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Susanna White (born 1960) is a British television and film director.

Susanna White
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Born1960 (age 58–59)
OccupationTV and film director
Years active1985–present


Early lifeEdit

White was born in England in 1960. She first became interested in films at 8 years old, when she visited the set of the BBC children's TV show Crackerjack, and asked her parents to buy her a Super 8 film camera. She read English at Oxford University, and then won a Fulbright scholarship to study film at UCLA.[1]


After graduation, White spent 12 years making documentaries for BBC2. In 1999, she failed to win a place on a BBC training scheme and was turned down for a BBC drama director trainee course. In 2001, she was supported by BBC2 controller Jane Root, who eased her into drama with a £200,000 budget drama for BBC2, Love Again, about Philip Larkin.[2] She won a BAFTA award for best drama serial for her work on the 2005 version of Bleak House. She directed the BBC mini-series Jane Eyre of which she was nominated for an Emmy award. She also directed four episodes of the HBO miniseries Generation Kill, and all five episodes of the 2012 series Parade's End.[1]

In film, White directed Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and most recently Our Kind of Traitor.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

White and her husband, an Oxford academic and part-time dairy farmer, live on a dairy farm in Sussex with their twin daughters, Beatrix and Oriane.[1][4]



Year Title Notes
1997 Bicycle Thieves Short
2010 Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
2016 Our Kind of Traitor
2017 Woman Walks Ahead


Year Title Notes
1985 Bleak House Episode 7
1988 40 Minutes Episode: "The Gypsies Are Coming"
1995 Modern Times 2 episodes
2001 Holby City 3 episodes
2002 Attachments 4 episodes
2002 Teachers 5 episodes
2003 Love Again TV film
2004 Lie with Me TV film
2005 Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle TV film
2005 Bleak House 7 episodes
2006 Jane Eyre 4 episodes
2007 The Diary of a Nobody TV film
2008 Generation Kill 4 episodes
2011 Boardwalk Empire Episode: "A Dangerous Maid"
2012 Parade's End 5 episodes
2015 Masters of Sex Episode: "Party of Four"
2016 Billions Episode: "Where the F*** is Donnie?"
2018 Trust 2 episodes


  1. ^ a b c "Susanna White: From Jane Eyre to Generation Kill". Independent.
  2. ^ Brown, Maggie. "Parade's End director says sexism is still rife in drama world". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Damian Lewis and Jeremy Northam Join Cast of Spy Thriller Our Kind of Traitor". Variety. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  4. ^ "How I make it work: Susanna White". The Sunday Times.

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