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 1977and 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 Hill’, ‘Changing Lanes’, ‘The Mother’, ‘Enduring Love’, ‘Venus’, ‘Morning Glory’, ‘Le Week-end’ and ‘My Cousin Rachel’. 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.