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1. Rodney Ackland

Writer | 49th Parallel

Ackland studied for the stage at the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art in London, England. He made his stage debut in 1924 at the Gate Theatre. Spent several years acting before turning to the cinema. His first screenwriting success came with his collaboration on Bank Holiday in ...

2. Lewis Allen

Director | The 20th Century-Fox Hour

Born in England on Christmas Day, 1905, Lewis Allen first came on the show-biz scene when he was appointed executive in charge of West End and Broadway stage productions for famed impresario Gilbert Miller. Allen also co-directed some of the productions (including the celebrated "Victoria Regina" ...

4. Julian Amyes

Director | Jane Eyre

Julian Amyes was born on August 9, 1917 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. He was a director and producer, known for Jane Eyre (1983), BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950) and Here I Stand... (1977). He was married to Anne Allan. He died on April 26, 1992 in London, England.

5. Michael Anderson

Director | Logan's Run

London-born Michael Anderson began his career in films as an office boy at Elstree studios. By 1938, he had progressed up the ladder to become assistant director for distinguished film makers Noël Coward, David Lean and Anthony Asquith. Shortly after, during wartime with the Royal Signals Corps (...

6. Ken Annakin

Director | The Longest Day

A former salesman and journalist, Ken Annakin got into the film industry making documentary shorts. His feature debut, Holiday Camp (1947), was a comedy about a Cockney family on vacation. It was made for the Rank Organization and was a modest success, spawning three sequels, all of which he ...

7. Paul Annett

Director | Saturday Night Thriller

Paul Annett was born on February 19, 1937 in London, England as Paul Anthony Annett. He was a director and producer, known for Saturday Night Thriller (1982), Fox Mystery Theater (1984) and Tales of the Unexpected (1979). He was married to Margo Andrew. He died on December 11, 2017.

8. Michael Apted

Director | Enigma

Michael Apted was born on February 10, 1941 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England as Michael David Apted. He is a director and producer, known for Enigma (2001), Rome (2005) and Unlocked (2017). He has been married to Paige Simpson since January 8, 2014. He was previously married to Dana Stevens ...

10. Jane Arden

Actress | The Other Side of the Underneath

Jane Arden was born in Wales in 1927 and left for London in her teens.

She trained at RADA and quickly began working as an actress and playwright. It was there that she met her future husband, Philip Saville, who is now perhaps most known for his work Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) and The Life and...

11. John Argyle

Producer | The Last Tide

John Argyle was born on March 6, 1911 in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England. He was a producer and writer, known for The Last Tide (1931), The Final Reckoning (1932) and The Green Finger (1946). He died in December 1962 in Salisbury, Rhodesia.

12. Leslie Arliss

Director | William Tell

Former journalist and film critic Leslie Arliss began his film career as a screenwriter in the 1930s, mainly for Gainsborough Pictures. He continued as a writer for ten years, leaving Gainsborough in 1941 when he was offered a chance to direct at Associated British. It wasn't long before he ...

13. Michael Armstrong

Writer | House of the Long Shadows

Michael Armstrong was born on July 24, 1944 in Bolton, Lancashire, England. He is a writer and director, known for House of the Long Shadows (1983), Mark of the Devil (1970) and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

14. Robert Asher

Director | The Avengers

British director Robert Asher began his film career in 1934 as an assistant director, and in that capacity worked with such directors as Roy Ward Baker and Anthony Pelissier. He became a director in 1959 with the Norman Wisdom comedy Follow a Star (1959). He and Wisdom were a good team, and Asher ...

15. Anthony Asquith

Director | Underground

British film director Anthony Asquith was born on November 9, 1902, to H.H. Asquith, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and his second wife. A former home secretary and the future leader of the Liberal Party, H.H. Asquith served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1908-1916 and was ...

16. Jim Atkinson

Sound_department | Deliverance

After a sudden stroke in July 1979, he was unable to continue working.

17. Richard Attenborough

Actor | Jurassic Park

Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. ...

18. Ray Austin

Director | Magnum, P.I.

Ray Austin was born on December 5, 1932 in London, England as Raymond John DeVere Austin. He is known for his work on Magnum, P.I. (1980), Department S (1969) and My Partner the Ghost (1969). He has been married to Wendy DeVere Knight-Wilton since November 3, 1984. He was previously married to ...

19. John Badham

Director | WarGames

English-born "Army brat" John Badham is the son of English actress Mary Hewitt and the stepson of an American Army general. Raised in Alabama and schooled at Yale, he cut his teeth producing and directing for TV before making his feature debut with The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor ...

