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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
Dec. at 78 (1895-1973)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Films Directed: Love's Greatest Mistake, Nine Lives Are Not Enough, Follow the Boys, The Navy Comes Through, Champagne Waltz, + more

Albert Edward Sutherland (January 5, 1895 – December 31, 1973) was a film director and actor. Born in London, he was from a theatrical family. His father, Al Sutherland, was a theatre manager ...more
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A. V. Bramble is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Dec. at 76 (1887-1963)

Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Films Directed: Shirley, Torn Sails, The Bachelor's Club, A Smart Set, The Laughing Cavalier, + more

Albert Victor Bramble (1884–1963) 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 ...more
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Aaron James Sorensen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 53

Birthplace: Peace River, Canada

Nationality: Canada, United States of America, England

Films Directed: Hank Williams First Nation

Aaron James Sorensen (born June 6, 1966) is a Canadian musician, writer, producer, and film director living in Calgary, Alberta. He has written, produced and directed several films and a ...more
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Adam Croasdell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 39

Birthplace: Zimbabwe

Nationality: England

Adam Croasdell (born 10 July 1976) is a Zimbabwean-born British actor. He has appeared on TV in Supernatural, The Chase, Holby City, Peak Practice, London's Burning, Agatha Christie's Cat Among ...more
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Abigail Honor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from England

Birthplace: Chester, England

Nationality: England

Films Directed: Saints and Sinners

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: 64

Birthplace: Kent, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Films Directed: The Century of the Self - 3: There is Policeman Inside all our Heads He Must Be Destroyed, Modern Times: The Way of All Flesh, The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, It Felt Like A Kiss, + more

Kevin Adam Curtis (born 26 May 1955) is a British documentary filmmaker. His favourite theme is "power and how it works in society", and his works explore areas of sociology, ...more
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Adam Deacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 36

Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Films Directed: Anuvahood

Adam Steven Deacon (born 4 March 1983) is an English film actor, rapper, writer and director. He is best known for his lead role in the films Kidulthood, sequel Adulthood and for his directorial ...more
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Adam Jennings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 41

Birthplace: Rochford, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Adam Jennings (born November 17, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more
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Adam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 54

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Mike Bassett: England Manager

Adam Charles Roberts (born 30 June 1965) is a British science fiction and fantasy novelist. In 2018 he was elected Vice-President of the H.G. Wells Society.
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Adrian Biddle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Dec. at 53 (1952-2005)

Birthplace: Woolwich, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Adrian Biddle, BSC (20 July 1952 – 7 December 2005), was an English cinematographer.
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Adrian Edmondson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 62

Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Films Directed: French & Saunders: Live, Comic Relief: Uptown Downstairs Abbey, Guest House Paradiso

Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English comedian, actor, musician and television presenter. He was part of the alternative comedy boom in the early 1980s and had roles in ...more
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Adrian Hall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Adrian Hall Age: 60

Birthplace: Staines-upon-Thames, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Films Directed: Feasting with Panthers: Broadway Theatre Archive

Adrian Hall may refer to: Adrian Hall (artist) (born 1943), English artist Adrian Hall (actor) (born 1959), English actor Adrian Hall (director), American theater director Adrian Hall (Home and ...more
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Adrian Lester is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 51

Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Of Mary

Adrian Anthony Lester (born 14 August 1968), born Anthony Harvey, 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: 78

Birthplace: Peterborough, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Unfaithful, Foxes, 9½ Weeks, Jacob's Ladder, Fatal Attraction, + more

Adrian Lyne (born 4 March 1941) is an English film director, writer and producer. Having begun his career directing television commercials, Lyne is best known for directing Foxes, Fatal ...more
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Adrian Noble is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 69

Birthplace: Chichester, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Verdi: Macbeth

Adrian Keith Noble (born 19 July 1950) 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: 85

Birthplace: Armley, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Films Directed: A Bed Among the Lentils

Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) 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 ...more
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Alan Clarke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Dec. at 55 (1935-1990)

Birthplace: Wallasey, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Films Directed: Stars of the Roller State Disco, Achilles Heel, Scum, Contact, The Firm, + more

Alan John Clarke (28 October 1935 – 24 July 1990) 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: 78

Birthplace: Eurasia, Humberside, United Kingdom, Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Films Directed: First and Last, The Life and Crimes of William Palmer

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
Age: 58

Birthplace: Blackpool, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Films Directed: 24weekers

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Alan J. W. Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 82

Birthplace: Battersea, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Lost for Words

Alan J. W. Bell (born 14 November 1937) 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 ...more
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Alan Parker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 75

Birthplace: Islington, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Films Directed: The Evacuees, Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, British Cinema: Personal View - A Turnip Head's Guide To The British Cinema, No Hard Feelings, + more

Sir Alan William Parker (born 14 February 1944) is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. Parker's early career, beginning in his late teens, was spent as a copywriter and director ...more
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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 73

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Films Directed: A Little Chaos, A Little Chaos, The Winter Guest

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor and director. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the ...more

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Alan Roberts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 73

Birthplace: Marlow, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Films Directed: Karate Cop, Save Me, Young Lady Chatterley II, The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood

Alan Roberts may refer to: Alan Roberts (broadcaster) (born 1946), British broadcaster Alan Roberts (filmmaker) (born 1946), stage name of Robert Brownell, American cult film director Alan ...more
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Alex Winter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 54

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United States of America

Films Directed: Ben 10: Race Against Time, Freaked, Fever, Downloaded, Ben 10: Alien Swarm, + more

Alexander Ross Winter (born July 17, 1965) is a British-American actor, film director, and screenwriter, best known for his role as "Bill S. Preston, Esq." in the 1989 film Bill & ...more
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Alber Ponte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Age: 56

Birthplace: Surrey, England

Nationality: England

Films Directed: Lorca, Santiago y seis poemas gallegos

Alber Ponte is an actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer.