Famous British Cinematographers

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Find out more about the greatest British Cinematographers, including Roger Deakins, David Lean, Nicolas Roeg, Peter Greenaway and Douglas Slocombe.
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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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David Lean
(English Film Director and Producer Who is Considered One of the Most Important Figures in British Cinema)
David Lean
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Birthdate: March 25, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England
Died: April 16, 1991

David Lean was an English film producer, director, editor, and screenwriter. He is best remembered for directing large-scale epics like The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Passage to India, and Lawrence of Arabia. David Lean is widely regarded as one of the most prominent figures in British cinema. He won many prestigious awards, including two Academy Awards.

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Martin Kenzie
(British Cinematographer and Second Unit Director)
Martin Kenzie
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Birthdate: April 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cambridge
Died: July 16, 2012

Martin Kenzie was a British cinematographer and second unit director. One of the most important members of the British Society of Cinematographers, Kenzie worked in popular and critically acclaimed films like The Shining, Aliens, Return of the Jedi, and The King's Speech. Martin Kenzie died at the age of 56 due to cancer.

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Gareth Edwards
(British Filmmaker Best Known for His Independent Science-Fiction Horror Film 'Monsters')
Gareth Edwards
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Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England

Gareth Edwards is a British filmmaker best known for his 2010 independent science-fiction horror film Monsters, for which he worked as the writer, cinematographer, director, and visual effects artist. He then went on to direct films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Godzilla.

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Nicolas Roeg
(English Film Director and Cinematographer)
Nicolas Roeg
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Birthdate: August 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London

Nicolas Roeg was an English cinematographer and film director. He is best remembered for directing films like Performance, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Don't Look Now, and The Witches. A highly influential filmmaker, Nicolas Roeg is credited with inspiring other prominent directors like Christopher Nolan, Steven Soderbergh, and Danny Boyle.

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Lynne Ramsay
(Scottish Film Director, Producer, Writer, and Cinematographer)
Lynne Ramsay
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Birthdate: December 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow

Lynne Ramsay is a Scottish film director, producer, writer, and cinematographer. She is best known for directing films like Ratcatcher, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and You Were Never Really Here. A critically-acclaimed filmmaker, Lynne Ramsay has won several important awards, including British Academy Film Awards and Critics Awards.

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Peter Greenaway
(Welsh Artist, Film Director, and Screenwriter)
Peter Greenaway
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Birthdate: April 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport

Peter Greenaway is a Welsh artist, film director, and screenwriter. He is best known for making films with common traits, such as the contrasts of nature and architecture, costume and nudity, sexual pleasure and painful death, and furniture and people. Some of his best-known films include The Pillow Book and Goltzius and the Pelican Company.

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Mike Figgis
(English Film Director, Composer, and Screenwriter)
Mike Figgis
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Birthdate: February 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Carlisle

Mike Figgis is an English film director, composer, and screenwriter. He achieved popularity after the release of the 1995 American drama film Leaving Las Vegas, for which he received two nominations at the Academy Awards. Mike Figgis is credited with founding an independent filmmakers’ online community called Shooting People.

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Rupert Wyatt
(English Screenwriter, Producer, and Director)
Rupert Wyatt
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Birthdate: October 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Exeter

Rupert Wyatt is an English screenwriter, producer, and director. He is best known for directing popular films like The Escapist and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Rupert Wyatt's work has received nominations at the Saturn Awards, Empire Awards, London Film Critics' Circle, and British Independent Film Awards.

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

Douglas Slocombe was a British cinematographer best remembered for his association with Ealing Studios during the 1940s and 1950s. He is also remembered for his work in the first three Indiana Jones movies. A critically acclaimed cinematographer, Douglas Slocombe was honored with three Academy Award nominations and three BAFTA Awards during his career.

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Jack Cardiff
(British Cinematographer, Photographer, and Film Director)
Jack Cardiff
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Birthdate: September 18, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK
Died: April 22, 2009

Jack Cardiff was a British cinematographer, photographer, and TV and film director. He is best remembered for his color cinematography for directors like John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, and Powell and Pressburger. Jack Cardiff is also credited with directing critically acclaimed films like Sons and Lovers, which received Best Director nomination at the Academy Awards.

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Freddie Francis
(English Cinematographer and Film Director)
Freddie Francis
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Birthdate: December 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Islington, Middlesex, England
Died: March 17, 2007

Freddie Francis was an English cinematographer and film director He is best remembered for his contribution as a cinematographer in popular films like Sons and Lovers, Room at the Top, and The Innocents. Over the course of his illustrious career Freddie Francis received several prestigious awards, including two Academy Awards for Best Cinematography.

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Ronald Neame
(English Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter, and Cinematographer)
Ronald Neame
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Birthdate: April 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 16, 2010

Ronald Neame was an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer. Over the course of his career, Neame received several Academy Award nominations under various categories. Ronald Neame's contributions to the film industry earned him the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 1996.

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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
(British Still Photographer and Cinematographer Who is Regarded as a Pioneer of Digital Filmmaking)
Anthony Dod Mantle
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Birthdate: April 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Witney, Oxfordshire, England

Anthony Dod Mantle is a British still photographer and cinematographer. He is best known for his work in the 2008 drama film Slumdog Millionaire, which earned him the BAFTA Award and Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Regarded as a pioneer of digital filmmaking, Anthony Dod Mantle is also the recipient of European Film Awards, Bodil Awards, and Robert Awards.

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Freddie Young
(British Cinematographer Best Known for His Work on David Lean's Movies)
Freddie Young
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Birthdate: October 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 1, 1998

Freddie Young was a British cinematographer best remembered for his work on David Lean's movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Ryan's Daughter, and Doctor Zhivago, winning Academy Awards for Best Cinematography for all three films. Freddie Young also served during World War II as a captain of the British Army's Kinematograph Unit.

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

Gilbert Taylor was a British cinematographer best remembered for his work on popular and critically acclaimed films like Dr. Strangelove, The Omen, and Star Wars. Over the course of his illustrious career, Gilbert Taylor worked with celebrated directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Roman Polanski. He was honored by the British Society of Cinematographers with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Oswald Morris
(One of the Most Acclaimed and Celebrated Cinematographers of His Generation)
Oswald Morris
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Birthdate: November 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ruislip, England
Died: March 17, 2014

Oswald Morris was a British cinematographer whose career spanned six decades. One of the most acclaimed and celebrated cinematographers of his generation, Oswald Morris received three Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography; he won an Oscar in 1972 for the film Fiddler on the Roof. He also won other prestigious awards including the BAFTA Award. 

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

Stuart Dryburgh is a cinematographer best known for his work in the 1993 film, The Piano, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography. The film also earned him nominations for the BAFTA Award, New York Film Critics Circle Award, and National Society of Film Critics Award. 

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Alex Thomson
(British Cinematographer Best Remembered for his Work in the American Epic Medieval Fantasy Movie 'Excalibur')
Alex Thomson
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Birthdate: January 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 14, 2007

Alex Thomson was a British cinematographer best remembered for his work in the 1981 American epic medieval fantasy movie Excalibur, which earned him nominations at the Academy Awards and British Society of Cinematographers Awards. Alex Thomson is also remembered for his work in films like Legend, Labyrinth, and Alien 3.