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Sam Taylor-Wood (born 4 March 1967 in London) is an English filmmaker, photographer and conceptual artist. Her directorial début was 2009's Nowhere Boy, a biopic about Beatles singer John Lennon, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA.

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Career

Taylor-Wood began exhibiting fine art photography in the early-1990s, including her collaboration with artist Henry Bond, "26 October 1993", which features Taylor-Wood playing the role of Yoko Ono. Her breakthrough came in 1994 with the work Killing Time in which four people mimed an opera score. From that point multi-screen video works became the main focus of Taylor-Wood's work. Beginning with the video works Travesty of a Mockery and Pent-Up in 1996. In 2002, Taylor-Wood was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to make a video portrait of David Beckham sleeping.[1]

Taylor-Wood was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997 and won the Illy Café Prize for Most Promising Young Artist at the 47th Venice Biennale.[2]

In 2008, Taylor-Wood directed a short film Love You More, written by Patrick Marber and produced by Anthony Minghella. The film includes two songs by Buzzcocks and features a cameo appearance by the band's lead singer Pete Shelley.

In August 2008 Taylor-Wood was chosen to direct Nowhere Boy, a biopic about legendary Beatles singer, John Lennon. The 53rd annual London Film Festival has selected Nowhere Boy to be its closing presentation on 29 October 2009.

In February 2009, Sam Taylor-Wood, collaborating with Sky Arts chose to interpret Vesti la Giubba from Pagliacci. She commented: "I’m really happy to be involved in such a great project. I think by capturing one of opera's most moving moments in a film short, we have put a modern spin on the aria."[3]

Personal Life

On 19 September 2008, Taylor-Wood and her art dealer husband, Jay Jopling, with whom she has two daughters, announced that they would be divorcing amicably for personal reasons after 11 years of marriage.[4][5]

Taylor-Wood overcame two spells of cancer. When she was 30 she suffered from late diagnosed colon cancer. Three years later she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She claims that chemotherapy saved her life together with her own will to live.[citation needed]

She is currently in a relationship with her Nowhere Boy star, Aaron Johnson, 23 years her junior. As of 31 October 2009, the couple are engaged to be married. As of January 2010, Taylor-Wood is currently pregnant with the couple's first child.[6]

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