Norrington was born in 1964 in London, England, where he studied art and engineering in college. He first worked in film as a special effects man in films like Aliens and Split Second. His first debut as a director was in the 1994 movie Death Machine. But it was directing in Blade in 1998 that gained him international status as the film became a box office hit. But despite the film's success, Norrington turned down directing the sequel. However, his last film which he directed was League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for which he had such a hard time with the film's star that he announced he would never direct another film again. Although he would later change his mind.