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Charlie McDowell (born July 10, 1983)[1] is an American film director and writer. He is most known for his film The One I Love.

Charlie McDowell
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Charles Malcolm Taylor

(1983-07-10) July 10, 1983 (ageĀ 36)
EducationAFI Conservatory
OccupationFilm director, writer
Notable work
The One I Love
The Discovery
Parent(s)Malcolm McDowell
Mary Steenburgen



In 2011, McDowell's Twitter feed, @charliemcdowell, was described by Time as "one of the most hilarious Twitter feeds out there,"[2] and in 2013 Three Rivers Press published McDowell's book, Dear Girls Above Me, based on his Twitter feed.[3][4]

His debut film, The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, where shortly after it was acquired by RADiUS-TWC and released in August 2014.[5][6][7] In 2015, McDowell directed Sarah Silverman's HBO pilot.[8] McDowell's next film The Discovery, stars Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, and Robert Redford.[9][10] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix for a global release in 2017.[11]

In March 2017, film-maker McDowell announced he was adapting author Don DeLillo's novel Zero K as a limited series for FX with Noah Hawley and Scott Rudin producing.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

McDowell was born in Los Angeles, the son of English actor Malcolm McDowell and American actress Mary Steenburgen.[13][14] He has an older sister, Lilly Amanda (born 1981), and three younger half-brothers, Beckett Taylor (born 2004), Finnian Anderson (born 2006), and Seamus Hudson (born 2009), from his father's marriage to Kelley Kuhr.

In 2007, Charlie was in a romance with actress Haylie Duff.[15] Later, McDowell dated actress Kristin Chenoweth for less than a year, from April 2008 to February 2009.[16][17] From 2010 to late 2016, he was in a relationship with Rooney Mara[18][19][20]. Between 2017 and 2018, he was romantically linked to the star of The Originals, Phoebe Tonkin.[21][22] Following he started dating Emilia Clarke in late 2018 as confirmed via the same Instagram post made by both on Clarke's birthday.[23]The romance with Clarke ended in February 2019 and a few months later, in June 2019, Charlie returned to the instagram, but now exchanged complimentary messages and videos to show that he was in a new romance, now with actress Lily Collins.[24][25].


  1. ^ "Charlie McDowell". Celebrity-birthday.sorg. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  2. ^ Megan Gibson (28 March 2011). "Charlie McDowell". Time. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Dear Girls Above Me [review]". Publishers Weekly. 2013-07-01.
  4. ^ Bielski, Zosia (2013-06-27). "'Forced to listen' to the girls upstairs, Charlie McDowell took to Twitter". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  5. ^ "Sundance 2014: You're not supposed to know anything about 'The One I Love'". Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 23, 2014). "Sundance: Radius-TWC Acquires 'The One I Love'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 19, 2014). "Hot Trailer: Elisabeth Moss & Mark Duplass Get Trippy In 'The One I Love'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 13, 2015). "Charlie McDowell To Direct HBO's Sarah Silverman Pilot, Jeremy Garelick To Helm Fox's 'Detour'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  9. ^ Dave McNary (2015-10-27). "Nicholas Hoult, Rooney Mara Starring in Romance 'The Discovery'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  10. ^ Busch, Anita (March 9, 2016). "Robert Redford & Jason Segel Join Rooney Mara In 'The Discovery'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  11. ^ Jafaar, Ali (June 13, 2016). "Netflix Acquires The World On 'The Discovery' With Rooney Mara, Robert Redford And Jason Segel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  12. ^ Swinson, Brock (March 30, 2017). "The Discovery: A Big Premise Character Piece". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  13. ^ Matt Patches (2014-01-08). "Sundance Preview: Mark Duplass is Both Mentor and Star on Set of 'The One I Love'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  14. ^ Nigel M Smith (2015-04-18). "The Indiewire Springboard: Meet Twitter Sensation, Published Author and Director of 'The One I Love, Charlie McDowell". Indiewire. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  15. ^ "Actress Haylie Duff and boyfriend filmmaker Charlie McDowell attend... | WireImage | 77724753". Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  16. ^ "Charlie McDowell Talks Future Wife After Reportedly Dating Actress, Past Girlfriends". LIVERAMPUP. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  17. ^ "Charlie McDowell and Kristin Chenoweth". Who's Dated Who?. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  18. ^ "Rooney Mara Is Dating Charlie McDowell". People Magazine. January 18, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  19. ^ Whiteman, Bobbie (May 6, 2016). "Still going strong! Rooney Mara and beau of six years Charlie McDowell make rare appearance together in NYC during shopping spree". Daily Mail. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  20. ^ Mohr, Ian (January 10, 2017). "Hollywood's Jesus and Mary hooking up". New York Post. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  21. ^ "Charlie McDowell Talks Future Wife After Reportedly Dating Actress, Past Girlfriends". LIVERAMPUP. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  22. ^ "Phoebe Tonkin in LAX with new rumoured boyfriend Charlie McDowell". Pinterest. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  23. ^ Bailey, Alyssa (2018-10-25). "Emilia Clarke and Charlie McDowell Just Slyly Announced They're Dating on Instagram". ELLE. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  24. ^ "Lily Collins sparks romance rumours with Emilia Clarke's ex boyfriend". Mail Online. 2019-07-16. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  25. ^ "Lily Collins sparks dating rumours with Emilia Clarke's ex Charlie McDowell". Metro. 2019-07-17. Retrieved 2019-07-17.


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