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Stephen David Daldry, CBE (born 2 May 1960) is an English director and producer of film, theatre, and television. He has won two Olivier Awards for his work in the West End and two Tony Awards for his work on Broadway. He has directed several feature films that have been nominated for Best Director and/or Best Picture at the Academy Awards. These films are Billy Elliot (2000), The Hours (2002), The Reader (2008) and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011). In 2016, he produced and directed Netflix television series The Crown, for which he received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series. Daldry joined an elite group of directors by receiving nominations for direction in theatre, television and film.

Stephen Daldry

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Daldry in November 2013
Stephen David Daldry

(1960-05-02) 2 May 1960 (age 58)
EducationUniversity of Sheffield
University of Essex
OccupationDirector, Producer, Writer
Years active1985–present
Lucy Sexton (m. 2001)
AwardsSee Awards and Nominations


Early yearsEdit

Daldry was born in Dorset, England, the son of bank manager Patrick Daldry and singer Cherry (née Thompson) Daldry.[1] The family moved to Taunton, Somerset, where his father died of cancer when Daldry was aged 14.[2]

Daldry joined a youth theatre group in Taunton.[3] and performed as Sandy Tyrell in Hay Fever for the local amateur society, Taunton Thespians. At age 18, he won a Royal Air Force scholarship to University of Sheffield to study English, where he became chairman of the Sheffield University Theatre Group.[citation needed]

After graduation, he spent a year travelling through Italy, where he became a clown's apprentice. He then trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School, through the University of Essex, on the post-graduate course 1982-83. Returning to Sheffield, he became an apprentice at the Crucible Theatre from 1985–88.[citation needed]


Daldry began his career at the Sheffield Crucible with Artistic Director Clare Venables. He also headed productions at the Manchester Library Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Stratford East, Oxford Stage, Brighton and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1992–98, where he headed the £26 million development scheme. He was also Artistic Director of London's Gate Theatre (1989–92) and the Metro Theatre Company (1984–86). He is currently on the Board of the Young and Old Vic Theatres and remains an Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre. He was the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre for 2002 at St Catherine's College, Oxford.[citation needed]

Daldry made his feature film directorial debut with Billy Elliot (2000). His next film was The Hours, and it won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for Nicole Kidman. Recently, he directed a stage musical adaptation of Billy Elliot, and in 2009 his work on it earned him a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical. He has also made a film version of The Reader (2008), based on the book of the same name and starring Kate Winslet, David Kross and Ralph Fiennes. The film won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for Kate Winslet. He has received Academy Award nominations for directing three of his five films.[citation needed]

Daldry was planning to direct a film adaptation of Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay in 2005.[4] In the ensuing three years, the project was cancelled and reinitiated several times, and in late 2006 was partially cast with Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire. According to Chabon, production then stalled due to "studio-politics kinds of reasons that I'm not privy to," and as of April 2007 remains inactive.[5]

Daldry's fourth film was Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, an adaptation of the book of the same name written by Jonathan Safran Foer, starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow and introduced newcomer Thomas Horn. The screenplay was written by Eric Roth. The film received a nomination for Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards and a nomination for von Sydow for Best Supporting Actor.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Although Daldry has been married since 2001 to performance artist and magazine editor Lucy Sexton, with whom he has a daughter,[6][7] he describes himself simply as a gay man because people prefer it ("they don't like the confusion").[8]

He was previously in a relationship with set designer Ian MacNeil for 13 years.[9] They met at an outdoor production of Alice in Wonderland in Lancaster in 1988, and after settling in Camberwell, began collaborating on theatrical productions.[10][11]


Detailed theatreographyEdit

  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool, England, then Theatre Royale, Stratford, England, 1988
  • An Inspector Calls, York Theatre Royal, 1988
  • Judgement Day, Old Red Lion Theatre, London, 1989
  • Figaro Gets Divorced, Gate Theatre, London, 1990
  • Cutting Room, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, 1990
  • Our Man in Marzibah and Rousseau's Tale (double-bill), Gate Theatre, 1991
  • Damned for Despair, Gate Theatre, 1991
  • Jerker, Gate Theatre, 1991
  • (With Annie Castledine) Pioneers in Ingolstadt, Gate Theatre, 1991
  • (With Annie Castledine) Purgatory in Ingolstadt, Gate Theatre, 1991
  • Manon Lescaut, Dublin Grand Opera, 1992
  • An Inspector Calls, National Theatre Company, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1992, then Royale Theatre, New York City, 1994–1995, *later Garrick Theatre, London, 1995, finally Playhouse Theatre, London, 2016–17
  • Search and Destroy, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1993
  • Machinal, National Theatre Company, Lyttelton Theatre, 1993
  • The Europeans, 1993
  • The Kitchen, Royal Court Theatre, 1994
  • The Editing Process, Royal Court Theatre, 1994
  • Rat in the Skull, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1995
  • The Libertine, Royal Court Theatre, 1995
  • The Man of Mode, Royal Court Theatre, 1995
  • Body Talk, Royal Court Theatre, 1996
  • This Is a Chair, in London International Festival of Theatre, London, 1997
  • Via Dolorosa (solo show), Royal Court Theatre, 1998, then Booth Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • Far Away, Royal Court Theatre, 2000, then New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, 2002–2003
  • A Number, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, 2002, then New York Theatre Workshop, 2002–2003

Awards and nominationsEdit



  1. ^ "Stephen Daldry Biography". Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  2. ^ "ENTERTAINMENT | Stephen Daldry: From stage to screen". BBC News. 2001-03-13. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  3. ^ Kellaway, Kate (8 December 2002). "Stephen Daldry: He'll turn his hand to anything". The Guardian. London, UK.
  4. ^ Nancy Hass (7 November 2004). "Scott Rudin's Three Ring Holiday Circus". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 May 2008.
  5. ^ Timothy Hodler (2007). "Michael Chabon Q & A". Details. Archived from the original on 22 May 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2008.
  6. ^ Giltz, Michael (18 March 2003). "The golden Hours". The Advocate. Archived from the original on 20 January 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2008.
  7. ^ "Stephen Daldry". Matt & Andrej Koymasky - The Living Room - Biographies. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  8. ^ Wood, Gaby (14 June 2009). "How Britain became the toast of Broadway". The Observer. London.
  9. ^ The Broadway League. "Stephen Daldry". IBDB. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
  11. ^ League, The Broadway. "Ian MacNeil – Broadway Cast & Staff - IBDB".
  12. ^ Lang, Brent (August 31, 2018). "'Cats' Lands December 2019 Release Date, 'Wicked' Delayed". variety. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
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