Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes

Known for: Directing
Birthday: 1965-08-01 (57 years old)

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Sir Samuel Alexander Mendes (born 1 August 1965) is a British film and stage director, producer, and screenwriter. In 2000, Mendes was appointed a CBE for his services to drama, and he was knighted in the 2020 New Years Honours List. That same year, he was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg, Germany. In 2005, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain. In 2008, The Daily Telegraph ranked him number 15 in their list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture".Born in Berkshire to a Trinidadian Catholic father and an English Jewish mother, Mendes grew up in North London. He read English at Peterhouse at Cambridge University, and began directing plays there before joining Donmar Warehouse, which became a centre of 1990s London theatre culture. In theatre, he is known for his dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1993), Oliver! (1994), Company (1995), and Gypsy (2003). He directed an original West End stage musical for the first time with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013). For his work on the London stage, Mendes has received three Laurence Olivier Awards for Company, Twelfth Night and The Ferryman and for his work on Broadway he has earned two Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play for his work on The Ferryman in 2019, and The Lehman Trilogy in 2022. In film, he made his directorial debut with the drama American Beauty (1999), which earned him the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Director. He has since directed the crime film Road to Perdition (2002), Jarhead (2005), the drama Revolutionary Road (2008), and the James Bond films Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). For the war film 1917 (2019), he received the BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Director, as well as his second Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

Personal Life

Mendes and actress Kate Winslet met in 2001, when Mendes approached her about appearing in a play at the Donmar Warehouse, where he was then artistic director. They married in May 2003, on what they characterised as a whim, while on holiday in Anguilla when Winslet was two months pregnant with their child. Their son Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes was born on 22 December 2003 in New York City. Mendes also had a stepdaughter, Mia, from Winslet's first marriage to filmmaker Jim Threapleton.Amid intense media speculation of an affair between Mendes and actress Rebecca Hall, he and Winslet announced their separation in 2010 and divorced in 2011. Mendes and Hall were in a relationship from 2011 to 2013. Mendes married trumpeter Alison Balsom in January 2017. Their daughter Phoebe was born in September 2017.Mendes was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2020 New Years Honours List for services to drama.In 2009, Mendes signed a petition in support of film director Roman Polanski, calling for his release after Polanski was arrested in Switzerland in relation to his 1977 charge for drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl.Mendes is an opponent of Brexit. In 2017, he stated: "I'm afraid that the winds that were blowing before the First World War are blowing again. There was this generation of men fighting then for a free and unified Europe, which we would do well to remember."

Early Life

Mendes was born on 1 August 1965 in Reading, Berkshire. He is the son of Valerie Mendes (born Barnett), a publisher and author, and Jameson Peter Mendes, a university professor. His father is a Roman Catholic of Portuguese descent from Trinidad, and his mother is an English Jew. His grandfather was the Trinidadian writer Alfred Hubert Mendes.Mendes's parents divorced when he was three years old, after which Mendes and his mother settled in Primrose Hill in North London. He attended Primrose Hill Primary School and was in the same class as future Foreign Secretary David Miliband and author Zoë Heller. In 1976, the family relocated to Woodstock near Oxford, where Mendes's mother found work as a senior editor at Oxford University Press. Mendes was educated at Magdalen College School where he met future theatre designer Tom Piper, who would go on to work with Mendes on a National Theatre revival of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party.Mendes had an early interest in cinema and applied to the University of Warwick (then the only university in the UK that offered an undergraduate film course), but was turned down. He was then accepted by Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he graduated with first-class honours in English. Having only developed a passion for theatre in his late teens, Mendes became a member of the Marlowe Society at Cambridge and directed several plays. His first play was David Halliwell's Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs, and one of his later productions was Cyrano de Bergerac with Tom Hollander and Jonathan Cake among the cast members. During his time at Cambridge, Mendes also became enthusiastic about cinema in earnest. He cited Paris, Texas, Repo Man and True Stories as three "seminal film moments" that influenced his stage and film career.Mendes was noted as a "brilliant schoolboy cricketer" by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, scoring 1,153 runs at 46 and taking 83 wickets at under 16 for Magdalen College School in 1983 and 1984. He also played cricket for Cambridge University, and in 1997 played for Shipton-under-Wychwood in the final of the Village Cricket Cup, thus being the only winner of the Academy Award for Best Director to have played at Lord's.

