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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 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 50
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
Dec. 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 53
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 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 "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 53
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 47
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 73
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 67
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 89
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 54
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 75
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 58
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
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 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