Entertainment Famous Film Directors from England

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List of famous film directors from England, listed alphabetically with photos when available. England has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best British directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of England and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

This list has everything from Omid Djalili to Gavin Lambert.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best British directors?" and "Which directors are from England?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of England in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented British directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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A. Edward Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 78 (1895-1973)
A. Edward Sutherland aka Eddie Sutherland was a film director and actor. Born Albert Edward Sutherland in London, he was from a theatrical family. His father, Al Sutherland, was a theatre ...more
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A. V. Bramble is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 76 (1887-1963)
Albert Victor Bramble was an English actor and film director. He began his acting career on the stage. He started acting in films in 1913, and subsequently turned to directing and producing ...more
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Aaron James Sorensen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 52
Aaron James Sorensen is a musician, writer, producer, and film director. Sorensen played guitar and aspired to be a musician from a young age, and eventually studied acting—first with Keith ...more
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Adam Croasdell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 38
Adam Croasdell is a Zimbabwe-born British actor. He has appeared on TV in Supernatural, The Chase, Holby City, Peak Practice, London's Burning, Agatha Christie's Cat Among the Pigeons and ...more
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Abigail Honor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Abigail Honor is a film editor and a film producer.
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Adam Curtis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 63
Kevin Adam Curtis, better known as Adam Curtis, is an English documentary filmmaker. Curtis says that his favourite theme is "power and how it works in society", and his works explore ...more
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Adam Deacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 35
Adam Steven Deacon is an English film actor, rapper, writer and director. He is best known for his lead role in the films Kidulthood, the sequel Adulthood and for his directorial debut,
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Adam Jennings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 40
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Adam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 53
Adam Charles Roberts is an academic, critic and novelist. He also writes parodies under the pseudonyms of A.R.R.R. Roberts, A3R Roberts and Don Brine. He has a degree in English from the ...more
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Adrian Biddle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 53 (1952-2005)
Adrian Biddle, BSC, was an English cinematographer.
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Adrian Edmondson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 61
Adrian Charles "Ade" Edmondson is an English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director. He came to prominence in the early 1980s and was part of the ...more
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Adrian Hall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Adrian Hall age 59
Adrian Hall is an English actor. He is best known for the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in which he played the part of Jeremy Potts. He is currently co-director of the CDS school Academy of Live ...more
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Adrian Lester is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 50
Adrian Anthony Lester, OBE is an English actor, director, and writer.
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Adrian Lyne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 77
Adrian Lyne is a British film director, writer, and producer. He is best known for directing films that focus on sexually charged stories and characters, and often uses natural light. He was the ...more
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Adrian Noble is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 68
Adrian Keith Noble is a theatre director, and was also the artistic director and chief executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990 to 2003.
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Alan Bennett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 84
Alan Bennett is an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and author. He was born in Leeds and attended Oxford University where he studied history and performed with the Oxford Revue. He stayed ...more
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Alan Clarke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 55 (1935-1990)
Alan Clarke was an English television and film director, producer and writer.
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Alan Dossor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Alan Dossor age 77
Alan Dossor is a British theatre director. He was artistic director of the Everyman Theatre Liverpool from 1970 to 1975. His production of John, Paul, George, Ringo ... and Bert by Willy Russell ...more
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Alan Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
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Alan J. W. Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 81
Alan J. W. Bell is a British television producer and director. He has produced and/or directed many BBC series since the early 1970s, most notably Last of the Summer Wine, Ripping Yarns and the ...more
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Alan Parker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 74
Sir Alan William Parker, CBE is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. The early part of his career, beginning in his late teens, was spent as a copywriter and director of ...more
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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 72
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman is an English actor. Rickman is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. His breakout performance was as the ...more
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Alan Roberts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 72
Alan Price-Roberts or Alan Roberts is a British radio presenter, producer and actor.
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Alex Winter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 53
Alexander Ross "Alex" Winter is an English-born American actor, film director and screenwriter, best known for his role as Bill S. Preston Esq. in the 1989 film Bill & Ted's ...more
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Alber Ponte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 55
Alber Ponte is an actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer.