Ol Parker

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Ol Parker
Oliver Parker

2 June 1969 (1969-06-02) (age 53)
London, England
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1995–present
(m. 1998)
Children3, including Nico Parker

Oliver Parker (born 2 June 1969) is an English director, producer and screenwriter. He wrote and directed the 2018 musical film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Early life[edit]

Parker was born in London, England, and brought up in the village of Radwinter, near the market town of Saffron Walden in Essex.[1]

Parker was educated at Dame Bradbury's School, an independent school in Saffron Walden in Essex, and at Clare College at the University of Cambridge, where he read English.[1]


Parker's directing credits include Imagine Me & You (2005) and Now Is Good (2012). He wrote the screenplay for Imagine Me & You, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), and wrote and directed the musical sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018).[2] He wrote and directed the 2022 romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He married actress Thandiwe Newton in 1998, and they have three children: daughters Ripley (b. 2000) and Nico (b. 2004), and son Booker Jombe (b. 2014).[4][5]

He and Thandiwe Newton separated in 2022.[6][7]


Year Title Director Writer Notes
2000 It Was an Accident No Yes
2005 Imagine Me & You Yes Yes
2011 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel No Yes
2012 Now Is Good Yes Yes
2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel No Yes
2018 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Yes Yes
2021 A Boy Called Christmas No Yes Also executive producer
2022 Ticket to Paradise Yes Yes


  1. ^ a b Daniel Barden (1 November 2020). "Director and screenwriter Ol Parker to revisit Saffron Screen for Q & A session". Saffron Waden Reporter. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (19 May 2017). "'Mamma Mia' Sequel Gets Release Date, Director at Universal". Variety. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  3. ^ Smart, Jack (21 October 2022). "'It could only be George and Julia.' Ticket To Paradise director Ol Parker says he didn't have a backup plan". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 17 January 2023.
  4. ^ Eggenberger, Nicole (5 March 2014). "Thandie Newton welcomes baby boy Booker Jombe Parker in home birth". Us Weekly. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  5. ^ Rivera, Zayda (6 March 2014). "Thandie Newton, husband Ol Parker welcome son Booker Jombe Parker in home birth". Daily News.
  6. ^ https://hollywoodlife.com/2022/04/20/thandiwe-newton-husband-no-wedding-ring-photo/
  7. ^ https://hollywoodlife.com/2022/07/30/thandiwe-newton-ol-parker-reunite-first-photos/

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