Famous British TV & Movie Producers

The quality of television shows and movies has increased by leaps and bounds over the past two decades. One of the reasons behind this drastic change is the mindset of the average producer. Producers these days are willing to spend a huge chunk of money on funding promising scripts, as the rewards commensurate. Amongst the famous producers of the world today, many hail from Great Britain. One such producer of English origin is David Barron, who is known for funding two movies of the popular ‘Harry Potter’ franchise. Barron has also produced dozens of movies belonging to the ‘fantasy’ and ‘drama’ genres. John Forrest is a man who has produced many television shows, and has been known for being associated with the channel ‘BBC’ for a really long time. Other producers from Britain who have revolutionized cinema and television over the years are Charles Denton, Robert Baker, Johnny Goodman and David Bell. These people were responsible for the creation of shows such as ‘Copy Cats’, ‘The Stanley Baxter Show’, ‘The Saint’ and ‘The Persuaders’. Here is an interesting collection of biographies based on the lives of famous Briton TV and movie producers. Find out more details about their timelines, life stories, and interesting trivia & facts related to them.

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 1 John Cleese

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Famous As: Actor & Comedian
Birthdate: October 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Before stepping into sketch comedy with Monty Python's Flying Circus, John Cleese wrote scripts for Broadway and West End shows. A Cambridge law graduate, John has had a species of lemurs named after him, owing to his love for the animal. His dark humor is part of his signature style.

 2 Richard Attenborough

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Famous As: British Politician
Birthdate: August 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: August 24, 2014

Richard Attenborough is credited with making one of the greatest films of all time - Gandhi. Also an actor, Richard served as the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Apart from being honored by the British royalty, he was also honored with India's third-highest civilian award, The Padma Bhushan.

 3 Catherine Bell

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 4 Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 5 Sally Hawkins

Sally Hawkins
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 6 Tom Hollander

Tom Hollander
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 7 Jason Statham

Jason Statham
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Famous As: Actor, Producer, Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

One of Hollywood's most important action heroes, Jason Statham debuted with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and later starred in more action film series like The Transporter, The Expendables and The Fast and the Furious. The martial artist, known for performing most of his own stunts himself, was once a world class diver, fashion model and black-market salesman.

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 8 David Jason

David Jason
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 9 Emily Mortimer

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

Emily Mortimer is an English-American screenwriter and actress. Mortimer, who started her acting career in stage productions, went on to establish herself as a bankable actress in the British film and TV industry. In 2010, she became an American citizen and has since been playing important roles in American films.

 10 John Mahoney

John Mahoney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British, American
Died: February 4, 2018

 11 Iain Glen

Iain Glen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
One of the British theatre's preeminent men, Iain Glen is best-known for featuring in Resident Evil film series and Game of Thrones. Though he has a catalogue of splendid work but his works flew under the radar. He bagged in a Silver Bear for Best Actor for his phenomenal performance in Silent Screen at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.

 12 Sam Taylor-Johnson

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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: March 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 13 Nicollette Sheridan

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Model/actor Nicollette Sheridan is best known for her Golden Globe-nominated performance as Edie Britt in Desperate Housewives. Fans also loved her as Paige Matheson in Knots Landing and as Alexis Carrington in Dynasty. She has also appeared in films such as Beverly Hills Ninja. She owns a cruelty-free moisturizer brand.

 14 Ralph Fiennes

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

A Tony Award recipient, Ralph Fiennes is one of the most respected English actors of the current generation. He is known for playing important roles in notable films, such as the Harry Potter and James Bond film series. A Stanislavsky Award recipient, he is also known for his work behind the camera.

 15 Danny Boyle

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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter, Film Producer
Birthdate: October 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Danny Boyle is best known for his Academy Award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. He also amazed audiences with his deft direction in Trainspotting, 127 Hours, and 28 Days Later. He won a BAFTA with his debut film, Shallow Grave. He was the artistic director of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

 16 Hugh Grant

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Birthdate: September 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

The quintessential lover boy of British and American cinema, Hugh Grant is widely regarded as a meticulous performer who works hard on his acting and comic skills. One of the few celebrities to express disdain for celebrity culture, Grant's personal life has overshadowed his on-screen achievements. Also known for his charity work, Grant is a patron of Pancreatic Cancer Action.

 17 Milind Soman

Milind Soman
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian, British

 18 Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: December 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

Northern Irish actor, director, and producer, Kenneth Branagh, is a respected figure in Hollywood. Beginning his career as a theater artist in Northern Ireland, he eventually moved to films. He is famous for starring in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays. He has been nominated for the Academy Awards five times.

