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Sam Mendes

He was a founding director of Neal Street Productions. His work has been seen at the National Theatre, RSC, Royal Court, Old Vic, Young Vic, BAM, the West End and on Broadway.

Most recently he has directed The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre and in the West End, The Lehman Trilogy and The Ferryman in both London and New York.


American BeautyRoad to PerditionJarheadRevolutionary RoadAway We GoSkyfallSpectre1917 and Empire of Light.


In theatre, he has won five Olivier Awards, the Olivier Special Award, six Tony Awards, four Evening Standard Awards, and the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize.

Film awards include the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture, three other Academy Award nominations, five BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two Directors Guild of America Awards and the PGA award.

He has also won the Directors Guild Award for lifetime achievement. He is an Honorary Fellow of the National Film and Television School, and a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. He was made a CBE in 2000 and knighted in 2020 for services to drama.


(Updated October 2023)