Directors: Mitchel, Roger


The son of an English diplomat, Roger Michell was born in South Africa and as a child lived in Beirut, Damascus and Prague. He started directing plays at school before going on to Cambridge where he won the RSC Buzz Goodbody Award at the National Student Drama Festival in 1977 and a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival in the same year.

He has subsequently directed plays at the National Theatre, the Old Vic, Lyric Hammersmith, Donmar, Hampstead, Royal Court, Almeida, in the West End and on Broadway and elsewhere and for six years he was resident director at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London.

In the early nineties, he began directing for TV and film, and his work includes the award-winning mini-series Buddha of Suburbia, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (TV), and the films Persuasion, Titanic Town, My Night with Reg, Notting Hill͛, Changing Lanes, The Mother, Enduring Love, Venus, Morning Glory, Le Week-end and My Cousin Rachel͛.

He has also directed documentaries for the BBC and a number of commercials.

He has received many awards for his film work including two BAFTAs®, an Evening Standard Award, two EMPIRE Awards, Critics Circle Award and Awards from Festivals at Emden, Locarno, Seville, Shanghai, Rheims and elsewhere.

He is married to the actress Anna Maxwell Martin and lives with his four children in North London.

He is a member of the Academy.


Roger Michell Awards:

2015 BAFTA® TV Award (Best Mini-series) The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

1996 BAFTA® TV Award (Best Single Drama) Persuasion.

1999 Emden International Film Festival Award of the German Unions Assoc.

2000 Empire Awards UK. (Best British Director) Notting Hill (1999).

1998 Locarno International Film Festival (Prize of the Ecumenical Jury) Titanic Town (1998).

2006 Seville European Film Festival Winner Golden Giradillo – Best Film – Venus (2006).