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SAM MENDES' film and theatre career spans 25 years. At just 24 years old he became the first Artistic Director of the Minerva Theatre in Chichester. At 27 he founded the Donmar Warehouse in London, which he ran for ten years, and where he directed many productions including "Assassins", "Cabaret, Translations", "Glengarry Glen Ross", "Company", "The Glass Menagerie", "Habeas Corpus", "The Blue Room", "To The Green Fields Beyond", "Uncle Vanya" and "Twelfth Night". It has become one of the world's leading playhouses.

He has many other theatre credits. For the Royal Shakespeare Company: "Troilus and Cressida", "Richard III", "The Tempest" and "The Alchemist". For the National Theatre: "The Sea", "The Birthday Party", "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice", "Othello" and "King Lear". In the West End: "The Cherry Orchard", "London Assurance", "Kean", "Oliver!" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", which is currently running in London at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. On Broadway: "Cabaret", "The Blue Room", "Gypsy" and "The Vertical Hour".

In 2009 he founded the Bridge Project, a transatlantic classical theatre company, for which he directed "The Winter's Tale", "The Cherry Orchard", "The Tempest", "As You Like It", and "Richard III". His many theatre awards include: four Olivier Awards, two Tony Awards, four Evening Standard Awards, several Critics' Choice Awards, and the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize.

In 1998 he directed his first film, American Beauty, winning the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture, as well as the Golden Globe and Directors' Guild Awards. He has since directed the Academy Award-winning Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go, and the BAFTA and Academy Award-winning Skyfall, the most successful film of all time in the UK and one of the most successful of all time worldwide.

In 2003 he founded Neal Street Productions with Pippa Harris and Caro Newling. Neal Street has produced the BAFTA award-winning television series "Call the Midwife" and "The Hollow Crown"; several movies including Things We Lost in the Fire, Stuart: A Life Backwards and Starter for 10; and in the theatre the long-running "Shrek The Musical".

He was awarded a CBE in 2000 and a Directors' Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

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