Stephen David Daldry, CBE (born 2 May 1960) is an English [1 ] theatre and Tony Award-winning film director and producer. All of the feature films that he has directed have been nominated for Best Director and/or Best Picture at the Academy Awards. These films are (2000), Billy Elliot (2002), The Hours (2008) and The Reader (2011). Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Early years [ edit ]
Daldry was born in
Dorset, England, the son of bank manager Patrick Daldry and singer Cherry (née Thompson). The family moved to [2 ] Taunton, Somerset, where when Daldry was aged 14, his father died of cancer. [3 ]
After this, Daldry joined a youth theatre group in Taunton,
and also [4 ] performed as Sandy Tyrell in Hayfever for local amateur society Taunton Thespians and then aged 18 won a Royal Air Force scholarship to University of Sheffield to study English, where he became chairman of SuTCo (Sheffield University Theatre Company).
After graduation, he spent a year travelling through
Italy, where he became a clown's apprentice. Returning to Sheffield, he became an apprentice at the Crucible Theatre from 1985-1988. He then trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School, London.
Daldry began his career at the
Sheffield Crucible with Artistic Director Clare Venables where he directed many productions. He also headed many productions at the Manchester Library Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Stratford East, Oxford Stage, Brighton and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was also Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1992-8, where he headed the £26 million development scheme. He was also Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, London (1989–92) and the Metro Theatre Company (1984-6). 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. He won awards on Broadway as well as the West End.
Daldry made his feature film directorial debut in 2000 with
. His next film was Billy Elliot , and it won Best Actress at the The Hours Academy Awards for Nicole Kidman. Recently, he directed a stage musical adaptation of , 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 Billy Elliot , based on the The Reader book of the same name and starring Kate Winslet, David Kross, and Ralph Fiennes. Again, it won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for Kate Winslet. He has received an Academy Award nomination for directing three of his four films.
Daldry was planning to direct a film adaptation of
Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel in 2005. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay In the ensuing three years, the project was cancelled and reinitiated several times, and in late 2006 was partially cast with [5 ] Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire. According to Chabon, production then stalled due to "studio-politics kinds of reasons that I'm not privy to," and as of April 2007 remains inactive. [6 ]
Daldry's fourth film was
, an adaptation of the book of the Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close same name written by Jonathan Safran Foer, starring newcomer Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Max Von Sydow. 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.
Detailed theatreography (up to 2003) [ edit ]
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), GateTheatre, 1991
Damned for Despair, Gate Theatre, 1991
Jerker, Gate Theate, 1991
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
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
also directed productions of Huckleberry Finn and Of Mice and Men.
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
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