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Fast Facts

  • 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.


  • 1999, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1998, Tony — Director (Musical): 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, BAFTA Film Awards — Outstanding British Film: Winner
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  • 2013, David di Donatello Awards — Best European Film: Nominee
  • 1999, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 2000, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Winner


  • Rachel Weisz — Ex-significant Other
  • Alfred Mendes — Grandfather
  • Mia Honey Threapleton — Stepdaughter
  • Jane Horrocks — Ex-significant Other
  • Valerie Helene (Barnett) Mendes — Mother
  • Joe Alfie Winslet-Mendes — Son
  • James Peter Mendes — Father
  • Kate Winslet — Wife (separated)
  • Rebecca Hall — Significant Other


  • University of Cambridge, Peterhouse College, Cambridge, England (BA, 1987)

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  • Birth Name: Samuel Alexander Mendes
  • Birth Place: Reading, England
  • Profession: Director, Producer

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