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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.
  • A. Edward Sutherland

    A. Edward Sutherland

    Dec. at 78 (1895-1973)

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England


    Films DirectedLove's Greatest Mistake, Nine Lives Are Not Enough, Follow the Boys, The Navy Comes Through, Champagne Waltz

    Albert Edward Sutherland (January 5, 1895 – December 31, 1973) was a film director and actor....  more
  • A. V. Bramble

    Dec. at 76 (1887-1963)

    BirthplaceSouth East England, Eurasia, South West England, Dorset, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedShirley, Torn Sails, The Bachelor's Club, A Smart Set, The Laughing Cavalier

    Albert Victor Bramble (1884–1963) was an English actor and film director. He began his acting...  more
  • BirthplaceCanada, Alberta, Peace River, Division No. 19, Alberta

    NationalityCanada, United States of America, England

    Films DirectedHank Williams First Nation

    Aaron James Sorensen (born June 6, 1966) is a Canadian musician, writer, producer, and film...  more
  • Adam Croasdell

    BirthplaceZimbabwe, Africa

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Adam Croasdell (born 10 July 1976) is a Zimbabwean-born British actor. He has appeared on TV...  more
  • Abigail Honor is a film editor and a film producer....  more
  • Adam Curtis

    BirthplaceSouth East England, Eurasia, Kent, United Kingdom, England


    Films DirectedThe 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

    Kevin Adam Curtis (born 26 May 1955) is a British documentary filmmaker. His favourite theme...  more
  • Adam Deacon

    BirthplaceEast End of London, Eurasia, London Borough of Hackney, Greater London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Films DirectedAnuvahood

    Adam Steven Deacon (born 4 March 1983) is an English film actor, rapper, writer and director....  more
  • Adam Jennings

    BirthplaceEurasia, Rochford, United Kingdom


    Adam Jennings (born November 17, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver. He was...  more
  • Adam Roberts

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Films DirectedMike Bassett: England Manager

    Adam Charles Roberts (born 30 June 1965) is a British science fiction and fantasy novelist....  more
  • Adrian Biddle

    Adrian Biddle

    Dec. at 53 (1952-2005)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Woolwich, United Kingdom, London, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Adrian Biddle, BSC (20 July 1952 – 7 December 2005), was an English cinematographer....  more
  • Adrian Edmondson

    BirthplaceWest Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Eurasia, United Kingdom, England


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

    Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English comedian, actor, musician and...  more
  • Adrian Hall

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Staines-upon-Thames


    Films DirectedFeasting with Panthers: Broadway Theatre Archive

    Adrian Hall may refer to: Adrian Hall (artist) (born 1943), English artist Adrian Hall...  more
  • Adrian Lester

    BirthplaceBirmingham, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedOf Mary

    Adrian Anthony Lester (born 14 August 1968), born Anthony Harvey, is an English actor,...  more
  • Adrian Lyne

    BirthplaceEast of England, Eurasia, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedUnfaithful, Foxes, 9½ Weeks, Jacob's Ladder, Fatal Attraction

    Adrian Lyne (born 4 March 1941) is an English film director, writer and producer. Having begun...  more
  • BirthplaceSouth East England, West Sussex, Eurasia, Chichester, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedA Midsummer Night's Dream, Verdi: Macbeth

    Adrian Keith Noble (born 19 July 1950) is a theatre director, and was also the artistic...  more
  • Alan Bennett

    BirthplaceWest Yorkshire, Armley, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories, Yorkshire and the Humber


    Films DirectedA Bed Among the Lentils

    Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, and author. He...  more
  • Alan Clarke

    Alan Clarke

    Dec. at 55 (1935-1990)

    BirthplaceCheshire, Wallasey, Eurasia, United Kingdom, North West England


    Films DirectedStars of the Roller State Disco, Achilles Heel, Scum, Contact, The Firm

    Alan John Clarke (28 October 1935 – 24 July 1990) was an English television and film director,...  more
  • Alan Dossor

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceEurasia, Humberside, United Kingdom, Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Films DirectedFirst and Last, The Life and Crimes of William Palmer

    Alan Dossor is a British theatre director. He was artistic director of the Everyman Theatre...  more
  • BirthplaceEurasia, Lancashire, United Kingdom, North West England, England


    Films Directed24weekers

  • BirthplaceBattersea, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England


    Films DirectedLost for Words

    Alan J. W. Bell (born 14 November 1937) is a British television producer and director. He has...  more
  • Alan Parker

    BirthplaceIslington, London, United Kingdom


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

    Sir Alan William Parker (14 February 1944 – 31 July 2020) was an English film director,...  more
  • Alan Rickman

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England

    Films DirectedA Little Chaos, A Little Chaos, The Winter Guest

    Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor and...  more

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  • BirthplaceEurasia, Marlow, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedKarate 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...  more
  • Alex Winter

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Films DirectedBen 10: Race Against Time, Freaked, Fever, Downloaded, Ben 10: Alien Swarm

    Alexander Ross Winter (born July 17, 1965) is a British-American actor, film director, and...  more
  • BirthplaceSurrey, England


    Films DirectedLorca, Santiago y seis poemas gallegos

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