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Bharat Nalluri is a film and television director, who came to the fore directing the pilot episodes of Spooks (also known as MI-5), Life on Mars, and Hustle (which he also helped to conceive) all for transmission on BBC One.
Spooks won the BAFTA for Best Drama Series. Life on Mars gave Nalluri a BAFTA-nomination for Directing, it went on to win the International Emmy for Best Drama Series. Hustle garnered Nalluri a Director's Guild of Great Britain nomination for Best Director.
Nalluri was born in India. He moved to England at an early age with his family and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he attended the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. He has an MA in Film from The Northern School of Film and Television.
Nalluri directed a miniseries for HBO called Tsunami: The Aftermath, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy. This two-part drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Okenedo, Tim Roth, Hugh Bonneville and Toni Collette, told the story of the tragic events that occurred in Thailand in December 2004. Ejiofor and Okenedo garnered NAACP nominations for best supporting actor and best actress, which Okenedo went on to win. Toni Collette was nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actress.
In addition to his television work Nalluri has worked extensively in film. In 2007, Nalluri directed the feature film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day starring Amy Adams and Frances McDormand which had a successful theatrical release in the U.S. In 2014 he returned to Spooks (aka MI-5), which had by this time finished its ten-season run, to direct the feature film spin-off Spooks: The Greater Good. It starred Kit Harington. His latest film is The Man Who Invented Christmas, starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce and was released by Bleecker Street in November 2017.
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