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Tom Hooper Biography

Birth Name:
Thomas George Hooper
Birth Place:
London, England
Profession
Director

Fast Facts

  • 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
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  • Collaborations with Helen Mirren netted him an Emmy nomination (Prime Suspect 6) and an Emmy win (HBO's Elizabeth I, 2005)

Awards

  • 2016David di Donatello Awards-Best European Film: nominated
  • 2016BAFTA Film Awards-Outstanding British Film: nominated
  • 2013Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2013BAFTA Film Awards-Outstanding British Film: nominated
  • 2012Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2012César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2011Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2011Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2011European Film Awards-European Film: nominated
  • 2011David di Donatello Awards-Best European Film: winner
  • 2011BAFTA Film Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2011BAFTA Film Awards-Outstanding British Film: winner
  • 2010London Film Critics Association-Best British Director: nominated
  • 2010Toronto International Film Festival-People's Choice Award: winner
  • 2010Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: winner
  • 2010Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: nominated
  • 2007BAFTA Television Awards-Best Single Drama: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: winner

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