Julian Jarrold

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Julian Jarrold
Born (1960-05-15) 15 May 1960 (age 62)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Occupation(s)Director, producer
Years active1983–present

Julian Edward Peter Jarrold (born 15 May 1960 in Norwich, Norfolk) is a BAFTA Award-nominated English film and television director.

Early life[edit]

Jarrold was born into the family which founded Jarrolds of Norwich in 1823. He was educated at Gresham's School, Holt,[1] and Trinity & All Saints College.[2]


Jarrold directed Great Expectations, starring Ioan Gruffudd, in 1999. The Boston Globe felt that Jarrold helped distinguish it from the many other adaptations by "keeping the reins in on his characters, emotionally and morally. They are unromanticized and low-key performances that only rarely spill over into the maudlin and righteous."[3] In 2006, Jarrold directed Kinky Boots. The Chicago Tribune called the film "quite enjoyable, effortlessly well-done on every level, even moving at times, but relatively lightweight."[4] In 2007, Becoming Jane was released. The Washington Times stated that Jarrold's direction "has made a witty, beautiful film. His technical achievement is no small matter, with nice, long tracking shots and clever focus tricks."[5]

The following year, Jarrold directed the first film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's iconic story Brideshead Revisited, "one of the great English novels which has never been filmed," according to producer Kevin Loader.[6] It starred Hayley Atwell, Matthew Goode, Emma Thompson, and Michael Gambon. About the novel's status as an unchangeable classic, Jarrold stated that "there are people who are obsessive and obviously that's going to be daunting when they come and judge us. I've had a few people who have said, 'Why are you doing it?' But I think there is a generation who know nothing about Brideshead Revisited, who haven't read the book or who are only dimly aware of the TV series because it's been repeated on ITV4 or something."[7] The Daily Telegraph felt that Jarrold's "scenes are filled with grand period detail – huge Rolls-Royces, ice sculptures, vast fireplaces of sculptured marble – but he stops it from becoming an overblown, glossy spectacle by making the world around the characters feel like a dream."[6]

Jarrold directed the HBO film The Girl in 2013. The director received his first Emmy nomination for his work in the film.[8] Mandalay Vision has hired Jarrold to direct the serial killer film Exit 147, with a script written by Travis Milloy.[9] Producer Cathy Schulman and Matthew Rhodes are producing the film for Mandalay.[10] In February 2013, Taylor Kitsch joined the film to play lead as a sadistic sheriff.[11] Most recently Jarrold directed A Royal Night Out for Ecosse Films. The movie was released in May 2015.[12]

In 2016, Jarrold became a judge at the Norwich Film Festival, while in 2017, he became a patron of the festival.[13]

Filmography as director[edit]

Filmography as producer[edit]

  • The Other Side of Midnight (1988), TV mini-series presented by Tony Wilson


  1. ^ S. G. G. Benson and Martin Crossley Evans, I Will Plant Me a Tree: an Illustrated History of Gresham's School (James & James, London, 2002)
  2. ^ "Leeds Trinity University - Glittering Alumni". The Independent. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  3. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (7 May 1999). "Worthy of 'Expectations'". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2013. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Wilmington, Michael (21 April 2006). "'Kinky Boots' amusing, if just a little too sweet". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2013. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Torrance, Kelly Jane (3 August 2007). "'Becoming Jane' is fun without the genius; Strong cast, but love story about Austen built on a wisp". The Washington Times. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2013. (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b Williams, Sally (13 September 2008). "Brideshead Revisited: Sacred and profane". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  7. ^ Didcock, Barry (28 September 2008). "Returning To Waugh Recreating, And Editing, Brideshead Revisited for the Big Screen Was An Unenviable Task For Director Julian Jarrold". The Sunday Herald. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2013. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Khatchatourian, Maane (16 August 2013). "'The Girl': Emmy-Nommed Helmer Jarrold Proved No Bird-Brain". Variety. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  9. ^ White, James (21 February 2013). "Taylor Kitsch Takes Exit 147". Empire Online. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  10. ^ Fleming, Mike (1 March 2012). "Mandalay Vision Sets Julian Jarrold To Helm 'Exit 147′". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  11. ^ Langshaw, Mark (22 February 2013). "Taylor Kitsch linked with new horror-thriller 'Exit 147'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  12. ^ Girls' Night Out
  13. ^ Knights, Emma. "Stephen Fry becomes patron of Norwich Film Festival". Edp24.co.uk. Retrieved 26 November 2017.

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