Filmography

All 38

Movies 32

Self 15

Director 13

Producer 9

TV Shows 6

Director
Empire of Light

Empire of Light (2022)

Movie
Self
The Sound of 007

The Sound of 007 (2022)

Movie
Self
Ben Stokes: Phoenix from the Ashes

Ben Stokes: Phoenix from the Ashes (2022)

Movie
Self
Being James Bond

Being James Bond (2021)

Movie
Executive Producer
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (2020)

TV Show
6.05
Self
Allied Forces: Making 1917

Allied Forces: Making 1917 (2020)

Movie
Director
1917

1917 (2019)

Movie
6.08
Director
National Theatre Live: The Lehman Trilogy

National Theatre Live: The Lehman Trilogy (2019)

Movie
Thanks
Baby Driver

Baby Driver (2017)

Movie
6.84
Himself
Jill Bilcock: The Art of Film Editing

Jill Bilcock: The Art of Film Editing (2017)

Movie
Self
Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage

Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage (2016)

Movie
Director
Spectre

Spectre (2015)

Movie
5.62
Himself
NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)

Movie
Executive Producer
Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful (2014)

TV Show
6.56
Director
National Theatre Live: King Lear

National Theatre Live: King Lear (2014)

Movie
Sam Mendes
Toast of London

Toast of London (2013)

TV Show
5.85
Producer
Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical (2013)

Movie
8
Director
Skyfall

Skyfall (2012)

Movie
5.94
Self
Everything or Nothing

Everything or Nothing (2012)

Movie
Executive Producer
The Hollow Crown

The Hollow Crown (2012)

TV Show
7.1
Executive Producer
Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes (2010)

Movie
Self
A Cinematic Life: The Art and Influence of Conrad Hall

A Cinematic Life: The Art and Influence of Conrad Hall (2010)

Movie
Director
Away We Go

Away We Go (2009)

Movie
6
Director
Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Movie
7.29
Executive Producer
The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner (2007)

Movie
Producer
Things We Lost in the Fire

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

Movie
Self
Semper Fi

Semper Fi (2006)

Movie
Director
Jarhead

Jarhead (2005)

Movie
4.9
Himself
Unscripted

Unscripted (2005)

TV Show
Director
Road to Perdition

Road to Perdition (2002)

Movie
6.07
Self
American Beauty: Look Closer...

American Beauty: Look Closer... (2000)

Movie
Self
Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange

Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange (2000)

Movie
Director
American Beauty

American Beauty (1999)

Movie
7.03
Director
Company

Company (1996)

Movie
Director
Cabaret

Cabaret (1993)

Movie
Self
The Oscars

The Oscars (1953)

TV Show
Producer
Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

Movie
Producer
Untitled Enid Blyton Project

Untitled Enid Blyton Project

Movie

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Information

Known for
Directing

Gender
Male

Birthday
1965-08-01 (57 years old)

Birth name
Samuel Alexander Mendes

Place of birth
Reading, United Kingdom

Height

Relationships
Kate Winslet (2003-05-01 - 2010-10-03)

Spouse
Alison Balsom

Children
Joe Mendes

Mother
Valerie Mendes

Citizenships
United Kingdom

Residences
Dorset, United Kingdom

Also known as
سام ميندز, 샘 멘디스, 山姆·曼德斯, Сэм Мендес, サム・メンデス, Σαμ Μέντες, 萨姆·门德斯, Sir Sam Mendes

Awards
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, National Board of Review Award for Best Film, Directors Guild of America Award, Knight Bachelor, Golden Globe Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Director, Laurence Olivier Award


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