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Acclaimed English director MIKE NEWELL (Director) directs Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth installment in J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter series, a mantle previously worn by Chris Columbus on the first and second films and Alfonso CuarĂ³n on the third. Newell is the first British director to take the helm of a Harry Potter film.

Newell most recently directed Julia Roberts and Julia Stiles in Mona Lisa Smile, although he is perhaps best known for directing the 1994 hit romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral, which won a number of awards and garnered two Academy Award nominations, including Best Film. In a career spanning 40 years, he has directed films such as the highly praised Enchanted April, which earned three Academy Award nominations and won Golden Globe Awards for Miranda Richardson and Joan Plowright; Into The West, starring Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne and featuring a score by Patrick Doyle; and The Good Father, which starred Sir Anthony Hopkins and won the Prix Italia in 1985

Newell's other notable feature films include Pushing Tin, starring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; Donnie Brasco (teaming him again with composer Patrick Doyle), starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino; An Awfully Big Adventure; as well as Amazing Grace and Chuck and Soursweet.

After graduating Cambridge University, Newell joined Manchester-based Granada Television as a production trainee and swiftly moved on to directing. His many television credits include Them Down There, Ready When You Are, Mr McGill, Destiny and The Melancholy Hussar, as well as numerous Anglo-American co-productions including Blood Feud and CBS's Common Ground.

Newell made his feature directional debut in 1977 with The Man in the Iron Mask, starring Louis Jordan, Ralph Richardson, Richard Chamberlain and Jenny Agutter. He made his US directorial debut in 1980 with The Awakening, starring Charlton Heston and Susannah York. This was followed by Bad Blood, the TV film Birth of a Nation, and then the haunting Dance With a Stranger with Miranda Richardson and Rupert Everett, which won the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes and brought Newell worldwide critical acclaim.

Through his company, Dogstar Films, Newell served as executive producer on Photographing Fairies, with Ben Kingsley and Best Laid Plans. He was also executive producer on Ripley's Game, starring John Malkovich; 200 Cigarettes, starring Ben Affleck and Kate Hudson; High Fidelity, starring John Cusack and Jack Black; and Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, winner of four Academy Awards.


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