Philippa Lowthorpe (born 27 December 1961) is an English film and television director. She was awarded the Deluxe Director Award at the WFTV Film and Television Awards for the miniseries Three Girls. She recently directed episodes of the second season of The Crown and the 2020 film Misbehaviour.
Lowthorpe was born in a village near Doncaster, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and grew up in Nettleham, Lincolnshire. She attended De Aston School in Market Rasen and then went to St Hilda's College, Oxford to study Classics. Philippa moved to Bristol to make documentaries for BBC Bristol, including Three Salons at the Seaside and A Skirt Through History about women's untold stories.
Philippa started out as a director in documentaries. Her award-winning documentaries led her to be invited to write and direct her first drama Eight Hours from Paris (1997) for George Faber, a film for Screen Two in which real people played themselves, alongside professional actors. This was followed by The Other Boleyn Girl (2003), adapted from the 2001 novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory, for BBC films, shown on BBC 2.
She was lead director on the very first series of Call the Midwife. Her opening episode gained the highest audience for any debut of a drama in the past decade. She also directed the first Call the Midwife Christmas Special (2013), for which she won a BAFTA for directing. She is the only woman ever to have won this award.
Other directing credits include the multi-award-winning Five Daughters (2010), Jamaica Inn (2014), Cider with Rosie (2015), and the feature film Swallows and Amazons (2016) for BFI/Studio Canal/BBC films.
Her credits include Jamaica Inn, Call the Midwife, for which she won a British Academy Television Craft Award in 2013, Five Daughters, Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2003). A 2013 interview with her appears on the BAFTA website, and she received a British Film Institute award in 2013. Her very first feature film Swallows and Amazons won Grand Prize Feature at New York International Children's Film Festival, and the Youth Jury Award for Best Films4Families Feature at Seattle International Film Festival in 2017.
Philippa's recent work, the BBC mini-series Three Girls (2017) about the Rochdale young child exploitation, reunited her with Executive Producer Susan Hogg and Producer Simon Lewis who she had previously worked with on the award-winning ″Five Daughters″. The series was awarded by BAFTA for best directing in fiction, with writer Nicole Taylor recognised for best writing in a drama series, and Úna Ní Dhonghaíle for best editing in fiction, in 2018. In May 2018 "Three Girls" was also voted Best Mini Series at the BAFTA TV Awards (shared with Nicole Taylor, Susan Hogg and Simon Lewis). In October 2018 "Three Girls" also won the Prix Italia (again shared with Nicole Taylor, Susan Hogg and Simon Lewis).
Film and television
|1992||BBC 40 Minutes||Documentary Series; |
Episode: "Not at Their Age"
|1994||Three Salons at the Seaside||Documentary; also producer|
|1994||A Skirt Through History||Documentary Series; also producer; |
Episodes: "The Experiment", "A Marriage"
|1997||Eight Hours from Paris||TM Movie for Screen Two; also producer|
|2003||The Other Boleyn Girl||TV Movie|
|2006||Beau Brummell: This Charming Man||TV Movie|
|2007||Sex, the City and Me||TV Movie|
|2013-2014||Call the Midwife||5 episodes|
|2014||Jamaica Inn||TV Mini-Series; all 3 parts|
|2015||Cider with Rosie||TV Movie|
|2016||Swallows and Amazons|
|2017||Three Girls||Mini-Series; all 3 parts|
|2017||The Crown||Episodes: "Marionettes", "Vergangenheit"|
Awards and nominations
|1995||RTS Programme Awards||Best Single Documentary||Three Salons at the Seaside||Won|||
|2011||RTS Programme Awards - West of England||Best Television Drama||Five Daughters||Nominated [4a]|||
|RTS Programme Awards||Best Drama Serial||Five Daughters||Won [4a]|||
|2013||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Best Director - Fiction / Entertainment||Call the Midwife||Won|
|British Academy Television Awards||Radio Times Audience Award||Nominated [1a]|
|Television and Radio Industries Club Awards||HD Drama Programme of the Year||Won [1a]|||
|Christopher Award||Television & Cable||Won [1b]|||
|RTS Programme Awards - West of England||Best Director Drama||Call the Midwife||Won|||
|RTS Programme Awards||Best Drama Series||Call the Midwife]||Nominated [1a]|||
|2017||Seattle International Film Festival||Youth Jury Award for Best Films4Families Feature||Swallows and Amazons||Won [3a]|||
|RTS Programme Awards - West of England||Best Director, Drama||Nominated|||
|New York International Children's Film Festival||Grand Prize Feature||Won [3a]|||
|2017||WFTV Awards||The Deluxe Director Award||Herself||Won|||
