Roger Michell, the British stage, tv and movie director whose films embody the indelibly well-liked romcom “Notting Hill,” has died, his household mentioned Thursday. He was 65.
Michell’s household mentioned in a press release that he died on Wednesday. They did not disclose the place or explanation for demise.
“It’s with nice unhappiness that the household of Roger Michell, director, author and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his demise on the age of 65 on September twenty second,” mentioned the assertion launched by Michell’s publicist.
Born in South Africa, the place his father was posted as a British diplomat, Michell started his directing profession with British theaters together with the Royal Courtroom, the Nationwide Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Firm.
He made acclaimed tv collection within the Nineties, together with diversifications of Hanif Kureishi’s novel “The Buddha of Suburbia” and Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.”
On the massive display, his largest business hit was “Notting Hill,” the Richard Curtis-penned comedy about a clumsy romance between a film star performed by Julia Roberts and a London bookshop proprietor, performed by Hugh Grant.
After its launch in 1999 it was for a time the highest-grossing British movie in historical past, and Michell adopted it with Hollywood thriller “Altering Lanes,” starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson.
He was courted to direct a James Bond movie — the one which grew to become “Quantum of Solace” — however turned it down as a result of, he later mentioned, the film “had the whole lot, however no script.”
He largely made movies in Britain, usually drawing excellent performances from actors. They embody 2003 launch “The Mom,” with Anne Reid and Daniel Craig; the following 12 months’s “Enduring Love,” based mostly on an Ian McEwan novel and once more starring Craig; and “Venus,” which gained Peter O’Toole an Academy Award nomination in 2007.
Later movies included “Hyde Park on Hudson,” a 2012 historic drama starring Invoice Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Daphne du Maurier adaptation “My Cousin Rachel,” starring Rachel Weisz, launched in 2017; and “The Duke,” a real-life artwork heist story starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren that premiered on the 2020 Venice Movie Competition.
On the time of his demise he was engaged on a documentary about Queen Elizabeth II.
Michell was married twice: to actor Kate Buffery, and after their divorce to actor Anna Maxwell Martin, from whom he was separated. He’s survived by each ladies and by his 4 youngsters, two from every relationship.