Notting Hill director Roger Michell dies at 65
23rd September 2021

Notting Hill director Roger Michell dies aged 65: Tributes to filmmaker and theatre impresario behind Hollywood blockbusters including My Cousin Rachel and Enduring Love

  • Roger Michell, whose films include Notting Hill, has died at the age of 65
  • Michell was born in South Africa and lived in Beirut, Damascus and Prague 
  • His theatre credits include Nina Raine’s Consent, Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming and Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood
  • His films include Enduring Love, Morning Glory, Persuasion, and Blackbird

Director Roger Michell, whose films include Notting Hill, Venus and My Cousin Rachel, has died at the age of 65. 

The son of a British diplomat, Michell was born in South Africa and lived in Beirut, Damascus and Prague as a child.

His theatre credits include Nina Raine’s Consent, Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming and Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, with many of his productions playing at the National Theatre.

His films include Enduring Love, Morning Glory, Persuasion, Blackbird and the forthcoming The Duke starring Dame Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Matthew Goode.

Michell’s family announced his death on Wednesday in a statement on Thursday. They did not disclose the place or cause of death.

The son of a British diplomat, Michell (pictured in 2017) was born in South Africa and lived in Beirut, Damascus and Prague as a child

‘It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65 on September 22nd,’ said the statement released through Michell’s publicist.

Among his theatre credits are Nina Raine’s Consent, Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming and Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, with many of his productions playing at the National Theatre.

His production of Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall, starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln and Chiwetel Ejiofor, won numerous awards and transferred to the West End.

Michell’s biggest hit on the big screen was Notting Hill, written by Richard Curtis and starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, which was a box office juggernaut and for which he was nominated for a Bafta.

Also among his film credits is Enduring Love, starring Daniel Craig, Morning Glory, with Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, and Changing Lanes, starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L Jackson.

He also directed the big screen version of My Cousin Rachel, as well as Venus, starring Peter O’Toole and Jodie Whittaker.

He won a Bafta for his adaptation of Persuasion, as well as for his two-part TV drama The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies, written by Peter Morgan, telling the true-life story of a retired schoolteacher accused of murder and starring Jason Watkins in the title role.

Mr Jefferies, who was one of Michell’s own teachers in his schooldays, was innocent.

Earlier this month Michell was in the US at the Telluride Film Festival, promoting his upcoming film The Duke starring Dame Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Matthew Goode.

He was also in production on a theatrical documentary about the Queen.

Michell was previously married to actress Kate Buffery, with whom he shared two children.

He was later married to actress Anna Maxwell Martin, with whom he also had two children before their separation.

Later films included ‘Hyde Park on Hudson,’ a historical drama starring Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and ‘The Duke,’ a real-life art heist story starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren that premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

Michell is survived by ex-wives Kate Buffery and Anna Maxwell Martin, both actors, and by his four children.

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