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: 05/01/1961 in Dorset, England, GB

Filmography

Director (9)

Billy Elliot the Musical 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Eight 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Trash 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

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

Director

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

The Reader 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hours 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Billy Elliot 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

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)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Annabel Daldry

Daughter
Born in 2003 mother, Lucy Sexton

Ian MacNeil

Companion
Previously dated worked together on several films no longer together

Lucy Sexton Producer

Wife
Married in September 2001 in New York City

EDUCATION

University of Sheffield

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

Milestones

2011

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

2009

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

2008

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

2008

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

2008

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

2005

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

2002

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

2000

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

2000

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

1998

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

1998

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

1996

Helmed a BBC documentary on The Royal Court Theatre

1995

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

1994

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

1992

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

1989

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

1988

Acted in a production of "Prometheus in Evin"

1985

Worked as associate artist for Crucible Theatre in Sheffield

Joined youth drama group in Taunton, England

Served as artistic director at the Royal Court Theater

Formed Stephen Daldry Productions

Bonus Trivia

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"To his admirers, Daldry is a hyperactive bubble of charm, brains and balls." – from The London Times, Sept. 2, 1998

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"At a very basic level, Stephen took a total non-actor and taught me the craft. From the first day, he was saying, 'You cannot do this as an animated lecture; you have to act it, whatever it means.' And I basically recoiled. But Stephen made it clear that unless I put myself on the line and made myself the subject, the play wouldn't work. He was forever encouraging me to be bolder and more emotional." – David Hare on his collaboration with Daldry for "Via Dolorosa" in The New York Times, March 14, 1999

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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."

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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."

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