Began directing for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1990 when he was 25 years old.
Won Best Director at the 1996 Laurence Olivier Awards for Company and The Glass Menagerie, and became the Awards' first triple winner in 2003 when he received Best Director for Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya, as well as a special award for his work as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse theater.
His feature-film directorial debut came in 1999 with the critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning American Beauty.
Received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Directors Guild of Great Britain Awards in 2005, despite having directed only two features at that point in his career.
Engaged in early talks with composer Stephen Sondheim to create a film version of the Tony Award-winning musical Sweeney Todd, but the project fell through. Tim Burton later stepped up to direct the film in 2007.
2000, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
1999, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
1998, Tony — Director (Musical): Nominee
2009, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
1999, Toronto International Film Festival — People's Choice Award: Winner
2000, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
2013, David di Donatello Awards — Best European Film: Nominee
2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Outstanding British Film: Winner
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1999, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
2000, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Winner
2018, Olivier Awards — Best Director: Nominee
Joe Alfie Winslet-Mendes — Son
James Peter Mendes — Father
Alison Balsom — Wife
Rebecca Hall — Ex-significant Other
Alfred Mendes — Grandfather
Mia Honey Threapleton — Stepdaughter
Rachel Weisz — Ex-significant Other
Jane Horrocks — Ex-significant Other
Valerie Helene (Barnett) Mendes — Mother
Kate Winslet — Ex-wife
University of Cambridge, Peterhouse College, Cambridge, England (BA, 1987)