Christopher Morahan

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Christopher Morahan
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Christopher Morahan at the National Theatre Studio, November 2010
Born Christopher Thomas Morahan
(1929-07-09) 9 July 1929 (age 85)
London, England
Occupation Stage and television director
Years active 1957–present
Spouse(s) Joan Murray (her death)
Anna Carteret

Christopher Thomas Morahan CBE (born 9 July 1929) is an English stage and television director and production executive.

Life and career[edit]

Morahan was born in London in 1929, and was educated at Highgate School. He trained for the stage at the Old Vic Theatre School with actor/director Michel Saint-Denis, designer Margaret Harris, and director George Devine.

Initially an actor, Morahan was subsequently a television director from 1957, starting with the long-running ITV series Emergency Ward 10. His first stage production was Jules Feiffer's Little Murders for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre in July 1967, starring Brenda Bruce, Barbara Jefford, Derek Godfrey and Roland Curram.

From 1972 to 1976 he was the Head of Plays for BBC Television, a department responsible for such series as Play for Today. Morahan joined the National Theatre in 1977 as Deputy Director and was appointed Co-Director of the Olivier Theatre.

Personal life[edit]

Morahan's first wife was Joan Murray, with whom he had three children. After her death Morahan married actress Anna Carteret, and the couple have two daughters: theatre director Rebecca and actress Hattie Morahan.[1]


Morahan was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[2][3]

Selected directing credits[edit]





  • Simon Callow The National: The Theatre and its Work 1963–1997 by Nick Hern Books/NT, 1997 ISBN 1-85459-323-4
  • Leslie Halliwell and Philip Purser Halliwell's Television Companion, Third edition, Grafton, 1986 ISBN 0-246-12838-0
  • Theatre Record and Theatre Record annual indexes
  • John Walker (ed) Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies, Fourth edition, HarperCollins, 2006 ISBN 0-00-716957-4
  • Who's Who in the Theatre 17th edition, Gale, 1981 ISBN 0-8103-0235-7


  1. ^ Ann McFerran Interview with Anna Carteret and Hattie Morahan, The Sunday Times Magazine, 30 November 2008
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59808. p. 8. 11 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Main list of the 2011 Queen's birthday honours recipients" (PDF). BBC News UK. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  4. ^ British Theatre Guide review
  5. ^ The Daily Telegraph article re production of Legal Fictions

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