Oscar Directors: Daldry, Stephen–Background, Career, Awards, Filmography (Cum Advantage, Theater, TV)

August 25, 2020

Stephen Daldry Career Summary:

Occupational Inheritance: Yes; mother singer; father, bank manager

Social Class:

Sex Orientation: Gay

Nationality: UK

Education:

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First Film:

First Oscar Nomination:

Other Nominations:

Other awards: 3 Olivier Awards; 1993, age 33

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Last Film:

Contract:

Career Output: 5 films in 20 years, 2000-2011

Career Span:

Marriage: performance artist, but gay

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Death:

Stephen David Daldry, CBE (born May 2, 1960) is an English director and producer of film, theatre, and television. He has won three Olivier Awards for his work in the West End and two Tony Awards for his work on Broadway. He has received three Academy Awards nominations for Best Director, for films Billy Elliot (2000), The Hours (2002), and The Reader (2008).

From 2016 to 2019, he produced and directed the Netflix TV series The Crown, for which he received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations and one win for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series.

Daldry joined an elite group of directors by receiving nominations for direction in theatre, television and film.

Daldry was born in Dorset, the son of singer Cherry (née Thompson) and bank manager Patrick Daldry.

The family moved to Taunton, Somerset, where his father died of cancer when Daldry was aged 14.

Daldry joined a youth theatre group in Taunton.[3] and performed as Sandy Tyrell in Hay Fever for the local amateur society, Taunton Thespians. At age 18, he won a Royal Air Force scholarship to read English at the University of Sheffield, where he became chair of the Sheffield University Theatre Group.

After graduation, he spent a year travelling through Italy, where he became a clown’s apprentice. He then trained as an actor on the postgraduate course at East 15 Acting School from 1982 to 1983.

Daldry began his career as an apprentice at the Sheffield Crucible from 1985 to 1988, working under artistic director Clare Venables. He also headed productions at the Manchester Library Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Stratford East, Oxford Stage, Brighton and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1992–98, where he headed the £26 million development scheme. He was also Artistic Director of London’s Gate Theatre (1989–92) and the Metro Theatre Company (1984–86). He is currently on the Board of the Young and Old Vic Theatres and remains an Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre. He was the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre for 2002 at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Daldry made his feature directorial debut with Billy Elliot (2000).

His next film was The Hours, and it won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for Nicole Kidman. Recently, he directed a stage musical adaptation of Billy Elliot, and in 2009 his work on it earned him a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical. He has also made a film version of The Reader (2008), based on the book of the same name and starring Kate Winslet, David Kross and Ralph Fiennes. The film won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for Kate Winslet.

He has received Oscar Award nominations for directing 3 of his 5 films.

Daldry’s fourth film was Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, an adaptation of the book of the same name written by Jonathan Safran Foer, starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow and introduced newcomer Thomas Horn. The screenplay was written by Eric Roth. The film received a nomination for Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards and a nomination for von Sydow for Best Supporting Actor.

Daldry was in a relationship with set designer Ian MacNeil for 13 years. They met at an outdoor production of Alice in Wonderland in Lancaster in 1988, and after settling in Camberwell, began collaborating on theatrical productions.

Greatly impacted by the 9/11 tragedy in the United States, Stephen decided he wanted to start a family and married American performance artist and magazine editor Lucy Sexton, with whom he has a daughter. Despite this, he continues to refer to himself as gay because the public “don’t like confusion.”

Works
West End
Apollo Theatre

The Audience with Kristin Scott Thomas
Gielgud Theatre

The Audience with Helen Mirren
Noël Coward Theatre

The Inheritance (also the Young Vic)
Royal Court Theatre

A Number
Far Away (also Albery Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop)
Via Dolorosa (also the Duchess Theatre)
Rat in the Skull
Body Talk
The Kitchen
The Editing Process
Search And Destroy
Royal National Theatre

An Inspector Calls
Machinal
Victoria Palace Theatre

Billy Elliot: The Musical
Wyndham’s Theatre

Skylight
Broadway
Booth Theatre

An Inspector Calls 27 April 1994 – 28 May 1995
Via Dolorosa 18 March 1999 – 13 June 1999
Ethel Barrymore Theater

The Inheritance 27 September 2019 – 13 March 2020
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

