Jon Amiel

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Jon Amiel
Jon Amiel Creation TIFF09 (Cropped1).jpg
Amiel at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival for the premier of Creation
Born (1948-05-20) 20 May 1948 (age 71)
London, England
ResidenceSanta Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationFilm director
Years active1977–present

Jon Amiel (born 20 May 1948) is an English director who has worked in film and television in both the UK and the US. After receiving a BAFTA Award nomination for the BBC series The Singing Detective (1986), he went on to direct films, including Sommersby (1993), Copycat (1995), and Entrapment (1999).


Early life[edit]

Amiel was born in London. He attended the William Ellis School in Highgate, before studying English literature at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, graduating in 1969.[1] It was while at Cambridge that he became involved with local theatre, and after college he went on to direct for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Movie career[edit]

After having worked as a story editor for the BBC, he directed the documentary The Silent Twins, and was chosen to direct the Dennis Potter serial The Singing Detective, for which he was BAFTA nominated.[2] He made his feature film debut in 1989 with Queen of Hearts.[3]

His most notable film is 1993's romantic drama Sommersby, starring Jodie Foster and Richard Gere. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $140 million worldwide.

Personal life[edit]

Amiel lives in Santa Monica with his wife, Tara, and their two sons, Luke and Max. He also has another son, an aspiring screenwriter, called Leo.





  1. ^ "Cambridge Tripos: English; Medical Sciences; Mathematics". The Times. 20 June 1969.
  2. ^ "Television - Drama Series 1987". BAFTA Award database. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  3. ^ Allon, Yoram; Del Cullen; Hannah Patterson (2002). Contemporary North American film directors: a Wallflower critical guide. Wallflower Press. pp. 11–12. ISBN 978-1-903364-52-9.

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