James Bobin

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James Bobin
James-Bobin Alice Through the Looking Glass premiere.jpg
Bobin in 2016
Born1972 (age 45-46)
Titchfield, England, UK
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Francesca Beauman
Children1 daughter, 2 sons

James Bobin (born 1972) is a British film director, writer, and producer. He worked as a director and writer on Da Ali G Show and helped create the characters of Ali G, Borat, and Brüno. With Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, he co-created Flight of the Conchords. He directed the feature films The Muppets (2011), Muppets Most Wanted (2014) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).

Early life and family[edit]

Bobin was raised in Titchfield, near Fareham, in Hampshire. His father, David Bobin, a sports broadcaster employed by Sky Sports, died on May 24, 2017. He was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and then studied History at Oxford University. He is married to Francesca Beauman and has three children.


Bobin worked as a director and writer on The 11 O'Clock Show and Da Ali G Show, and helped create the characters of Ali G, Borat, and Brüno.[1] In 2003 and 2004, he directed and co-wrote all of the 12 episodes of Ali G in da USAiii for HBO.

With Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, he co-created, wrote and directed Flight of the Conchords, also for HBO. Bobin had previously seen Clement and McKenzie perform and signed on to co-create the show.[2]

His feature film directorial debut, The Muppets, a musical-comedy film written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, was released in 2011 and became a critical and commercial hit and won an Oscar for Best Original Song. The film earned him his second BAFTA nomination at the 66th British Academy Film Awards. He wrote (with Nicholas Stoller) and directed a follow-up, Muppets Most Wanted, which was released in 2014.[3] Bobin next directed the sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016). In February 2016, it was announced that he will direct the Jump Street-Men in Black crossover film.[4]


Bobin received his first BAFTA nomination (British Academy of Film and Television Award) for "Best Comedy Series" in 2000. He also won an award from the Royal Television Society, as well as a Silver Rose from the Monteux Television Festival. He won a Writers Guild of America Award in 2007.

Bobin was nominated for Outstanding Writing and Directing Emmys for Da Ali G Show in 2003, and again in 2005. In 2008, he was nominated for Outstanding Writing, Directing, and Original Music for Flight of the Conchords.

In 2011, Bobin's first feature film, The Muppets, won an Oscar for Best Original Song for the song "Man or Muppet" written by Bret McKenzie.


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Notes
2011 The Muppets Yes No Directorial Debut
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Yes Yes
2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass Yes No
2019 Dora the Explorer [5] Yes No Filming
TBA MIB 23 Yes No Announced


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1998 The 11 O'Clock Show Yes Yes No Also associate producer
2000 (UK)
2003–2004 (US)
Da Ali G Show Yes Yes No
2004 Comedy Lab Yes No Yes
2007-2009 Flight of the Conchords Yes Yes executive
2011 Enlightened Yes No No



  1. ^ HBO: James Bobin, Executive Producer/Co-Creator/Director: Flight of the Conchords
  2. ^ Marc Allan – Fasten Your Seat Belts for Flight of the Conchords
  3. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Claude (1 March 2012). "New Muppets Movie Going Ahead, But Without Jason Segel As a Writer". Vulture. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Dave McNary (February 26, 2018). "'Dora the Explorer' Live-Action Movie Gets Summer Release". Variety. Retrieved March 11, 2018.

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