 19 Tony Scott

Tony Scott
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: June 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British, American
Died: August 19, 2012

 20 Simon Monjack

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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Birthdate: March 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: May 23, 2010

Simon Monjack was an English filmmaker, screenwriter, and make-up artist. Much of his professional life was overshadowed by his personal life, which included his marriage to American actress Brittany Murphy. Monjack's death attracted the attention of media as he died five months after Murphy's death due to complications similar to Murphy's undoing. 

 21 Max Minghella

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 22 Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is credited with creating and writing one of the greatest TV series of the 21st century, Fleabag. She is also famous for contributing as the executive producer and head writer of another highly-acclaimed TV series, Killing Eve. In 2020, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

 23 Andrea Riseborough

Andrea Riseborough
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 24 Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie
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Famous As: Filmmaker & Businessman
Birthdate: September 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

As a 15-year-old who left school to take up entry-level jobs in the entertainment industry, Guy Ritchie has turned out pretty well. As a filmmaker, he has made some high-grossing films, such as Aladdin and The Gentlemen. Apart from being a filmmaker and writer, Guy Ritchie also practices Shotokan karate, Judo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

 25 Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: April 20, 2016

 26 Nick Frost

Nick Frost
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 27 Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

Roger Daltrey is an English actor, film producer, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band The Who. Renowned for his soulful voice, Daltrey was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest singers of all-time list in 2010. Also known for his charity work, Daltrey has been a patron of the Children's Respite Trust since 2011.

 28 Jill Ireland

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British, American
Died: May 18, 1990

Jill Ireland was an English singer and actress. She is best known for working with her husband Charles Bronson in 15 films. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Ireland started writing books chronicling her fight with cancer. She also started working with the American Cancer Society. Her fight with cancer inspired the movie Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story.

 29 Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British, American

 30 Jonathan Nolan

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Famous As: Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Birthdate: June 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British, American

Jonathan Nolan is a British-American television producer, director, screenwriter, and author. He is credited with creating the CBS science fiction crime drama Person of Interest. He is also credited with co-creating HBO's popular science fiction Western television series Westworld. Along with his brother Christopher Nolan, Jonathan has co-written popular films, such as The Dark Knight and Interstellar.

 31 Paul W. S. Anderson

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Famous As: Director, Producer
Birthdate: March 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Paul W. S. Anderson is best known for directing sci-fi movies based on video games, such as the Resident Evil franchise and Mortal Kombat. His Event Horizon was panned by critics initially but went on to achieve a cult following later. He also created the Death Race series of films.

 32 Richard Osman

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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

Richard Osman is an English writer, television presenter, comedian, and producer. He is credited with creating the popular British TV quiz show Pointless. He is also renowned for his work as creative director of the famous TV production company Endemol UK. Also an influential writer, Richard Osman's novel The Thursday Murder Club is expected to be adapted into a film.

 33 Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: December 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 34 Sadie Frost

Sadie Frost
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 35 Keiran Lee

Keiran Lee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 36 Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Janet McTeer soared to fame with her Tony-, Drama Desk-, and Olivier Award-winning performance as Nora in the play A Doll's House. Fans also loved her Academy Award-nominated performances as Mary Jo Walker in Tumbleweeds and Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs, and her Emmy-nominated role in Into the Storm.

 37 Jane Fallon

Jane Fallon
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 38 Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 39 Shaun Evans

Shaun Evans
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

Shaun Evans is an English actor best known for playing Endeavour Morse in the popular detective drama TV series, Endeavour. Also known for his skills as a director, Shaun Evans has helmed a couple of episodes of TV series Casualty and Endeavour.

 40 Jack Lowden

Jack Lowden
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British, American, Scottish

 41 Dexter Fletcher

Dexter Fletcher
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 31, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 42 Sean Pertwee

Sean Pertwee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Sean Pertwee is an English actor and narrator. The son of actor, Jon Pertwee, Sean followed in the footsteps of his father to establish himself in the entertainment industry. Apart from playing important roles in films like Dog Soldiers, he is also known for his work as a narrator in TV shows, such as Zero Hour and MasterChef: The Professionals.

 43 Antonia Thomas

Antonia Thomas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Antonia Thomas is best known as Alisha Daniels from the series Misfits, Claire Brown from The Good Doctor, and Evie from Lovesick. She lent her voice to the opening and closing lines of the Teletubbies reboot. She was also featured on the Coldplay music video Charlie Brown.

 44 Clive Barker

Clive Barker
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 45 Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British, American
Died: September 19, 2015

 46 Rachel Khoo

Rachel Khoo
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Famous As: Cook
Birthdate: August 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 47 Luke Goss

Luke Goss
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 48 Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, Welsh

 49 Emma Walton Hamilton

Emma Walton Hamilton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 50 Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British