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Danny Boyle

Film Director Danny Boyle
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Profession: Film Director

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: The English director's first success was the film thriller "Shallow Grave" (1994) starring Ewan McGregor which won Best British film at the BAFTAs. He followed it up with Trainspotting (1996) and the zombie horror film "28 Days Later" (2002).

His 2008 film "Slumdog Millionaire" starring Dev Patel was the most successful British film of the decade and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning Best Director for Boyle. He has since followed it up with the biopic "Steve Jobs" based on the life of the Apple founder and a 2017 sequel to Trainspotting.

In 2012 Boyle was widely praised for his role as artistic director for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, featuring Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig as James Bond.

Born: October 20, 1956
Birthplace: Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Age: 64 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Libra

Historical Events

  • 1996-02-23 "Trainspotting" directed by Danny Boyle based on the book by Irvine Welsh, starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller opens in cinemas in the UK and Ireland
  • 2008-08-30 "Slumdog Millionaire" based on the novel "Q & A" by Vikas Swarup, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Dev Patel premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2009)
  • 2008-09-13 33rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Slumdog Millionaire" directed by Danny Boyle wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2009-02-08 62nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Slumdog Millionaire" Best Film, Danny Boyle Best Director
  • 2018-08-26 Danny Boyle pulls out of directing the next James Bond film due to 'creative differences'

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