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List of notable or famous television directors from England, with bios and photos, including the top television directors born in England and even some popular television directors who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English television directors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These television directors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known television director from England is included when available.

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This historic television directors from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English television directors of note?" and "Who are the most famous television directors from England?" These prominent television directors of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English television directors.

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Adam Buxton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 48 Adam Offord Buxton is an English comedian and actor. With Joe Cornish, he forms one half of the duo Adam and Joe. The pair presented Adam and Joe on BBC Radio 6 Music, whilst Buxton also ...more

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Adrian Lester is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 49 Adrian Anthony Lester, OBE is an English actor, director, and writer.

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Alan Clarke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 55 (1935-1990) Alan Clarke was an English television and film director, producer and writer.

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Alexander Siddig is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 52 Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi is a British actor. He is known by the stage names Siddig El Fadil through the mid-1990s and Alexander Siddig ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
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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Andrew Gunn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Andrew Gunn is a British television director. He was born in Staffordshire and later grew up on Tyneside before attending film school in Surrey and Dorset. He has written and directed several ...more

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Andrew McLaglen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 94 (1920-2014) Andrew Victor McLaglen was a film and television director, known for westerns and adventure films, often starring John Wayne or James Stewart. He was born in London, but lived and worked in the ...more

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Arthur Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 75 (1900-1975) Arthur Crabtree was a British cinematographer and film director. He directed several of the Gainsborough Melodramas. Crabtree earliest credits as a cinematographer working on such films as the ...more

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Baz Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 73 Baz Taylor is a television director and producer.

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Ben Elton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 58 Benjamin Charles "Ben" Elton is an English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on ...more

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Ben Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 52 Bennet Evan "Ben" Miller is an English comedian, actor, and director. He is best known as one half of comedy double act Armstrong and Miller, with Alexander Armstrong. Miller and ...more

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Ben Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 46 Ben Wheatley is an English director of feature films, TV comedy shows, adverts and idents, animated shorts and internet viral ads.

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Brian Trenchard-Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 72 Brian Trenchard-Smith is an English film and television director, producer, writer, consultant and actor who is notable for his contributions to the horror and action genre during the 1970s and ...more

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Brian Woods is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 55 Brian Edwards is a BAFTA award-winning British documentary film-maker, who founded and currently runs True Vision, an independent production company, which concentrates mainly on human ...more

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Bruce Gowers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Bruce Gowers is an English television director and producer, best known for work on large-scale live music and event productions. Gowers started his career in his native England where his ...more

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C.M. Pennington-Richards is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 94 (1911-2005) Cyril Montague Pennington Richards was a British film director and cinematographer.

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Charles Crichton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 89 (1910-1999) Charles Crichton was an English film director and editor. Born in Wallasey, Cheshire, he became best known for directing many comedies produced at Ealing Studios and had a 40-year career editing ...more

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Charles Jarrott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 84 (1927-2011) Charles Jarrott was a British film and television director. He was best known for costume dramas he directed for producer Hal B. Wallis, among them Anne of the Thousand Days, which earned him a ...more

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Charles Sturridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 66 Charles B. G. Sturridge is an English screenwriter, producer, stage, television and film director.

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Christopher Morahan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 88 Christopher Thomas Morahan CBE is an English stage and television director and production executive.

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Claire Stansfield is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 53 Claire Stansfield is an Anglo-German actress, director, fashion designer and former model. She is best known for her recurring role as "Alti" in several episodes of the TV series Xena: ...more

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Clive A. Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 74 Clive A. Smith is a British expatriate director and animator who, with Michael Hirsh and Patrick Loubert, founded Canadian animation studio Nelvana in 1971. Smith worked on some of his studio's ...more

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Craig Cash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 57 Craig Cash is an English comedian, actor, director and BAFTA award-winning writer and producer. His best known work is in the television shows The Royle Family, The Fast Show, The Mrs Merton ...more

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Cyril Coke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 79 (1914-1993) Cyril Coke was a television director.

