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Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom

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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?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of United Kingdom 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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Adam Curtis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
age 64
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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A.E. Coleby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
A.E. Coleby Dec. at 54 (1876-1930)
A. E. Coleby (1876 – July 15, 1930) 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 37
Abner Pastoll (born 12 February 1982) is a British-South African 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
age 39
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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Adam Deacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
age 36
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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Terry Hughes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Terry Hughes is a British television director. He won the 1976 BAFTA Award for Best Entertainment Programme for The Two Ronnies, the 1985 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a ...more
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Adam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
age 54
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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Adam Wimpenny is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Adam Wimpenny age 41
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
Dec. at 53 (1952-2005)
Adrian Biddle, BSC (20 July 1952 – 7 December 2005), 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
age 46
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 37
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
age 40
Ainslie Thomas Henderson (born 28 January 1979, Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish singer-songwriter. He is best known as a BAFTA award-winning animator, his appearance on the BBC's television ...more
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Alan Birkinshaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
age 75
Alan Birkinshaw, FRGS (born 15 June 1944, in Auckland, New Zealand) is a British film director, writer, and television and film producer.The son of two physicians, his first job was as a ...more
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Alan Bridges is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Dec. at 86 (1927-2013)
Alan Bridges (28 September 1927 – 7 December 2013) was an English film and television director. In 1967 Bridges directed a television adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations starring ...more
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Alan Bromly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Dec. 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
Dec. at 85 (1919-2004)
Alan Everest Brown (born in Malton, Yorkshire, 20 November 1919 – died in Guildford, Surrey, 20 January 2004) was a British racing driver from England. He took up motor racing in a Cooper, later ...more
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Alan Cooke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
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
age 97
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
age 54
Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and plays. His London ...more

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Alan Dossor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Dossor age 78
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. He is a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David.
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Alan Goodrick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Goodrick
Alan David Goodrick (born April 1962 in Manchester), better known under the pseudonym Gimpo, is an English film director and former roadie, best known as an associate and collaborator of The KLF ...more
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Alan Hume is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)
Alan Hume, BSC (16 October 1924 – 13 July 2010) was an English cinematographer.
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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
age 73
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 Root is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Root age 82
Alan Root is a cinematographer, film producer and film director.