Famous British Cinematographers

Find out more about the greatest British Cinematographers, including Roger Deakins, David Lean, Nicolas Roeg, Peter Greenaway and Douglas Slocombe.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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Roger Deakins
(Cinematographer)

Roger Deakins
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Birthdate: May 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Torquay

English cinematographer Roger Deakins is known for his collaborations with ace directors such as Sam Mendes and the Coen brothers. He gained fame with his Academy Award-winning cinematography in the films 1917 and Blade Runner 2049, and his work on The Shawshank Redemption and A Beautiful Mind.

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Tony Curran
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Birthdate: December 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

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David Lean
(Film Director, Producer & Screenwater)

David Lean
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Birthdate: March 25, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England
Died: April 16, 1991
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 4 
Martin Kenzie
(Cinematographer)

Martin Kenzie
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Birthdate: April 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cambridge
Died: July 16, 2012

 5 
Gareth Edwards
(Film director)

Gareth Edwards
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Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England

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Lynne Ramsay
(Film director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film producer)

Lynne Ramsay
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Birthdate: December 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow

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Nicolas Roeg
(Film director, Cinematographer)

Nicolas Roeg
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Birthdate: August 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London
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 8 
Peter Greenaway
(Theatre director, Film director, Writer, Experimental artist, Screenwriter, Painter, Film editor, Actor, Cinematographer, Television director)

Peter Greenaway
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Birthdate: April 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport

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Mike Figgis
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film producer, Composer, Writer, Film score composer)

Mike Figgis
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Birthdate: February 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Carlisle

 10 
Rupert Wyatt
(Cinematographer, Screenwriter, Film producer, Film director)

Rupert Wyatt
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Birthdate: October 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Exeter

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Douglas Slocombe
(Cinematographer)

Douglas Slocombe
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Birthdate: February 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
Died: February 22, 2016

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Jack Cardiff
(Cinematographer, Film Director)

Jack Cardiff
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Birthdate: September 18, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK
Died: April 22, 2009

 13 
Freddie Francis
(Cinematographer)

Freddie Francis
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Birthdate: December 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: March 17, 2007

 14 
Ronald Neame
(Filmmaker)

Ronald Neame
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Birthdate: April 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 16, 2010

 15 
William Kennedy Dickson
(Inventor, Film director, Film producer, Cinematographer, Actor, Photographer, Engineer)

William Kennedy Dickson
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Birthdate: August 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: France
Died: September 28, 1935

William Kennedy Dickson was a Scottish inventor best remembered for his association with Thomas Alva Edison. Dickson invented a motion picture camera when he was working under Thomas Edison. William Kennedy Dickson is also credited with directing The Dickson Experimental Sound Film which was the first film to use the Kinetophone.

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Anthony Dod Mantle
(Cinematographer who won the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography for Slumdog Millionaire (2008))

Anthony Dod Mantle
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Birthdate: April 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Witney, Oxfordshire, England

 17 
Freddie Young
(Cinematographer)

Freddie Young
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Birthdate: October 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 1, 1998

 18 
Gilbert Taylor
(Cinematographer)

Gilbert Taylor
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Birthdate: April 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
Died: August 23, 2013

 19 
Oswald Morris
(Cinematographer)

Oswald Morris
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Birthdate: November 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ruislip, England
Died: March 17, 2014

 20 
Wolfgang Suschitzky
(Cinematographer, Photographer)

Wolfgang Suschitzky
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Birthdate: August 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: October 7, 2016

Wolfgang Suschitzky was an Austrian-born British photographer and cinematographer best known for his association with documentary film-maker Paul Rotha. His photographs have been showcased at prestigious institutions like the National Gallery and The Photographer's Gallery. Wolfgang Suschitzky's work has been honored with the creation of the Wolf Suschitzky Photography Prize which is awarded biennially.

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Alex Thomson
(Cinematographer)

Alex Thomson
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Birthdate: January 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 14, 2007

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Stuart Dryburgh
(Cinematographer)

Stuart Dryburgh
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Birthdate: March 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England