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List of famous film directors from United Kingdom, listed alphabetically with photos when available. United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

List features items like Antony Darnborough and David T. Guest.

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

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Adam Curtis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Adam Curtis 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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A.E. Coleby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
A.E. Coleby Died at 54 (1876-1930) A.E. Coleby was a British film director, actor and screenwriter of the silent era.

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Abner Pastoll is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Abner Pastoll age 36 Abner Pastoll is a British film director, screenwriter, and editor, born in South Africa, where his family used to own a two-screen cinema.

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Adam Croasdell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Adam Croasdell 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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Adam Deacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Adam Deacon 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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Terry Hughes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Terry Hughes Terry Hughes is a British television director. He has won a BAFTA Award and two Emmy Awards. Hughes has produced or directed BBC TV variety shows such as Val Doonican, Harry Secombe and Kenneth ...more

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Adam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Adam Roberts 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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Adam Wimpenny is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Adam Wimpenny age 40 Adam Wimpenny is a film and television director.

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Adrian Biddle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Adrian Biddle Died at 53 (1952-2005) Adrian Biddle, BSC, was an English cinematographer.

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Adrian Hume Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Adrian Hume Robinson age 45 Adrian Hume Robinson is an actor, film director, screenwriter, film producer and film editor.

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Aidan Wood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Aidan Wood age 36 Aidan Wood is a film director,film editor and screenwriter

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Ainslie Henderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Ainslie Henderson age 39 Ainslie Thomas Henderson is a Scottish singer-songwriter. He is best known for his appearance on the BBC's television programme, Fame Academy, and his subsequent Top 5 UK single, "Keep Me a ...more

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Alan Birkinshaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Birkinshaw age 74 Alan Birkinshaw, FRGS is a British film director, writer, and television and film producer. The son of two physicians, his first job was as a jackaroo in the Australian outback, before becoming ...more

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Alan Bridges is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Bridges Died at 86 (1927-2013) Alan Bridges was an English film and television director. He won the Grand Prix at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival for his film The Hireling. His film Out of Season was entered into the 25th ...more

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Alan Bromly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Bromly Died at 80 (1915-1995) Alan Bromly was a producer and a film director.

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Alan Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Brown Died at 85 (1919-2004) Alan Everest Brown was a British racing driver from England. He took up motor racing in a Cooper, later forming the Ecurie Richmond team with Eric Brandon. He participated in 9 World ...more

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Alan Cooke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Cooke Alan Cooke is a British actor. He has appeared in many British television shows, including Grange Hill, The Bill and EastEnders, playing Carl Talbot.

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Alan Cullimore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Cullimore age 96 Alan Cullimore is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Cumming age 53 Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an ...more

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Alan Dossor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
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 Ereira is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Ereira Alan Ereira is an award-winning British author, historian and documentary filmmaker.

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Alan Goodrick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Goodrick Alan Goodrick is usually known by his nom de guerre Gimpo. He is best known as a friend and collaborator of The KLF and the K Foundation. He filmed the Watch the K Foundation Burn a Million Quid ...more

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Alan Hume is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Hume Died at 86 (1924-2010) Alan Hume was a cinematographer.

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Rickman 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 Root is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Root age 81 Alan Root is a cinematographer, film producer and film director.

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Alan Wareing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Wareing Alan Wareing is a British television director. He has directed hundreds of episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale. He became interested in directing through amateur theatre. He directed ...more

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Alastair Fothergill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alastair Fothergill age 58 Alastair Fothergill is a British producer of nature documentaries for television and cinema. He is the series producer of the multi-award winning series The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and the ...more

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Alastair Reid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alastair Reid Died at 88 (1926-2014) Alastair Reid is a 1957 Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts.

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Alastair Reid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alastair Reid Died at 72 (1939-2011) Alastair Reid is a television director.

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Albert Austin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Albert Austin Died at 72 (1881-1953) Albert Austin was an English actor, film star, director and script writer, noted mainly for his work in Charlie Chaplin films. He was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, and was a music ...more

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Albert Finney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Albert Finney age 82 Albert Finney is an English actor. Beginning in the theatre, Finney was especially successful in plays by William Shakespeare before he switched to films. He achieved prominence in films in the ...more

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Albert Ward is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Albert Ward Died at 86 (1870-1956) Albert Ward was a British screenwriter and film director. He also play the role of William Shakespeare in the 1914 biopic of the playwright's career The Life of Shakespeare.

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Alex Barrett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alex Barrett age 34 Alex Barrett is a film director, screenwriter, film editor and producer.

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Alex Bryce is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alex Bryce Died at 56 (1905-1961) Alex Bryce was a British screenwriter, cinematographer and film director.

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Alex Chandon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alex Chandon age 50 Alexis Chandon is a film director, writer and digital artist.

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Alex Cox is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alex Cox age 64 Alex Cox is an actor, screenwriter, film director, film producer and film editor.

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Alex De Rakoff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alex De Rakoff age 48 Alex De Rakoff is a British director.

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Alex Hyde-White is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alex Hyde-White age 59 Alex Hyde-White, also credited as Alex Hyde White, is an English-born film and television actor. In 1978, he signed with Universal Pictures as one of the last "contract players" in ...more

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Alex Kirby is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alex Kirby Bernard William Alexander Kirby is a British journalist, specializing in environmental issues. He worked in various capacities at the British Broadcasting Corporation for nearly 20 years. From ...more

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Alex Tweddle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alex Tweddle Alex Tweddle is a director,producer and screenwriter.

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Alex Westaway is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alex Westaway age 35 Alex Westaway is the co-lead vocalist and guitarist in post-hardcore band Fightstar alongside Charlie Simpson, Omar Abidi and Dan Haigh.

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Alexander McQueen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alexander McQueen Died at 41 (1969-2010) Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE was a British fashion designer and couturier. He is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own Alexander McQueen ...more

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Anne Milne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Anne Milne Anne Milne is a film director, film producer, film editor and cinematographer.

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Alexandra Billington is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alexandra Billington Alexandra Billington is a film director, writer, producer and actress.

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Alexandra McGuinness is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alexandra McGuinness Alexandra McGuinness is an actress, film director and screenwriter.

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Alf Collins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alf Collins Died at 85 (1866-1951) Alf Collins was a British film director and actor.

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alfred Hitchcock Died at 81 (1899-1980) Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was an English film director and producer. Often nicknamed "The Master of Suspense", he pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological ...more

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Anthony Hickox is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Anthony Hickox age 59 Anthony Hickox is a film director, film producer and screenwriter. His works include Waxwork and its sequel, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, Hellraiser III: Hell on ...more

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Ali Paterson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Ali Paterson age 30

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Alison Swan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alison Swan