Notting Hill film director Roger Michell dies aged 65 | Ents & Arts News



Film, TV and theatre director Roger Michell has died, aged 65.

Michell is best known for directing Notting Hill, Venus, and My Cousin Rachel.

“It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65 on 22 September,” a statement from his publicist said.

He was born in Pretoria, South Africa while his father, a British diplomat, was posted there, and he also spent time in Beirut, Damascus and Prague.

His theatre credits include Nina Raine’s Consent, Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, and Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, with many of his productions playing at the National Theatre.

His films include Enduring Love, Morning Glory, Persuasion, Blackbird, and the forthcoming The Duke starring Dame Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Matthew Goode.

Michell married Kate Buffery in the 1990s, and the pair were divorced in 2002. That same year, he married Line Of Duty actress Anna Maxwell Martin – with whom he had two daughters.

Martin confirmed to You Magazine last year that she and Mr Martin had separated.

The director won his first BAFTA in 1995, winning best single drama for Persuasion, an adaption of Jane Austen’s life.

In 2015, he won his second BAFTA for TV drama The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies, which told a true-life story of a retired schoolteacher accused of murder.

Mr Jefferies, who was one of Michell’s teachers at school, was innocent.



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