20. Teddy Baird

Producer | Now It Can Be Told

Teddy Baird was born on September 9, 1901 in London, England as Edward Goodman. He was an assistant director and producer, known for Now It Can Be Told (1944), The Browning Version (1951) and The Winslow Boy (1948). He died on March 23, 1975.

21. Graham Baker

Director | Alien Nation

Studied painting, graphic design and architecture at Leicester College.

22. Robert S. Baker

Producer | The Saint

London-born Robert S. Baker served as an artilleryman in the British army during World War II, posted to North Africa (where he met future partner Monty Berman), and later joined the army's film and photography unit, becoming a combat cameraman in Europe. At war's end he and Berman formed Tempean ...

23. Roy Ward Baker

Director | Asylum

Roy Ward Baker's first job in films was as a teaboy at the Gainsborough Studios in London, England, but within three years he was working as an assistant director. During World War II, he worked in the Army Kinematograph Unit under Eric Ambler, a writer and film producer, who, after the war, gave ...

24. Antony Balch

Director | Secrets of Sex

A legendary figure in British film distribution of the 1960s and 1970s, Antony Balch was renowned for buying up European art/exploitation films and giving them catchy new English titles ("Weird Weirdo", "Don't Deliver Us From Evil"), as well as being responsible for the legendary sound version of ...

27. Charles Barnett

Director | A Daughter of the Night: Psalm 69

Charles Barnett is a director and writer, known for A Daughter of the Night: Psalm 69 (1927), Memories: Psalm 46 (1927) and The Shepherd: Psalm 23 (1927).

29. Zelda Barron

Director | Secret Places

Worked her way up from script supervisor to director, screenwriter and producer.

30. Joy Batchelor

Producer | Animal Farm

Wife and business partner of John Halas.

31. Roy Battersby

Director | Red Mercury

Roy Battersby was born in 1936 in London, England. He is known for his work on Red Mercury (2005), Winter Flight (1984) and The Home Front (1983). He has been married to Judy Loe since March 6, 1997.

32. John Baxter

Director | Fortune Lane

John Baxter was born on December 31, 1896 in Foots Cray, Kent, England as John Philip Baxter. He was a director and producer, known for Fortune Lane (1947), Let the People Sing (1942) and Say It with Flowers (1934). He died on February 15, 1975 in London, England.

33. Gabrielle Beaumont

Director | Hill Street Blues

Gabrielle Beaumont was born on April 7, 1942 in London, England as Gabrielle Amanda Beaumont. She is a director and producer, known for Hill Street Blues (1981), Remington Steele (1982) and L.A. Law (1986).

35. Charles Bennett

Writer | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Born just before the century turned, Charles Bennett made his writing debut as a child in 1911, fought in France during World War I while still a teen and resumed his acting career after the war's end. In 1926 he dropped acting to concentrate on being a playwright, later turning one of his most ...

36. Compton Bennett

Director | The Seventh Veil

Compton Bennett started out as a bandleader and then became a commercial artist. He turned out a few amateur films that caught the attention of producer Alexander Korda's London Films, and they hired him in 1932 as a film editor. During World War II he directed a few instructional films for the ...

37. Edward Bennett

Director | Ascendancy

Edward Bennett was born in 1950 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. He is a director and writer, known for Ascendancy (1983), Bye Bye Baby (2001) and Waking the Dead (2000).

38. Thomas Bentley

Director | After Office Hours

Thomas Bentley was born on February 23, 1884 in St George Hanover Square, London, England as William Dearsley Horn. He was a director and writer, known for After Office Hours (1932), The Old Curiosity Shop (1913) and Hard Times (1915). He died on December 23, 1966 in Bournemouth, England.

39. Monty Berman

Producer | Department S

Monty Berman was a producer of popular action series for ITC in the 1960's and early 70's. He was born Nestor Montague Berman to Jewish parents in the poor Whitechapel district of London. After completing his education at the University College School, he joined the small Twickenham Studio as a ...

40. Chris Bernard

Director | Letter to Brezhnev

Chris Bernard was born on October 20, 1955 in Liverpool, England. He is a director and producer, known for Letter to Brezhnev (1985), Screen Two (1985) and My Parents Are Aliens (1999).

41. Kevin Billington

Director | The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer

Kevin Billington was born on June 12, 1934 in England. He is a director and producer, known for The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970), The Light at the Edge of the World (1971) and Reflections (1984). He has been married to Rachel Billington since 1967. They have four children.