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Cyril Frankel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 96 Cyril Frankel is a retired British film and television director. His career in television began in 1953 and he directed for over 30 TV programmes until 1990. He was born in Stoke Newington, ...more

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Dan Clark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 41 Daniel Gregory "Dan" Clark is an English actor, comedian, writer, director and singer. He is best known for playing Don Danbury on the BBC Three sitcom How Not to Live Your Life, which ...more

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David Croft is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 89 (1922-2011) Major David John Croft OBE, born David John Andrew Sharland, was an English writer, producer and director. David Croft is particularly noted for producing and co-writing a string of popular BBC ...more

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David Hemmings is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 62 (1941-2003) David Edward Leslie Hemmings was an English film, theatre and television actor as well as a film and television director and producer. He and his manager created the Hemdale Film Corporation in ...more

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David Mallet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
David Mallet is a British director. Mallet rose to prominence in the late 1970s as a director of the then new format of music videos with Scott Millaney's hugely successful enterprise MGMM, and ...more

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David Threlfall is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 64 David Threlfall is an English stage, film and television actor and director best known for playing Frank Gallagher in Channel 4's series Shameless. He has also directed several episodes of the ...more

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David Yates is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 54 David Yates is an English filmmaker who has directed feature films, short films, and television productions. He rose to mainstream prominence by directing the final four films in the Harry ...more

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Don Chaffey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 73 (1917-1990) Donald Chaffey was a British film director, writer, producer, and art director. Chaffey's film career began as an art director in 1947, and his directorial debut was in 1953. He remained active ...more

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Douglas Hickox is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 59 (1929-1988) Douglas Hickox was an English film director. Hickox was born in London, where he was educated at Emanuel School. Hickox worked extensively as an assistant director and second unit director ...more

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Gary Davy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Gary Davy Gary Davy is a casting director.

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Geoffrey Sax is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Geoffrey Sax is a British film and television director, who has worked on a variety of drama productions in both the UK and the United States.

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Gerald Scarfe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 81 Gerald Anthony Scarfe, CBE, RDI is an English cartoonist and illustrator. He has worked as editorial cartoonist for The Sunday Times and illustrator for The New Yorker. His other work includes ...more

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Gillian Lynne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 92 Dame Gillian Barbara Lynne, DBE is a British ballerina, dancer, choreographer, actress, and theatre/television director, noted for her popular theatre choreography associated with the musical ...more

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Gordon Hessler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 89 (1925-2014) Gordon Hessler was a British film and television director, screenwriter, and producer. Born in Berlin, Germany, he was raised in England and studied at the University of Reading. While a ...more

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Graeme Muir is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Graeme Muir Died at 71 (1916-1987) Greame Muir was a film producer, director and actor.

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Harvey Frost is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Harvey Frost is a television director and screenwriter.

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Ian Emes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 68 Ian Ronald Emes born 17 August 1949; is a British animator and film director, from Handsworth, Birmingham, England, known for his work with Pink Floyd, who have used his animated films as ...more

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Ida Lupino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 77 (1918-1995) Ida Lupino was an English-American film actress and director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers. In her forty-eight-year career, she appeared in fifty-nine films and directed seven others, ...more

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Jane Birkin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 71 Jane Birkin is an actor.

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Jeremy Brock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 59 Jeremy Brock is an English actor, producer, writer, fisher and director whose works include the screenplays Mrs. Brown, Driving Lessons, The Last King of Scotland, and Charlotte Gray. His awards ...more

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Jeremy Summers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 87 Jeremy Summers is a television and film director.

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Jim Goddard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 77 (1936-2013) Jim Goddard is a Film Director.

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Joe Cornish is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 49 Joseph Murray "Joe" Cornish is an English comedian, television and radio presenter, film director, writer and actor, who together with his long-time comedy partner, Adam Buxton, forms ...more

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John Gilling is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Died at 72 (1912-1984) John Gilling was an English film director and screenwriter, born in London. He was chiefly known for his horror films, especially for Hammer Films, for whom he directed Shadow of the Cat, The ...more

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John Glen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 85 John Glen is an English film director, film editor, and author. He is best known for his directorial and editing work on eight James Bond films from the 1960s to the 1980s.

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John Glenister is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 85 John Glenister is an English television director. His credits include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Emma, Rumpole of the Bailey, Play For Today, Dennis Potter's 1971 biopic of Casanova, A Touch ...more