Franc Roddam

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Franc Roddam
Franc Roddam 2014.jpg
Franc Roddam by Richard Keith Wolff
Born Francis George Roddam
(1946-04-29) 29 April 1946 (age 71)
Norton, County Durham, England
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Screenwriter, film director,
businessman, publisher,
television producer
Years active 1969–present
Television Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–86, 2002–04)
MasterChef (1990–2001, 2005–present)
Spouse(s) Ex-wives (divorced)
Leila Ansari (?–present)
Children 7

Francis George "Franc" Roddam (born 29 April 1946) is an English film director, businessman, screenwriter, television producer and publisher.


Roddam's films include Quadrophenia, K2, Aria, Lords of Discipline and War Party. He created the worldwide TV phenomenon, Masterchef, which is shown in 200 countries worldwide and there are 47 locally produced versions.

He also produced formats for Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Making Out, and Harry, all of which were highly successful TV dramas. He directed the award-winning TV drama Dummy, which won the prestigious Prix Italia Drama Prize. He directed the Grammy-nominated/Golden Globe nominated US mini-series Moby Dick and Cleopatra.

He won awards for his BBC documentaries, Mini and The Family. He is the founder and Chairman of Ziji Publishing, whose many titles include The Last Templar which sold over 5 million copies worldwide. He is a sponsor and former Governor of the London Film School and is an active member of the Greenworld Campaign.




Director on numerous accounts, including:

  • Shell
  • The Observer
  • Campbell Soups
  • BP
  • COI – Aids Campaign

In development[edit]

  • Waltzing Matilda — Producer/Director/Co-Writer
  • Let’s Face It — Producer/Director/Co-Writer
  • IGGY — Format Creator/Co-Writer
  • Win-Win — Format Creator/Co-Producer
  • 2 in a Million — Format Creator/Producer
Director Franc Roddam with an Arriflex film camera on the set of The Bride (1985)
Director Franc Roddam on the set of Cleopatra (1999)

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