Sharon Maguire (born 17 August 1961) is a film director who came to prominence with Bridget Jones's Diary. The film was based on the book by her close friend Helen Fielding, and one of the main characters – "Shazzer" – is allegedly based on Maguire.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Born in Coventry to Irish Catholic parents,[2] Maguire studied English and drama at the University of Wales Aberystwyth from 1979 to 1983. After leaving university, she worked as a copywriter in publishing before doing a postgraduate degree in journalism at City University, London.


In 1987, she began a career in television, working as a researcher for The Media Show (C4) and then as a producer/director at BBC's The Late Show. She then went on to direct several documentaries for BBC's Omnibus and Bookmark, before leaving the corporation to direct commercials. Bridget Jones's Diary marked Maguire's feature directorial debut.

In 2016, she co-founded the television production company, 7 Stories, which creates scripted drama for TV.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

She has one child with her partner, director Anand Tucker.[citation needed]


As director:

  • The Thing is... Babies (documentary) (C4, 1991)
  • The Godfather (documentary) (BBC The Late Show, 1993)
  • Rumer Godden: An Indian Affair (documentary) (BBC Bookmark, 1995)
  • H.G. Wells: Bromley Boy (documentary) (BBC Bookmark, 1995)
  • H.G. Wells: The Panther and the Jaguar (documentary) (BBC Bookmark, 1995)
  • Dame Henrietta's Dream (documentary) (BBC Omnibus, 1997)
  • Bridget Jones's Diary (Universal, 2001)
  • Incendiary (2008) (Writer & Director)
  • Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (Lifetime TV, 2013)
  • Bridget Jones's Baby (Universal, 2016)
  • Voicemails for Isabelle (TBA)
  • Godmothered (TBA)


  1. ^ Sharon Maguire in the audio commentary for Bridget Jones's Diary.
  2. ^ Juarez, Vanessa (24 January 2008). "Sundance BuzzCheck: Michelle Williams' eerie "Incendiary"". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 27 April 2011.

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