42. Richard Bird

Actor | The Halfway House

Richard Bird was born on April 4, 1895 in Liverpool, England as George Bird. He was an actor and director, known for The Halfway House (1944), Mimi (1935) and Tilly of Bloomsbury (1931). He was married to Joyce Barbour. He died in December 1979 in Northwood, London, England.

43. Daniel Birt

Director | Ett kungligt äventyr

British director of the late 40's and early 50's, noted for thrillers. Began in films as an assistant camera operator in 1929 and worked as a cutter by 1932.

45. Robert Bolt

Writer | A Man for All Seasons

Son of a small shopkeeper, he attended Manchester Grammar School. He later said that he made poor uses of his opportunities there. He went to work in an insurance office, but later entered Manchester University, taking a degree in History. A post-graduate year at Exeter University led to a ...

46. Jack Bond

Director | It Couldn't Happen Here

Jack Bond was born in 1937. He is a director and producer, known for It Couldn't Happen Here (1987), Anti-Clock (1979) and Pet Shop Boys: Videography (1991).

47. John Boorman

Producer | Hope and Glory

John Boorman attended Catholic school (Salesian Order) although his family was not, in fact, Roman Catholic. His first job was for a dry-cleaner. Later, he worked as a critic for a women's journal and for a radio station until he entered the television business, working for the BBC in Bristol. ...

48. Harry Booth

Director | Go for a Take

British director, producer, screenwriter and editor. He began in films in 1941.

49. John Boulting

Director | I'm All Right Jack

John Boulting was born on December 21, 1913 in Bray, Berkshire, England. He was a producer and director, known for I'm All Right Jack (1959), Seven Days to Noon (1950) and Private's Progress (1956). He was married to Anne Josephine Flynn, Ann Marion Ware, Jacqueline Helen Duncan and Veronica Davide...

50. Roy Boulting

Director | Seven Days to Noon

Roy Boulting was born on December 21, 1913 in Bray, Berkshire, England. He was a director and writer, known for Seven Days to Noon (1950), A French Mistress (1960) and The Family Way (1966). He was married to Sandra Spencer, Hayley Mills, Enid Munnik, Jean Capon and Marian Angela Warnock. He died ...

51. Muriel Box

Writer | The Seventh Veil

She was an extra in one of the 12 episodes of 'The Old Man in the Cellar' (1924).

52. Dallas Bower

Producer | The Path of Glory

Dallas Bower was born on July 25, 1907 in London, England. He was a producer and director, known for The Path of Glory (1934), The Tempest/II (1939) and Julius Caesar (1938). He died on October 18, 1999 in London.

53. Philip Brandon

Producer | The Fallen Idol

Philip Brandon was born on December 7, 1898 in London, England. He was an assistant director and producer, known for The Fallen Idol (1948), The Missing Million (1942) and We'll Meet Again (1943). He died on August 25, 1982 in Port Charlotte, Florida, USA.

54. Alan Bridges

Director | American Playhouse

Alan Bridges was born on September 28, 1927 in Liverpool, England as Alan James Stuart Bridges. He was a director and producer, known for American Playhouse (1981), The Hireling (1973) and The Shooting Party (1985). He was married to Ann Castle. He died on December 7, 2013 in the UK.

55. Alan Briggs

Producer | Suffer Little Children

Alan Briggs is a producer and director, known for Suffer Little Children (1983) and School of Shock (2017).

56. Harry Bromley Davenport

Director | Erasable You

Harry Bromley Davenport was born on March 15, 1950 in London, England. He is a director and producer, known for Erasable You (1998), Life Among the Cannibals (1999) and Xtro (1982).

57. Hugh Brody

Director | Hunters and Bombers

Father, with Juliet Stevenson, of daughter Rosalind and son Gabriel.

58. Clive Brook

Actor | On Approval

Born in London, England to Charlotte Mary (opera singer) and George Alfred Brook. He was educated privately. Stage experience included: "Oliver Twist", "Voysey Inheritence", "If I were King", "Importance of Being Ernest", Fair and Warmer", "Over Sunday", "Clothes and the WOman", and many others. ...

59. Peter Brook

Director | Lord of the Flies

Born in London, Peter was educated at Westminster, and Magdalen College Oxford. He has staged numerous productions for Birmingham Rep, Stratford Upon Avon and Broadway. In 1962 he was appointed Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, a position he held for 2 decades. His most famous stage ...

60. Kevin Brownlow

Producer | It Happened Here

Kevin Brownlow was born on June 2, 1938 in Crowborough, Sussex, England. He has been married to Virginia Keane since August 1969.

