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Kevin Billington (born 12 June 1934) is an English film director, who has worked in the theatre, film and television since the 1960s.

Kevin Billington
Rachel en Kevin Billington (1968).jpg
Kevin Billington and his wife Rachel in 1968
Born (1934-06-12) 12 June 1934 (age 85)
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge
OccupationFilm/theatre director

The son of a factory worker,[1] and educated at Bryanston School and Queens' College, Cambridge,[2] early in his career he worked for the BBC as a radio producer in Leeds (1959–60) and then for television in Manchester (1960–61) before working on the early evening Tonight and on documentaries for the BBC and ATV until 1967.[3] Billington's films include The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970), which stars Peter Cook, while his theatre work includes several productions of plays by Harold Pinter, his brother-in-law.

Billington's television work includes Henry VIII (1979) for the BBC Television Shakespeare project, one of the best received productions in the series.[4] He also directed The Good Soldier (Granada 1981), based on the novel by Ford Madox Ford, and A Time to Dance (BBC 1992), adapted by Melvyn Bragg from his own work of fiction.[5]

He is married to Lady Rachel Billington, having met while they were both working in New York, they married the following year[1] in 1967.[6] The couple have four children and five grandchildren.

Filmography as directorEdit


  1. ^ a b Fred Hauptfuhrer "The Literary Longfords Include Lord Porn, Mum and Antonia—Now Make Way for Sister Rachel" People, 13:12, 24 March 1980
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  3. ^ "Kevin Billington, Esq Authorised Biography", Debrett's
  4. ^ Michael Brooke "Henry VIII On Screen", BFI screenonline
  5. ^ Jerry Roberts Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors, Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009, p.43
  6. ^ Mario Conte "God & I: Rachel Billington", Messenger of St Anthony, September 2009

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