|Festival de la Fiction TV Awards||Jury Special Prize for European Fiction||Three Girls||Won [2a]|
|2018||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Best Director: Fiction||Three Girls||Won|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Mini-Series||Nominated [2a]|
|Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Best Single Drama/Mini-series||Won [2a]|||
|UK Broadcast Awards||Best Drama Series or Serial||Won [2a]|||
|RTS Programme Awards - West of England||Best Television Drama||Three Girls||Won [2a]|||
|Best Director Drama||Won|
|RTS Programme Awards||Best Mini-Series||Three Girls||Won [2a]|||
- 1. 1a Call the Midwife — with Heidi Thomas (writer), Hugh Warren (producer), and Pippa Harris (executive producer)
- ... 1b — with Heidi Thomas (writer) and Pippa Harris (executive producer)
- 2. 2a Three Girls — with Nicole Taylor (writer), Simon Lewis (producer), and Susan Hogg (executive producer)
- 3. 3a Swallows and Amazons — with Andrea Gibb
- 4. 4a Five Daughters — with Stephen Butchard and Simon Lewis
- Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts in recognition of Philippa's contribution to film and television, UWE Bristol.
- "Philippa Lowthorpe - Personal Appointments". Companies House. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
- "Meet the 2017 Women in Film and Television Award Winners". WFTV (Women in Film & TV, UK). Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- "UWE Bristol awards honorary degree to Philippa Lowthorpe - UWE Bristol: News Releases". info.uwe.ac.uk. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
- "Interview: Acting for Crewe and camera". The Independent. 13 November 1997. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
- "UWE Bristol awards honorary degree to Philippa Lowthorpe". UWE Bristol. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- "Lowthorpe becomes BAFTA's first female drama director winner". Directors UK. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "Philippa Lowthorpe: Big Questions". BAFTA. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "BFI announces support for Philippa Lowthorpe, Andrew Steggall and Jane Lightfoot in latest round of First Feature Awards" (PDF). BFI. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "New York International Children's Film Festival - Announces 2017 Award Winners" (PDF). MYICFF. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- "SIFF 2017 Award Winners". SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival). Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- Barraclough, Leo (29 June 2015). "'Sherlock's' Moriarty, Andrew Scott, Joins Cast of 'Swallows and Amazons' (Exclusive)". variety.com. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- "40 Minutes". BBC Genome. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- "Three Salons at the Seaside (1994)". BFI. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- "A Skirt Through History". BBC Active's Video for Learning. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- "BBC Two - Sex, the City and Me". BBC. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- "BBC Two - Cider with Rosie". BBC. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- "Royal Television Society, UK - 1995 Awards". IMDb. Missing or empty
- "West of England Award Winners and Nominees 2010" (PDF). UK RTS. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- "RTS Programme Awards 2011". UK RTS. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- "BBC leads the pack at TRIC Awards". BBC. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- Rossi, Tony (9 April 2013). "The 2013 Christopher Award Winners for TV, Film and Books Are…". Patheos. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- "RTS West of England Awards 2013". UK RTS. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- "RTS Programme Awards Awards 2013". UK RTS. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- "SIFF 2017 Award Winners". SIFF. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- "RTS West of England Awards 2017". UK RTS. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- Jennifer Wolfe (20 January 2017). "New York Int'l Children's Film Festival Announces Complete 2017 Slate". AWN. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- "Meet the 2017 Women in Film and Television Award Winners". WFTV. 2 December 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "BPG Awards 2018". Broadcasting Press Guild Association. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "Winners 2018". The Broadcast Awards. February 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- Bristol (18 March 2018). "RTS West of England Awards - winners announced!". UK RTS. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- "RTS Programme Awards 2018, In Partnership with Audio Network". UK RTS. Retrieved 16 May 2018.