62. Adrian Brunel

Director | Cross Currents

Producer/director Adrian Brunel was a major director in England during the 1920s and 1930s. He founded Minerva Films in partnership with actor Leslie Howard, but his career started to fade during World War II. He later founded the London Film Society, an organization dedicated to eliminating ...

64. Jack Buchanan

Actor | The Sky's the Limit

Born in Scotland, Jack Buchanan made his stage acting debut in Britain in 1912, and on Broadway in 1924. Though he made his film debut in 1917 during the silent film era, Buchanan is probably best remembered for The Band Wagon (1953), co-starring with Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Nanette Fabray, ...

65. Harold S. Bucquet

Director | The Adventures of Tartu

After serving in the US Army during World War I, British-born Harold S. Bucquet entered the film business, first as an extra and then as a set designer. He became an assistant to director Allen Holubar, and later was hired as an assistant director at MGM--a studio where he was to spend the rest of ...

66. Stuart Burge

Director | Talking Heads 2

Stuart Burge was born on January 15, 1918 in Brentwood, Essex, England as Stuart Masters Haig Burge. He was a director and producer, known for Talking Heads 2 (1998), Secret Agent (1964) and Talking Heads (1987). He was married to Josephine Parker. He died on January 24, 2002 in Lymington, ...

68. Richard Burton

Actor | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Probably best-remembered for his turbulent personal life with Elizabeth Taylor (whom he married twice), Richard Burton was nonetheless also regarded as an often brilliant British actor of the post-WWII period.

Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in 1925 into a Welsh (Cymraeg)-speaking family in ...

69. Anthony Bushell

Actor | A Night to Remember

Anthony Bushell was born on May 19, 1904 in Westerham, Kent, England as Anthony Arnatt Bushell. He was an actor and producer, known for A Night to Remember (1958), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) and The Royal Bed (1931). He was married to Zelma O'Neal and Anne. He died on April 2, 1997 in Oxford, ...

70. Donald Cammell

Director | Wild Side

British director Donald Cammell, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1934, came from a wealthy shipbuilding family. He began his career as a painter and by the mid-'60s was celebrated among the "Swinging London" crowd. He made his foray into the film industry when he wrote the script for The Touchables...

71. Jack Cardiff

Director | Sons and Lovers

Almost universally considered one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, Jack Cardiff was also a notable director. He described his childhood as very happy and his parents as quite loving. They performed in music hall as comedians, so he grew up with the fun that came with their theatrical ...

72. Michael Carreras

Producer | What a Crazy World

Michael Carreras was born on December 21, 1927 in Wandsworth, London, England as Michael Henry Carreras. He was a producer and director, known for What a Crazy World (1963), Prehistoric Women (1967) and The Lost Continent (1968). He died on April 19, 1994 in Chelsea, London.

73. John Paddy Carstairs

Director | Incident in Shanghai

Writer-director John Paddy Carstairs was born Nelson Keys, the son of actor Nelson Keys and the brother of producer Anthony Nelson Keys, in London, England, in 1910. Beginning his career as an assistant cameraman, he worked his way up to screenwriter and made his directorial debut in 1933. While ...

74. Justin Cartwright

Writer | Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse

Justin Cartwright was born on April 20, 1945 in Cape Town, South Africa as Justin James Cartwright. He was a writer and director, known for Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse (1978), The Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2013) and Look at It This Way (1992). He was married to Penny. He died on December 3, ...

75. Henry Cass

Director | The Glass Mountain

Henry Cass was born on June 24, 1903 in Hampstead, London, England. He was a director and writer, known for The Glass Mountain (1949), Mr. Brown Comes Down the Hill (1965) and Give a Dog a Bone (1965). He was married to Joan Hopkins and Nancy Hornsby. He died on March 15, 1989 in Hastings, Sussex, ...

76. Don Chaffey

Director | The Avengers

British director Don Chaffey began his career in the film industry in the art department at Gainsborough Pictures. He began directing in 1951, often working on films aimed at children. He branched out into television in the mid-'50s, turning out many of the best episodes of such classic series as ...

77. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

78. Matthew Chapman

Writer | The Ledge

Matthew Chapman was born in Cambridge, England. He came to America in the 80s and has lived here ever since, first in Los Angeles, then, for the last fifteen years, in New York. He writes and directs films but also works as a journalist and author. He has written for Harpers Magazine, Huffington ...

