Born to a family of puppeteers, JOE WRIGHT and grew up in the theatre his
parents founded, The Little Angel Theatre in Islington, London.
Wright studied Fine Art, Film and Video at Central St Martin's College of Art.
After college he worked on music videos and short films until 1997 when he was
commissioned to direct Nature Boy, a four-part mini-series for BBC2. Nature Boy
was awarded Best Drama Serial by the Royal Television Society. This was followed
by several other highly acclaimed, nominated, and awarded mini-series, including
Bob and Rose written by Russell T Davies, Bodily Harm starring Timothy Spall,
George Cole and Lesley Manville; and Charles II for the BBC1, starring Rufus
Sewell, which won the BAFTA for Best Drama Serial. Wright made his feature film
directorial debut in 2005 with Pride & Prejudice , starring Keira Knightley,
Matthew MacFadyen, Rosamund Pike, Donald Sutherland, Brenda Blethyn and with
Carey Mulligan, in her first screen appearance. The critically-acclaimed film
won Wright BAFTA's Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British
Director, Writer or Producer in Their First Feature Film. He was also honored
with the London Critics' Circle Film Award for British Director of the Year and
the Boston Society of Film Critics' award for Best New Filmmaker. Pride &
Prejudice was nominated for five additional BAFTA Awards, four Academy Awards
and two Golden Globe Awards. Wright's second feature Atonement , based on Ian
McEwan's novel, stars Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch and
Saoirse Ronan. The film received thirteen BAFTA Award nominations, and won for
Best Film and Best Production Design; received seven Academy Award nominations
including Best Picture, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Score;
received seven Golden Globe Award nominations, winning awards for Best Picture
[Drama] and Best Original Score.
Wright next directed The Soloist, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx,
followed by the sleeper hit Hanna with an electro music score by The Chemical
Brothers, starring Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett.
In 2011, Wright directed Anna Karenina , starring Keira Knightley, Aaron
Taylor-Johnson, Jude Law, Domnhall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander - in her first
English-speaking role - from a screenplay penned by Tom Stoppard. The film was
nominated for six BAFTA awards and four Academy Awards, taking home both
trophies for Best Costume Design.
In 2015, Wright directed Pan, an origin story of the beloved Peter Pan
characters, starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Levi Miller.
In 2016, Wright directed the acclaimed "Nosedive" episode of the television
series Black Mirror, which starred Bryce Dallas Howard in the leading role and
earned her a Screen Actors Guild nomination. Wright made his debut in the
theatre world in 2013 at the Donmar Warehouse with Trelawny of the Wells , an
Arthur Pinero play re-worked by Patrick Marber. This was followed by the
critically acclaimed A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic Theatre starring
Chiwetel Ejiofor, and most recently Life of Galileo at the Young Vic Theatre,
featuring music by The Chemical Brothers.
Wright is a director of Shoebox Films, a London based film and television
production company which, among other work, produced Steve Nights' critically
acclaimed and multi-award winning thriller Locke starring Tom Hardy. Wright
lives in London with his wife, classical sitarist Anoushka Shankar, and their
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