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Mike Newell
Biographical information
Birth name

Michael Cormac Newell

Born

28 March, 1942

Nationality

British

Current nation of residence

England

Gender

Male

Hair colour

Red

Height

6'1" (1.85m)

Family

Bernice Stegers (wife)

Alias

Mike Newell

Career
Years active

1964-

In Harry Potter

Director

Notable roles

Directed Mona Lisa Smile

Mike Newell was the director of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Biography

Early life

Michael Cormac Newell was born 28 March, 1942, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. He attended Cambridge University and then spent three years training at Granada Television.

Career

Newell directed various British Television shows from the 1960s onwards (Such as Spindoe (1968), credited as Cormac Newell, and Big Breadwinner Hog). However, he eventually graduated into film direction and then he went on to make the horror film The Awakening (1980) and Bad Blood (1981) about a New Zealand mass murderer.

His first film was The Man in the Iron Mask (1977), made for TV. His first critically acclaimed movie was Dance with a Stranger (1985), a biographical drama starring Miranda Richardson as Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Great Britain. For his directing efforts, Newell won the Award of the Youth at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.

Newell continued his successes in the film industry with Enchanted April (1992), an adaptation of the 1922 novel The Enchanted April; Miranda Richardson received a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical and Joan Plowright won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy/Musical.

Newell

Mike Newell while directing on the set of Harry Potter film.

The comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) was also critically acclaimed – it won numerous awards, including a César Award (Best Foreign Film), a Golden Globe, Best Actor - Hugh Grant, and a few London Critics Circle Film Awards (Best Director, Film, Producer, and Screenwriter).

Since these award-winning productions, Newell has directed a number of films in Hollywood, such as Donnie Brasco (1997) (starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp), Pushing Tin (1999) (starring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, and Angelina Jolie), and Mona Lisa Smile (2003) (starring Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, and Julia Stiles).

When he accepted the director’s position on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, he became the first British director of the Harry Potter films.

Filmography

  • The Awakening (1980)
  • Bad Blood (1981)
  • Dance with a Stranger (1985)
  • The Good Father (1985)
  • Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
  • Enchanted April (1992)
  • Into the West (1992)
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
  • An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)
  • Donnie Brasco (1997)
  • Pushing Tin (1999)
  • Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)
  • The Elfstones of Shannara (2009)
  • Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time (2010)

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