80. Roger Christian

Set_decorator | Star Wars

Academy Award winner Roger Christian has had an extensive film career. He won an Academy Award for set decoration on director George Lucas's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), which began a long collaboration between the filmmakers. Christian subsequently worked with Lucas on Star Wars: ...

81. Jim Clark

Editor | The Mission

Jim Clark was born on May 24, 1931 in Boston, Lincolnshire, England as James Arthur Clark. He was an editor and director, known for The Mission (1986), The Killing Fields (1984) and Marathon Man (1976). He was married to Laurence Méry-Clark and Jessica Andrew. He died on February 25, 2016 in the UK.

82. Alan Clarke

Director | Screen Two

Liverpool native Alan Clarke got his start in the film business in Canada, where he studied acting and directing. Upon returning to England he got a job at ITV, then moved over to the BBC in 1969. He worked mostly in television, but he made a couple of feature films that got attention for their ...

84. Jack Clayton

Producer | The Innocents

Jack Clayton was born on March 1, 1921 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. He was a producer and director, known for The Innocents (1961), Screen Two (1985) and Our Mother's House (1967). He was married to Haya Harareet, Katherine Kath and Christine Norden. He died on February 26, 1995 in Slough, ...

85. Tom Clegg

Director | McVicar

Tom Clegg was born on October 16, 1934 in Lancashire, England as Thomas Harrison Clegg. He is known for his work on McVicar (1980), Slagskämpen (1984) and Sharpe's Enemy (1994). He was married to Audrey Clegg. He died on July 25, 2016 in the UK.

86. Brian Clemens

Writer | The Avengers

Brian Clemens was born on July 30, 1931 in Croydon, Surrey, England as Brian Horace Clemens. He was a writer and producer, known for The Avengers (1961), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) and Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974). He was married to Janet Elizabeth Clemens and Brenda Prior. He ...

87. Dick Clement

Writer | The Commitments

Dick Clement was born on September 5, 1937 in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England as Richard Clement. He is a writer and producer, known for The Commitments (1991), Flushed Away (2006) and The Bank Job (2008).

88. David Cobham

Director | Woof!

David Cobham was born on May 11, 1930 in Bridlington, Yorkshire, England as Michael David Cobham. He was a director and producer, known for Woof! (1989), Woof! (1989) and Bernard's Watch (1997). He was married to Liza Goddard and Janet Cobham. He died on March 25, 2018 in Norfolk, England.

90. Sidney Cole

Producer | The Adventures of Robin Hood

British producer and supervising editor at Ealing, 1942-52. Later worked in TV production, including a spell in New Zealand. Active in the technician's union (ACTT) from the 1930's.

92. Peter Collinson

Director | The Italian Job

Peter Collinson was born on April 1, 1936 in Lincolnshire, England as Peter Kenneth Collinson. He was a director and producer, known for The Italian Job (1969), The Long Day's Dying (1968) and Up the Junction (1968). He was married to Ann Collinson and Lisa Shane. He died on December 16, 1980 in ...

93. Lance Comfort

Director | Temptation Harbour

Director Lance Comfort began his film career as a camera operator. He also worked as a sound recordist and animator, mostly in British documentaries and medical training films. His first feature was the big-budget but slow-moving Courageous Mr. Penn (1942), a biography of 18th-century political ...

94. Kevin Connor

Director | Love at First Glance

Born Kings Cross, London. At school - age of twelve developed a passion for films, which he has retained ever since. Entered employment with a documentary film company, British Films Ltd., in London's Soho, as an Assistant Film Editor. Over several years, he worked in the editing rooms of Pinewood,...

95. Ray Cooney

Writer | Run for Your Wife

Ray Cooney was born on May 30, 1932 in London, England as Raymond George Alfred Cooney. He is a writer and actor, known for Run for Your Wife (2012), Not Now Darling (1973) and Not Now, Comrade (1976). He has been married to Linda Dixon since 1962. They have two children.

99. Albert de Courville

Director | Things Are Looking Up

Albert de Courville began his career as a stage director in Great Britain before turning to films in the 1930s. He directed several Jesse Mathews musicals, including There Goes the Bride (1932), and a Constance Cummings comedy, Strangers on a Honeymoon (1936). In the 1940s he journeyed to New York ...

100. Alex Cox

Director | Repo Man

Throughout his years in the industry, Alex Cox, an English writer-director, has not only proven his loyalty and integrity to cult cinema, but also his love for it. This all began in 1977, when Cox dropped out of Oxford University to study Radio, Film & TV at Bristol until graduating in 1977. Seeing...

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