Otto Bathurst

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Otto Benjamin Charles Bathurst (born June 1971)[citation needed] is a British television and film director. In 2014 he won a BAFTA for his work on BBC drama Peaky Blinders.[1][2] He was also previously BAFTA nominated for his work on BBC series Criminal Justice and Five Days.[3]

In 2011, Bathurst directed "The National Anthem", the first episode of science fiction anthology series Black Mirror.[4]

In 2018, he directed Robin Hood, starring Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlett, Jamie Foxx as Little John, Tim Minchin as Friar Tuck, Eve Hewson as Maid Marian and Taron Egerton as the eponymous hero. The film was released on 21 November.[5]

Bathurst has directed episodes of Urban Gothic, Teachers, Hustle and Margot, a biopic of Dame Margot Fonteyn starring Anne-Marie Duff, which focused upon the relationship between Fonteyn and Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev. He has been described as "Britain's most exciting director".[6]

Otto Bathurst is also know for his work on the 2018 version of Robin Hood film, a film which disappointed many viewers and gained only 15% rating on rotten tomatoes.

Early life and career[edit]

Bathurst was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of Elizabeth Mary (Thompson) and Christopher Bathurst, 3rd Viscount Bledisloe. He grew up in Dudley and Bridgnorth and began to study engineering at university but dropped out to move to London and work in film.[6]

Bathurst began his career in editing and then worked on commercials, before moving into television.[7]


  1. ^ "2014 Television Craft Director - Fiction - BAFTA Awards".
  2. ^ Live, Birmingham (28 April 2014). "Peaky Blinders wins two prizes at BAFTA Craft Awards".
  3. ^ "BAFTA Awards Search - BAFTA Awards".
  4. ^ Frost, Vicky (7 November 2011). "The National Anthem: the princess, the PM and bestiality on TV? It must be C4". the Guardian.
  5. ^ "Taron Egerton revealed as Robin Hood in first teaser" – via
  6. ^ a b "I hate period TV shows - but Peaky Blinders was rock 'n' roll".
  7. ^ "Otto Bathurst".

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