Roger Michell, film director like ‘Notting Hill’, ‘Morning Glory’ O ‘Venus’, He has died at 65, his publicist announced in a statement. Winner of two BAFTA Awards for his adaptation of the Jane Austen classic ‘Persuasion‘and for the miniseries ‘The Lost Honor of Christopher Jefferies’. His last project was the film ‘The Duke’, premiered in 2020 and starred Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren.
Michell passed away this past Tuesday, September 22. “With great sadness, the family of Roger Michell, director, screenwriter and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65“His publicist wrote in a statement, Variety reported.
A naturalized British, Michell was born on June 5, 1956 in Pretoria, South Africa. The director had a recognized career in the theater, being director for several seasons at the Royal Court Theater in the United Kingdom, as well as at the Royal Shakespeare Company .where he served as resident director. and the National Theater, among others.
Michell had a versatile career, standing out in the production of television series such as ‘Downtown Lagos’ or the adaptation of ‘The Buddha of the suburbs’ by Hanif Kureishi. His television adaptation of ‘Persuasion‘was released in cinemas outside the UK, which made him his debut as a filmmaker on the international market.
Officially, his debut for the big screen was in 1997, with the drama ‘My Night with Reg’, in which a group of English homosexuals talk for a whole night of their memories after one of their friends died of AIDS.
It was in 1999 when he achieved public recognition with the iconic romantic comedy ‘Notting Hill’. Written by Richard Curtis and starring Julia Roberts y Hugh Grant. The film reached $ 364 million in gross, becoming the third highest grossing British film in history and was nominated for the Golden Globes and BAFTAs.
Later, Michell directed “To the limit of the truth”, “The Mother”, “The intruder”, “Venus”, “Morning Glory” and “My cousin Rachel”. His latest projects were ‘The Decision’, a remake of the Danish film ‘Silent Heart’, and ‘The Duke’.