Bill Bryden

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Bill Bryden
William Campbell Rough Bryden

(1942-04-12) 12 April 1942 (age 79)
OccupationTheatre director
Spouse(s)Deborah Morris (1970–1988) div
Angela Douglas (1988–present, married 2009)
AwardsLaurence Olivier Award for Best Director (1985): The Mysteries

William Campbell Rough Bryden, CBE, born on 12 April 1942 in Greenock, is a Scottish stage and film director and screenwriter.


He has worked as a director at the Royal Court Theatre (1967–1971), the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh (1972–1975), the National Theatre (1975–1985); and as a visiting director in Glasgow and New York. In 1990, he directed Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, at the Royal Opera House. He has also done work for film and television, as screenwriter, director and executive producer.

Personal life[edit]

He married Deborah Morris, a potter, in 1970 and they had two children. The couple divorced in 1988.

In 1988, he met actress Angela Douglas at a dinner party arranged by mutual friend Marsha Hunt.[1] They have lived together in west London since, and were married at City Hall, New York City in February 2009.[citation needed]

National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview (C1316/11) with Bill Bryden in 2009 for its Legacy of the English Stage Company collection held by the British Library.[2]


Film director[edit]


Theatre director[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Craig, Cairns (1980), Fearful Selves: Character, Community and the Scottish Imagination, in Cencrastus No. 4, Winter 1980-81, pp. 29 - 32,ISSN 0264-0856


  1. ^ Fox, Sue (1994-08-14). "How We Met: Bill Bryden and Angela Douglas". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  2. ^ National Life Stories, 'Bryden, Bill (1 of 6) National Life Stories Collection: The Legacy of the English Stage Company', The British Library Board, 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2018
  3. ^ Stevenson, Randall (1981), Scottish Theatre Company: First Days, First Nights, in Murray, Glen (ed.), Cencrastus No. 7, Winter 1981 - 82, pp. 10 - 13

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