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Tom Hooper

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Award-winning director and writer

Multiple awards for directing The Kings Speech (2010), and Les Misérables (2012)

Ranked 19th in The Times' British Film Power 100

Tom Hooper is an award-winning director, producer and writer, best known for directing The King’s Speech (2010), Les Misérables (2012) and The Damned United (2009).

Tom began making short films at the age of 13, and had his first professional short, Painted Faces, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1992. After graduating he worked on projects at the BBC, on children’s drama shows such as Byker Grove. He went on to direct Eastenders and worked on the BAFTA winning hour long episodes in 2000 and 2001.

Tom made his feature film debut with Red Dust (2004), a South African drama starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, before directing Helen Mirren again in the Company Pictures/HBO Films historical drama Elizabeth I (2005). His second feature, The Damned United (2009), was a fact-based film about the English football manager Brian Clough (played by Michael Sheen).

The following year, Tom directed the historical drama, The King’s Speech (2010). The film won five British Independent Film Awards, a Golden Globe for lead actor Colin Firth, and received 14 Oscar nominations – more than any other 2010 film. Tom won the Academy Award for Best Director, while Colin Firth won for Best Actor. The film also received Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay Oscars.

Following the success of The King’s Speech during the awards season, Tom joined the 15-person board of governors at the British Film Institute, was invited to join the directors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was ranked at number 19 in The Times’ British Film Power 100.

In 2012, Tom took on mammoth task of directing the film adaptation of highly popular Broadway musical, Les Misérables. Nominated for eight Oscars and winning three Golden Globes (including Best Picture, Comedy or Musical), Les Mis proved to be an almighty success, again showing Tom’s prowess as a talented film maker, and his ability to direct an all-star cast, including Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

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"Born in Britain with an Australian background, Tom is an intelligent and charming speaker. He has impeccable sense of detail and makes unique directing choices, creating truly unforgettable stories as a result. Although he has not directed the many films, his success is unquestionable, and he is now considered as one of Britain's great film makers. "

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