British Women Directors

Throughout history, there have been many British women directors who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female directors such as Karen Gillan, Bonnie Wright, Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, Jordan Scott.

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 1 Bonnie Wright

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Bonnie Wright is an English actress, filmmaker, screenwriter, and activist. She is best known for portraying Ginny Weasley in the popular Harry Potter movie series. Over the years, Wright has been playing a key role in raising awareness about plastic pollution. She also serves as an ambassador for an international non-governmental charity called Lumos.

 2 Sophie Hunter

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Famous As: Theatre Director
Birthdate: March 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London

Sophie Hunter is an English playwright, opera director, and former performer. She is credited with co-founding and popularizing a theatre company called Boileroom, which was honored with the Samuel Theatre Trust Award in 2007 for its play The Terrific Electric, which marked Sophie Hunter's directorial debut.

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 3 Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prestwich, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Died: April 20, 2016

Multi-talented English comedian, Victoria Wood was also an actress, lyricist, singer, composer, pianist, screenwriter, producer, and director. Wood started her career with the TV show That's Life! and established herself as one of Britain's greatest stand-up comedians. She wrote sketches, dramas, and popular sitcoms and her self-deprecating humor got her 14 BAFTA nominations of which she won four. 

 4 Karen Gillan

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland

Karen Gillan is one of the most popular and successful actresses from Scotland. She is best known for playing Nebula and Ruby Roundhouse in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films and Jumanji film series respectively. Also a filmmaker, she wrote and directed The Party's Just Beginning, apart from acting in the film. She is also a philanthropist.

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 5 Sarah Lancashire

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK

 6 Tracey Ullman

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England, UK

British-American actor Tracey Ullman began her career with sketch-comedy shows such as Three of a Kind and later had her own Fox show, The Tracey Ullman Show, which featured 30-second segments of The Simpsons in between, making the latter a hit, too. She rose to become the third-richest comedian from Britain.

 7 Sam Taylor-Johnson

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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: March 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Sam Taylor-Johnson, a British filmmaker and photographer, belongs to the Young British Artists group. Her notable works include Nowhere Boy, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Love You More. Her film Nowhere Boy was screened at 53rd annual London Film Festival as its closing presentation in 2009. She is known for directing the famous film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
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 8 Samantha Womack

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK

 9 Jessica Hynes

Jessica Hynes.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lewisham, London,England, United Kingdom
BAFTA-winning actor Jessica Hynes, also known as Jessica Stevenson, created, wrote, and appeared in the British sitcom Spaced. She began her career with theater and was nominated for a Tony for The Norman Conquests. Fans also loved her in the series Twenty Twelve and the film Tomorrow La Scala!

 10 Emma Walton Hamilton

Emma Walton Hamilton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 11 Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: August 3, 1995

 12 Julia Davis

Julia Davis
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England

 13 Pollyanna McIntosh

Pollyanna McIntosh
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scotland, UK

 14 Susan Tully

Susan Tully.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

 15 Soni Razdan

Soni Razdan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, England, UK

Born to a German mother and an Indian father in Britain, Soni Razdan began her career with English theater. She impressed audiences on Indian TV with her role in the iconic soap Buniyaad and appeared in movies such as Saaransh and Raazi. She is the mother of Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt.

 16 Sheila Hancock

Sheila Hancock
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Blackgang, Isle of Wight, England, UK

 17 Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Westhoughton, Bolton, Lancashire, England, UK

 18 Kathy Burke

Kathy Burke
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Camden, London, England, UK

 19 Lynne Ramsay

Lynne Ramsay
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film producer
Birthdate: December 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow

 20 Barbara Broccoli

Barbara Broccoli
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: June 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 21 Emma Forrest

Emma Forrest
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: December 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 22 Abigail Hopkins

Abigail Hopkins.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Putney, London

 23 Julia McKenzie

Julia McKenzie
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 17, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Enfield, Middlesex, England, UK

 24 Eve Best

Eve Best
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

 25 Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: April 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dartford

 26 Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nairobi, British Kenya Kenya

 27 Mary Nighy

Mary Nighy.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

 28 Sophie Fiennes

Sophie Fiennes
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer
Birthdate: February 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ipswich

 29 Clare Holman

Clare Holman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 30 Suze Randall

Suze Randall
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Famous As: Nurse, Photographer, Model, Director, Glamour model
Birthdate: May 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Worcester
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 31 Viv Albertine

Viv Albertine
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 32 Eva Le Gallienne

Eva Le Gallienne
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 3, 1991

 33 Jordan Scott

Jordan Scott
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Famous As: director, screenwriter, photographer, film director
Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: London

 34 Catherine Shepherd

Catherine Shepherd.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London

 35 Sophie Muller

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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: January 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marylebone

 36 Joan Littlewood

Joan Littlewood
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 6, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
Died: September 20, 2002

 37 Katrine Boorman

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

 38 Julia Smith

Julia Smith
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: May 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 19, 1997

 39 Sukki Singapora

Sukki Singapora
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: October 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Singapore

 40 Jill Craigie

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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: March 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fulham, London, England
Died: December 13, 1999

 41 Alicia Markova

Alicia Markova
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Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: December 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Finsbury Park, Harringay, England
Died: December 2, 2004

 42 Clare Peploe

Clare Peploe
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: 1942 AD
Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 43 Sarah Gavron

Sarah Gavron
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: United Kingdom

 44 Joy Batchelor

Joy Batchelor
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: May 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Watford, England
Died: May 14, 1991

 45 Cosima Spender

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Famous As: Film director, Writer
Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Siena, Italy

 46 Wendy Toye

Wendy Toye
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 1, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 27, 2010

 47 Peggy van Praagh

Peggy van Praagh
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 15, 1990

 48 Ingrid Sinclair

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Rhodesia