The Audience 8 March 2015 – 28 June 2015
Imperial Theatre

Billy Elliot: The Musical 1 October 2008 – 8 January 2012
John Golden Theatre

Skylight 2 April 2015 – 21 June 2015

Filmography
1998: Eight (short film)
2000: Billy Elliot
2001: The ‘Billy Elliot’ Boy (co-producer)
2002: The Hours
2008: The Reader
2011: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
2013: Alex Ko: From Iowa to Broadway, My Billy Elliot Story trailer/short film
2014: Trash
TBA: Wicked[11]

Television
2012: Games of the XXX Olympiad Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder
2012: Games of the XXX Olympiad Closing Ceremony: A Symphony of British Music
2016-20: The Crown (TV series)

Detailed theatreography
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool, England, then Theatre Royale, Stratford, England, 1988
An Inspector Calls, York Theatre Royal, 1988
Judgement Day, Old Red Lion Theatre, London, 1989
Figaro Gets Divorced, Gate Theatre, London, 1990
Cutting Room, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, 1990
Our Man in Marzibah and Rousseau’s Tale (double-bill), Gate Theatre, 1991
Damned for Despair, Gate Theatre, 1991
Jerker, Gate Theatre, 1991
(With Annie Castledine) Pioneers in Ingolstadt, Gate Theatre, 1991
(With Annie Castledine) Purgatory in Ingolstadt, Gate Theatre, 1991
Manon Lescaut, Dublin Grand Opera, 1992
An Inspector Calls, National Theatre Company, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1992, then Royale Theatre, New York City, 1994–1995, *later Garrick Theatre, London, 1995, finally Playhouse Theatre, London, 2016–17
Search and Destroy, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1993
Machinal, National Theatre Company, Lyttelton Theatre, 1993
The Europeans, 1993
The Kitchen, Royal Court Theatre, 1994
The Editing Process, Royal Court Theatre, 1994
Rat in the Skull, Duke of York’s Theatre, London, 1995
The Libertine, Royal Court Theatre, 1995
The Man of Mode, Royal Court Theatre, 1995
Body Talk, Royal Court Theatre, 1996
This Is a Chair, in London International Festival of Theatre, London, 1997
Via Dolorosa (solo show), Royal Court Theatre, 1998, then Booth Theatre, New York City, 1999
Far Away, Royal Court Theatre, 2000, then New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, 2002–2003
A Number, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, 2002, then New York Theatre Workshop, 2002–2003
The Jungle, Young Vic, 2017-2018, then St. Ann’s Warehouse, 2018

Awards and nominations
Awards
1993: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director of a Play – An Inspector Calls
1994: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play – An Inspector Calls
1994: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director of a Play – Machinal
1994: Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – An Inspector Calls
2000: BAFTA Award for Best British Film – Billy Elliot
2002: Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Director – The Hours
2009: Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical – Billy Elliot the Musical
2012: AARP Movies for Grownups Best Director – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
2015: Rome Film Festival People’s Choice Gala Award – Trash
2017: Golden Globe Awards Best Television Series Drama – The Crown Season 1
2018: Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – The Crown Season 2: Paterfamilias
2019: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director of a Play – The Inheritance
2020: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play – The Inheritance
Nominations
2000: Academy Award for Best Director – Billy Elliot
2000: BAFTA Award Best Director – Billy Elliot
2001: César Award for Best Foreign Film – Billy Elliot
2002: Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directing – Motion Pictures – The Hours
2002: Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture – The Hours
2002: Satellite Award for Best Director – The Hours
2002: Academy Award for Best Director – The Hours
2002: BAFTA Award for Best British Film – The Hours
2002: BAFTA Award for Best Director – The Hours
2004: César Award for Best Foreign Film – The Hours
2006: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director of a Musical – Billy Elliot the Musical
2008: Academy Award for Best Director – The Reader
2008: BAFTA Award for Best Director – The Reader
2008: Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture – The Reader
2008: Satellite Award for Best Director – The Reader
2013: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director – The Audience
2014: BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language – Trash
2015: Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – Skylight
2017: BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series – The Crown Season 1
2017: Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – The Crown Season 1: Hyde Park Corner
2018: Golden Globe Awards Best Television Series Drama – The Crown Season 2