- Mother Meredith Hooper is a prolific author specializing in the history of science; father Richard Hooper, a media executive, was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2005.
- Made his first film, a short about a runaway dog, at age 13; a short he made the next year (about a boy who learns that his grandfather had died in WWII) was the runner-up in a BBC young-filmmakers competition.
- Directed Kate Beckinsale in a stage production of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge while an Oxford student.
- Directed commercials in London before breaking into TV with the short-lived soap opera Quayside in 1997; graduated to EastEnders the next year.
- TV dramas Love in a Cold Climate (2002), Daniel Deronda (2003) and Prime Suspect 6 (2004) aired on Masterpiece Theatre in the U.S.
- Collaborations with Helen Mirren netted him an Emmy nomination (Prime Suspect 6) and an Emmy win (HBO's Elizabeth I, 2005).
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- 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Winner
- 2011, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Outstanding British Film: Winner
- 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Nominee
- 2016, David di Donatello Awards — Best European Film: Nominee
- 2011, David di Donatello Awards — Best European Film: Winner
- 2010, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
- 2012, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
- 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Outstanding British Film: Nominee
- 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee
- 2007, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Single Drama: Nominee
- 2011, European Film Awards — European Film: Nominee
- 2010, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
- 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee
- 2016, BAFTA Film Awards — Outstanding British Film: Nominee
- 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Nominee
- 2010, Toronto International Film Festival — People's Choice Award: Winner
- 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Nominee
- Rachel Hooper — Sister
- Richard Hooper — Father
- Tara Subkoff — Ex-fiancée
- Meredith Jean Hooper — Mother
- Ben Hooper — Brother
- University of Oxford, University College, Oxford, England (1991)
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