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      Stephen Frears

      Stephen Frears

      Highest Rated: 100% Fail Safe (2000)

      Lowest Rated: 18% Lay the Favorite (2012)

      Birthday: Jun 20, 1941

      Birthplace: Leicester, England, UK

      Armed with a keen visual awareness and compelling ability to tell a story, director Stephen Frears became established in British cinema and television during the 1970s and 1980s before receiving international acclaim for "My Beautiful Laundrette" (1986). From there, Frears balanced careers in both America and his native England, helming the critically acclaimed British biopic "Prick Up Your Ears" (1987), while pushing boundaries with the lavish "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988). He went on to helm one of the best neo-noirs of the postmodern age, "The Grifters" (1990), which earned some of the best praise of his career. Though he no doubt could have further developed his Hollywood credentials, Frears instead returned to England to direct smaller indies like "The Snapper" (1993) and "The Van" (1996). Frears also helmed a sharp adaptation of countryman Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity" (2000) before earning more critical acclaim for his smart thriller "Dirty Pretty Things" (2003). With "The Queen" (2006), arguably one of his finest achievements, particularly in drawing an exemplary performance from star Helen Mirren, Frears cemented his place as one of England's most diverse and celebrated directors.

      Photos

      GUMSHOE, director Stephen Frears, Albert Finney, and his then wife Anouk Aimee on the set, 1971 GUMSHOE, director Stephen Frears on set, 1971 Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, Stephen Frears (L), Shawn Slovo (R), ©HBOMR MUHAMMAD ALI'S GREATEST FIGHT, from left: director Stephen Frears, Benjamin Walker, on set, 2013. ph: Jojo Whilden/©HBO THE HI-LO COUNTRY, Woody Harrelson, Stephen Frears, 1998, (c)Gramercy Pictures THE HI-LO COUNTRY, Woody Harrelson, director Stephen Frears, on set, 1998. ©Gramercy Pictures VICTORIA AND ABDUL, FROM LEFT, JUDI DENCH, DIRECTOR STEPHEN FREARS, ON-SET, 2017. PH: PETER MOUNTAIN. ©FOCUS FEATURES VICTORIA AND ABDUL, FROM LEFT, JUDI DENCH, DIRECTOR STEPHEN FREARS, ALI FAZAL, ON-SET, 2017. PH: PETER MOUNTAIN. ©FOCUS FEATURES FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, l-r: director Stephen Frears, Hugh Grant on set, 2016. ph: Nick Wall/©Paramount Pictures MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS, Director Stephen Frears, (center), on set, 2005, (c) Miramax THE QUEEN, director Stephen Frears, Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, on set, 2006. ©Miramax Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, Stephen Frears (L), Shawn Slovo (R), ©HBOMR Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, Shawn Slovo (L), Stephen Frears (R), ©HBOMR MUHAMMAD ALI'S GREATEST FIGHT, from left: writer Shawn Slovo, director Stephen Frears, on set, 2013. ph: Jojo Whilden/©HBO HERO, director Stephen Frears (foreground), on set, 1992. (c)Columbia Pictures MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS, director Stephen Frears, Kelly Reilly on set, 2005, (c) Miramax THE QUEEN, director Stephen Frears (left), Helen Mirren (right), on set, 2006. ©Miramax THE QUEEN, director Stephen Frears, Helen Mirren, on set, 2006. ©Miramax MARY REILLY, L-R, Dir. Stephen Frears, Prod. Des. Stuart Craig, Dir. of Photo. Philippe Rousselot, 1996. FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, from left: director Stephen Frears, Hugh Grant, on set, 2016. ph: Nick Wall/© Paramount Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      77% 92% The Lost King Director $1.2M 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Tracks of Alexandre Desplat Unknown (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet State of the Union Director - 2018
      66% 68% Victoria & Abdul Director $22.2M 2017
      88% 68% Florence Foster Jenkins Director $27.4M 2016
      62% 44% The Program Director - 2015
      100% 93% Night Will Fall Executive Producer - 2014
      38% 71% Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight Director - 2013
      91% 89% Philomena Director $37.7M 2013
      18% 19% Lay the Favorite Director $21.0K 2012
      64% 42% Tamara Drewe Director $560.1K 2010
      66% 43% Great Directors Self $17.9K 2009
      51% 39% Chéri Narrator,
      Director
      $2.7M 2009
      No Score Yet 39% Jean Charles Executive Producer - 2009
      97% 76% The Queen Director $56.4M 2006
      68% 72% Mrs. Henderson Presents Director $11.0M 2005
      No Score Yet 73% The Deal Director - 2003
      94% 82% Dirty Pretty Things Director $8.1M 2002
      100% 79% Fail Safe Director - 2000
      70% 73% Liam Director $1.0M 2000
      91% 90% High Fidelity Director $27.3M 2000
      54% 48% The Hi-Lo Country Director $163.8K 1998
      38% 71% The Van Director $621.1K 1996
      26% 40% Mary Reilly Director $5.5M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Fear Executive Producer - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Typically British Director - 1995
      97% 86% The Snapper Director $674.8K 1993
      67% 51% Hero Director $18.2M 1992
      91% 70% The Grifters Director $10.1M 1990
      94% 83% Dangerous Liaisons Director $32.7M 1988
      95% 79% Prick Up Your Ears Director $1.6M 1987
      75% 83% Sammy and Rosie Get Laid Director - 1987
      98% 74% My Beautiful Laundrette Director - 1985
      89% 74% The Hit Director - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saigon: Year of the Cat Director - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walter and June Director - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walter Director - 1982
      No Score Yet 70% One Joke Too Many Director - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Old Crowd Producer - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Long Shot Biscuit Man (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Men in a Boat Director - 1975
      88% 53% Gumshoe Director - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Burning Director - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Burning Director,
      Producer
      - 1968

      TV

      Credit
      59% No Score Yet The Regime Executive Producer 2024
      94% 83% State of the Union Executive Producer,
      Director
      2019 2022
      55% 93% The Loudest Voice Director 2019
      97% 81% A Very English Scandal Executive Producer,
      Director
      2018-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comic Strip Presents Director 1984 1988