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Sam Taylor-Wood Biography

Birth Name:
Samantha Taylor
Birth Place:
Croyden, London, England
Director, photographer

Fast Facts

  • Began showing her photos and videos at exhibitions in 1991, with her first solo show in 1994
  • Received the Most Promising Young Artist award at the Venice Biennale in 1997
  • Diagnosed with colon cancer in 1997 and breast cancer in 2000
  • Was appointed Order of the British Empire for her service to the arts in 2011
  • Takes portraits for those helped by Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres


  • 2010BAFTA Film Awards-Outstanding British Film: nominated
  • 2010BAFTA Film Awards-Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: nominated
  • 2009Sundance Film Festival-Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking: winner
  • 2009BAFTA Film Awards-Best Short Film: nominated