Fast Facts

  • Played saxophone and banjo in a music group called Eilis.
  • Founded the Irish Writers' Cooperative in 1974, and has published several books, including the short-story collection Night in Tunisia (1976), and novels including The Past (1980), The Dreams of the Beast (1983), Shade (2005) and Mistaken (2011).
  • Made his directing debut in 1982 with the thriller Angel, which also marked his first collaboration with Irish actor Stephen Rea.
  • Biggest box-office success to date was the 1992 Anne Rice adaptation Interview with the Vampire, which grossed more than $200 million worldwide.
  • The London Film Critics Awards recognized him as Director of the Year in 1984 for The Company of Wolves, and British Director of the Year and British Screenwriter of the Year in 1992 for The Crying Game.

Awards

  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Venice Film Festival — Best Film: Winner
  • 1992, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 1992, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2000, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2000, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 1987, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1987, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Special Distinction (Best Foreign Film): Nominee
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  • 2000, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: Winner
  • 1987, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1992, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2006, European Film Awards — European Film: Nominee
  • 1998, Berlin Film Festival — Special Mention: Winner
  • 1998, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Director: Winner
  • 1993, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film: Winner
  • 1993, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 1987, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee

Relationships

  • Dashiel Jordan — Son
  • Mary O'Donoghue — Ex-significant Other
  • Ben Jordan — Son
  • Beverly D'Angelo — Ex-significant Other
  • Brenda Rawn — Wife
  • Anna Jordan — Daughter
  • Sarah Jordan — Daughter
  • Vivienne Shields — Ex-wife
  • Daniel Jordan — Son
  • Angela (O'Brien) Jordan — Mother
  • Michael Jordan — Father

College

  • National University of Ireland, University College, Dublin, Ireland (BA in Literature and History, 1972)

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  • Birth Name: Neil Patrick Jordan
  • Birth Place: Sligo, Ireland
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Author

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