(born 5 June 1956) is an English
theatre, television and film director
He was born in Pretoria, South Africa
but spent significant parts of his childhood in Beirut
as his father was a diplomat. He was educated at Clifton College
where he became a member of Brown's house in 1968. He studied at Cambridge University
and in 1977, he won the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company
Buzz Goodbody Award, named after the acclaimed British female director Buzz Goodbody
, who committed suicide at the age of 29. Michell graduated from Cambridge in 1977.
He was married to the actress Kate Buffery
, but they are now divorced. He has two children, daughter, actress Rosie and son Harry. His partner is Anna Maxwell Martin
, with whom he has a daughter.
After graduating from Cambridge in 1977, he moved to London and began an apprenticeship at the Royal Court Theatre
and worked as assistant director to noted British playwright John Osborne
and Irish playwright Samuel Beckett
. During this period, he also worked with stage manager Danny Boyle
, who would also go on to a successful directing career with his international hit, Trainspotting
In 1979 he left the Royal Court Theatre
and began writing and directing projects on his own. The most successful of these ventures was 1982's Private Dick
a comedy which won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival
. The play later debuted in in London's West End and featured......