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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.

This is a list that features people like Ricky Gervais and Alfred Hitchcock.

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 49
Adam Offord Buxton (born 7 June 1969) is an English comedian, writer and actor. He forms one half of the duo Adam and Joe, with filmmaker Joe Cornish. The pair presented Adam and Joe on BBC ...more
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Adrian Lester is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 50
Adrian Anthony Lester (born 14 August 1968), born Anthony Harvey, 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
Dec. at 55 (1935-1990)
Alan John Clarke (28 October 1935 – 24 July 1990) 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
Alexander Siddig age 53
Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi (Arabic: صدّيق الطاهر الفاضل الصدّيق عبدالرحمن محمد أحمد عبدالكريم المهدي‎ Ṣiddīq aṭ-Ṭāhir al-Fāḍil aṣ-Ṣiddīq ...more
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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Dec. at 81 (1899-1980)
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known ...more

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Andrew Gunn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Andrew Gunn may refer to: Andrew Gunn (director), British television director Andrew Gunn (film producer) (born 1969), American film producer
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Andrew McLaglen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Dec. at 94 (1920-2014)
Andrew Victor McLaglen (July 28, 1920 – August 30, 2014) was a British-born American film and television director, known for Westerns and adventure films, often starring John Wayne or James ...more
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Arthur Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Dec. at 75 (1900-1975)
Arthur Crabtree (29 October 1900 in Shipley, Yorkshire, England – 15 March 1975 in Worthing, Sussex, England) was a British cinematographer and film director. He directed several of the ...more
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Baz Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 74
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 59
Benjamin Charles Elton (born 3 May 1959) is a British-Australian comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a ...more
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Ben Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 53
Bennet Evan Miller (born 24 February 1966) is an English comedian, actor and director. He is one half of comedy double act Armstrong and Miller, with Alexander Armstrong. Miller and Armstrong ...more
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Ben Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 47
Ben Wheatley (born May 1972) is an English filmmaker and screenwriter. Beginning his career in advertising, Wheatley first gained recognition and acclaim for his commercials and short films, ...more
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Brian Trenchard-Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 73
Brian Trenchard-Smith (born 1946) is an English-Australian film and television director, producer, writer, consultant and actor who is notable for his contributions to the horror and action ...more
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Brian Woods is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 55
Brian Woods may refer to: Brian Woods (filmmaker) (born 1963), British documentary filmmaker Brian Woods (darts player) (born 1966), English darts player
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Bruce Gowers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Bruce Gowers is a British television director and producer, best known for his work on large-scale live music and event productions.Gowers started his career in his native United Kingdom, where ...more
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C.M. Pennington-Richards... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Dec. at 94 (1911-2005)
Cyril Montague Pennington-Richards (17 December 1911 – 2 January 2005) 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
Dec. at 89 (1910-1999)
Charles Ainslie Crichton (6 August 1910 – 14 September 1999) was an English film director and editor. Born in Wallasey, Cheshire, he became best known for directing many comedies produced at ...more
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Charles Jarrott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Dec. at 84 (1927-2011)
Charles Jarrott (16 June 1927 – 4 March 2011) 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 ...more
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Charles Sturridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 67
Charles B. G. Sturridge (born 24 June 1951) 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 89
Christopher Thomas Morahan CBE (9 July 1929 – 7 April 2017) was 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
Claire Stansfield age 54
Claire Stansfield (born 27 August 1964) is an English-Canadian actress, director, fashion designer and former model. She is best known for her recurring role as "Alti" in several ...more
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Clive A. Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 75
Clive A. Smith (often credited as Clive Smith) is a British expatriate director and animator who, with Michael Hirsh and Patrick Loubert, founded Canadian animation studio Nelvana in 1971. Smith ...more
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Craig Cash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
age 58
Craig Cash (born 11 September 1960) 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 ...more
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Cyril Coke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Television Directors from England
Dec. 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 97
Cyril S. Frankel (28 December 1921 – 7 June 2017) was a British film and television director. His career in television began in 1953 and he directed for over 30 TV programmes until 1990. He was ...more