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Stephen Daldry
Born Stephen David Daldry
2 May 1961 (1961-05-02) (age 48)
Dorset, England
Spouse(s) Lucy Sexton (2001-present)

Stephen David Daldry, CBE (born 2 May 1961) is an English theatre and film director and producer, as well as a three-time Academy Award nominated and Tony Award winning director.


Early years

Daldry was born in Dorset, England the son of bank manager Patrick Daldry and singer, Cherry Thompson.[1] When Daldry was 14, his father died of cancer.[2] He was educated at the University of Sheffield before taking an apprenticeship at the city's Crucible Theatre from 1985-1988. Whilst at the University of Sheffield, Daldry was Chairman of SuTCo (Sheffield University Theatre Company). He trained at East 15 Acting School, London.


Daldry began his career at the Sheffield Crucible with Artistic Director Clare Venables where he directed many productions. He also headed many productions at the Manchester Library Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Stratford East, Oxford Stage, Brighton and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was also Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1992-8, where he headed the £26 million development scheme. He was also Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, London (1989-92) and the Metro Theatre Company (1984-6). He is currently on the Board of the Young and Old Vic Theatres and remains an Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre. He was the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre for 2002 at St Catherine's College, Oxford. He won awards on Broadway as well as the West End.

Daldry made his feature film directorial debut with Billy Elliot. His next film was The Hours, and it won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for Nicole Kidman. Recently, he directed a stage musical adaptation of Billy Elliot,and in 2009 his work on Billy Elliot the Musical earned him a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical. He has also done a film version of The Reader, based on the book of the same name and starring Kate Winslet, David Kross, and Ralph Fiennes. Again, it won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for Kate Winslet. He has received three Academy Award nominations for directing for all three of his films.

Daldry was planning to direct a film adaptation of Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay in 2005.[3] In the ensuing three years, the project was cancelled and reinitiated several times, and in late 2006 was partially cast with Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire. According to Chabon, production then stalled due to "studio-politics kinds of reasons that I'm not privy to," and as of April 2007 remains inactive.[4]

Personal life

Daldry, who describes himself as a gay man because people prefer it, ("they don't like confusion"[5]), was married in 2001 to performance artist Lucy Sexton with whom he has a daughter, Annabel Clare, born in 2003.[6][7] He was previously in a relationship with set designer Ian MacNeil for 13 years.[8]



West End

Royal Court Theatre
Royal National Theatre
Gate Theatre
  • Damned for Despair
  • The Fleisser Plays
  • Figaro Gets Divorced


  • Billy Elliot: The Musical Oct 16, 2008 - ?
  • Via Dolorosa Mar 18, 1999 - Jun 13, 1999
  • An Inspector Calls Apr 27, 1994 - May 28, 1995


Detailed theatreography (up to 2003)

  • Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool,England, then Theatre Royale, Stratford, England, 1988
  • Judgement Day, Old Red Lion Theatre, London, 1989
  • Figaro Gets Divorced, Gate Theatre, London, 1990
  • Cutting Room, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, 1990
  • Our Man in Marzibah and Rousseau's Tale (double-bill), GateTheatre, 1991
  • Damned for Despair, Gate Theatre, 1991
  • (With Annie Castledine) Pioneers in Ingolstadt, Gate Theatre, 1991
  • (With Castledine) Purgatory in Ingolstadt, Gate Theatre, 1991
  • An Inspector Calls, National Theatre Company, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1992, then Royale Theatre, New York City, 1994-1995, *later Garrick Theatre, London, 1995
  • Search and Destroy, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1993
  • Machinal, National Theatre Company, Lyttelton Theatre, 1993
  • The Europeans, 1993
  • The Kitchen, Royal Court Theatre, 1994
  • The Editing Process, Royal Court Theatre, 1994
  • Rat in the Skull, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1995
  • The Libertine, Royal Court Theatre, 1995
  • The Man of Mode, Royal Court Theatre, 1995
  • Body Talk, 1996
  • "This Is a Chair," in London International Festival of Theatre, London, 1997
  • Via Dolorosa (solo show), Royal Court Theatre, 1998, then Booth Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • Far Away, Royal Court Theatre, 2000, then New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, 2002-2003
  • A Number, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, 2002, then New York Theatre Workshop, 2002-2003
  • Director of The Fleisser Plays, National Theatre Company; also directed productions of Huckleberry Finn, Jerker, Manon Lescaut, and Of Mice and Men.

Awards and nominations



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