Inspector Calls" for the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre


Began directing stage productions at The Gate Theater in West London; remained associated with The Gate until 1992


Acted in a production of "Prometheus in Evin"


Worked as associate artist for Crucible Theatre in Sheffield

Served as artistic director at the Royal Court Theater

Joined youth drama group in Taunton, England

Formed Stephen Daldry Productions

Bonus Trivia


On his approach to his first film, Daldry told The Los Angeles Times (Jan. 23, 2000): "My plan on this was quite consciously to go with a very simple filmic language, just to learn what the language was. I decided not to try to be very clever, not to do self-conscious shots or move the camera around for no particular reason. It's not that I don't like films like that. I do. But for a first-time film director, the danger is in trying to run before you can walk."


Daldry on his feature debut "Billy Elliot" to The Guardian (Oct. 3, 2000): "To be frank about it, it was – is – a small budget British film that faced struggles in its making. But it was also a good working context, in that it became very special to the people working on it. It was a real surprise the way the Cannes audience responded to it; in Croatia they responded in the same way. I've just come back from three weeks touring it in the U.S., and it amazes me that what is essentially a small British film can have such a cross-cultural, cross-nationality reaction."