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      Oliver Parker

      Oliver Parker

      Highest Rated: 88% Emily (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Payback Season (2012)

      Birthday: Sep 6, 1960

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      Born to English aristocracy (railroad executive Sir Peter Parker and writer Lady Gillian), director-screenwriter Oliver Parker transitioned from minor acting roles in films like "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2" and "Nuns on the Run" to a prolific career as a BAFTA Award-nominated filmmaker, acclaimed for his lush onscreen adaptations of British literary classics. The London theater vet first gained major notice in the U.K. with a recurring role on the long-running BBC medical drama "Casualty," though he achieved breakthrough success in movies with his feature directing debut, "Othello" (1995). The Shakespeare adaptation starred Laurence Fishburne as the Moor of Venice and Kenneth Branagh as the villainous Iago, a role Parker himself performed on stage early in his career. Critics praised Parker's sexually charged vision of the Bard's legendary tragedy, hailing the arrival of a bold new cinematic talent. He further solidified his reputation as a daring interpreter of canonized literature by writing and directing three films based on work by Oscar Wilde: BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated "An Ideal Husband" (1999) and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (2002), both starring Rupert Everett; and "Dorian Gray" (2009), featuring Ben Barnes as Wilde's diabolically vain hero. A producer and director of Ealing Studios' series of "St. Trinian's" girls' school comedies, Parker also took the helm of another U.K.-based film franchise, directing "Johnny English Reborn," the follow-up to comedian Rowan Atkinson's spy-spoof hit "Johnny English."

      Highest rated movies

      An Ideal Husband
      Nightbreed

      Photos

      OTHELLO, director Oliver Parker, Irene Jacob, Nathaniel Parker, on set, 1995. ©Columbia Pictures I REALLY HATE MY JOB, Alexandra Maria Lara (left), Neve Campbell (striped shirt), director Oliver Parker, on set, 2007. ©Barnholtz Entertainment OTHELLO, director Oliver Parker, on set, 1995. ©Columbia Pictures THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Director Oliver Parker, Reese Witherspoon on the set, 2002 (c) Miramax, IDEAL HUSBAND, AN, director Oliver Parker on the set with Cate Blanchett, Rupert Everett, 1999

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      82% 84% The Great Escaper Director - 2023
      88% 84% Emily Executive Producer $1.1M 2022
      54% 57% Swimming With Men Director $19.6K 2018
      31% 36% Dad's Army Director - 2016
      No Score Yet 98% Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II Unknown (Character) - 2015
      56% 95% Common People Film Editing - 2013
      22% 29% Truth or Die Film Editing - 2012
      8% 12% Payback Season Film Editing - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Riot From Wrong Film Editing - 2012
      38% 45% Johnny English Reborn Director $8.3M 2011
      14% 45% St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Director - 2009
      43% 39% Dorian Gray Director - 2009
      32% 55% St. Trinian's Director - 2007
      No Score Yet 23% I Really Hate My Job Director - 2007
      29% 32% Fade to Black Director - 2006
      57% 72% The Importance of Being Earnest Director,
      Writer
      $8.4M 2002
      85% 69% An Ideal Husband Bunbury (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      $18.5M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shepherd on the Rock Simon McIntyre (Character) - 1996
      68% 64% Othello Director $2.2M 1995
      51% 60% Nightbreed Peloquin (Character) $8.9M 1990

      TV

      Credit
      71% 84% Funny Woman Director 2022