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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?"

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Adam Curtis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
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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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)

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Holy Orders, Long Odds, Thelma, Kent, the Fighting Man, + more

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

Birthplace: Gauteng, Johannesburg, Africa, South Africa

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Me or the Dog, Homicide: Division B, A Great Mistake

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

Birthplace: Zimbabwe

Nationality: United Kingdom

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

Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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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Terry Hughes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom

Birthplace: United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: The Butcher's Wife, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Barnum, Sunset Limousine, Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, + more

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

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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Adam Wimpenny is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Adam Wimpenny Age: 41

Birthplace: Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Derren Brown Presents the 3D Magic Spectacular, Roar

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)

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 Hume Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Age: 46

Birthplace: Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Tandem

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

Birthplace: Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Angel Wing

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

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: I Am Tom Moody

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

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Invaders of the Lost Gold, Ten Little Indians, The House of Usher, Killer's Moon, The Man Who Couldn't Get Enough

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)

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: The Shooting Party, The Return of the Soldier, Invasion, Rain on the Roof, Let's Murder Vivaldi, + more

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)

Birthplace: Godalming Hundred, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Follow That Horse!

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)

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Private Romeo, Boys Life 4:Four Play, Book of Love, Superheroes

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

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Nadia, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Long After Summer, Pygmalion, The Mind of Mr. Soames

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

Birthplace: South East England, Buckinghamshire, Burnham, Eurasia, United Kingdom, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Let's Go Crazy

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

Birthplace: Aberfeldy, United Kingdom

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

Films Directed: The Anniversary Party, Butter, Suffering Man's Charity

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

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 Ereira is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Ereira

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Aluna, Terry Jones: The Surprising History of Sex and Love

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

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: K Foundation Burn a Million Quid

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)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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

Birthplace: England, London

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 Root is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from United Kingdom
Alan Root Age: 82

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom

Films Directed: Lights, Action, Africa!

Alan Root is a cinematographer, film producer and film director.