Stephen Frears

Stephen Frears

Gender: Male
Known for: Directing
Birthday: 1941-06-20 (80 years old)

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Stephen Arthur Frears (born 20 June 1941) is an English director and producer of film and television often depicting real life stories as well as projects that explore social class through sharply drawn characters.Born in Leicester and educated at Gresham's School and Trinity College, Cambridge, Frears started his career working as an assistant director in theatre and film while directing numerous television plays. In 1971, he directed his first feature film, Gumshoe. After more television work, he won acclaim for the gay romance film, My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), featuring a breakout performance from a young Daniel Day-Lewis. He continued to garner praise with Prick Up Your Ears (1987), a biographical movie about British playwright Joe Orton. He followed with the American films Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and The Grifters (1990), the latter receiving a nomination for Best Director.In 2000, Frears adaptated Nick Hornby's novel, High Fidelity, into a feature film with John Cusack, whom he had previously directed in The Grifters. In 2002, he directed the drama Dirty Pretty Things with Audrey Tautou and Chiwetel Ejiofor, which addressed the exploitation of illegal immigrant workers in London. In 2006, Frears directed The Queen, that focused on the reaction to the tragic death of Princess Diana in 1997. The film received its debut at the Venice International Film Festival to critical acclaim, with Helen Mirren eventually winning many awards for playing the title role, and Frears himself received his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director. Frears continued to work with exceptional talents such as Judi Dench in the drama Philomena (2013), based on the true story of a woman searching for a child she gave up for adoption in her youth; and Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), as a delusional socialite who embarks upon a career as opera singer despite a manifest lack of vocal talent. He also reunited with Dench in Victoria and Abdul (2017), a film about the unlikely friendship between the aging Queen Victoria and her young Indian servant, Abdul Karim.Frears is also known for his work on various television programs, including the Cold War thriller Fail Safe (2000) starring George Clooney, Richard Dreyfus, and Harvey Keitel. Frears won great acclaim for the television film The Deal (2003), about the pact made by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown revolving around the 1994 Labour Party leadership election. In 2013, Frears directed the HBO film Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013), a drama involving the legal battle over Muhammad Ali's draft-dodging conviction during the Vietnam War starring Frank Langella and Christopher Plummer. He later directed the biographical BBC One/Amazon Prime miniseries A Very English Scandal (2018), in which Hugh Grant played British politician Jeremy Thorpe, and his scandal involving Norman Scott played by Ben Whishaw. His recent work in television includes the comic series State of the Union (2019) starring Rosamund Pike, and Chris O'Dowd, as well as the miniseries Quiz (2020) starring Matthew Macfadyen, Sian Clifford and Michael Sheen, based on a true story about a man who was accused of cheating on the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.He has received two Academy Award nominations and four Primetime Emmy Award nominations, with one win. He has received thirteen British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award nominations, winning three times. In 2003 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival. He has won numerous prizes at the Venice Film Festival including the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award in 2017. In 2008, The Daily Telegraph named Frears among the 100 most influential people in British culture.In 2009 he received the Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Personal Life

Frears lives in London with his wife Anne Rothenstein, a painter, and their two children.In 1968, Frears married Mary-Kay Wilmers, with whom he had two sons, Sam and Will Frears (a stage and film director). Frears left Wilmers while she was pregnant with their second son Will. They lived on Gloucester Crescent in Camden Town. The couple divorced in the early 1970s. The live-in nanny that Wilmers hired in the early 1980s, Nina Stibbe, wrote letters home describing the North London literati life; these were compiled and published, and turned into a 2016 TV series, Love, Nina.Early in his career, Frears made a programme featuring the band the Scaffold and is name-checked ("Mr Frears had sticky-out ears...") in their hit song "Lily the Pink".

Early Life

Frears was born in Leicester, England. His mother, Ruth M. (née Danziger), was a social worker, and his father, Russell E. Frears, was a general practitioner and accountant. Frears was brought up Anglican, and did not find out that his mother was Jewish until he was in his late 20s.

Filmography

All 96

Movies 86

Director 60

Self 18

TV shows 10

Producer 10

Writter 1

Narrator 1

Director
State of the Union: Scott & Ellen (2022)

State of the Union: Scott & Ellen (2022)

Movie
Original Film Writer
Short Cuts: Dangerous Liaisons (2021)

Short Cuts: Dangerous Liaisons (2021)

Movie
Self
In The Tracks Of - Alexandre Desplat (2020)

In The Tracks Of - Alexandre Desplat (2020)

Movie
Executive Producer
Quiz (2020)

Quiz (2020)

TV show
Revisiting The Man in the White Suit (2019)

Revisiting The Man in the White Suit (2019)

Movie
Director
The Loudest Voice (2019)

The Loudest Voice (2019)

TV show
Self - Film Director & Lindsay's Assistant on If....
Memories of Lindsay Anderson (2019)

Memories of Lindsay Anderson (2019)

Movie
Executive Producer / Director
State of the Union (2019)

State of the Union (2019)

TV show
6
Director
State of the Union: Tom & Louise (2019)

State of the Union: Tom & Louise (2019)

Movie
Self
Seduction. Betrayal. Murder: The Making of The Grifters (2018)

Seduction. Betrayal. Murder: The Making of The Grifters (2018)

Movie
Executive Producer / Director
A Very English Scandal (2018)

A Very English Scandal (2018)

TV show
6
Himself
Who Killed British Cinema? (2018)

Who Killed British Cinema? (2018)

Movie
Director
Victoria & Abdul (2017)

Victoria & Abdul (2017)

Movie
5
Self
Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage (2016)

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

Movie
Director
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

Movie
5.58
Self - Director
Rising Damp Forever (2016)

Rising Damp Forever (2016)

TV show
Director
The Program (2015)

The Program (2015)

Movie
Reflecting on My Beautiful Laundrette: A Conversation between Stephen Frears and Colin MacCabe (2015)

Reflecting on My Beautiful Laundrette: A Conversation between Stephen Frears and Colin MacCabe (2015)

Movie
Self
French Cinema Mon Amour (2015)

French Cinema Mon Amour (2015)

Movie
Producer / Executive Producer
Night Will Fall (2014)

Night Will Fall (2014)

Movie
Self / Director
Henri Langlois vu par... (2014)

Henri Langlois vu par... (2014)

Movie
Director
Philomena (2013)

Philomena (2013)

Movie
5.5
Director
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)

Movie
Director
Lay the Favorite (2012)

Lay the Favorite (2012)

Movie
Actor
My Friend Sam: Living for the Moment (2012)

My Friend Sam: Living for the Moment (2012)

Movie
Self
Hans Zimmer - Der Sound für Hollywood (2011)

Hans Zimmer - Der Sound für Hollywood (2011)

Movie
Director
Tamara Drewe (2010)

Tamara Drewe (2010)

Movie
Self
Once Upon a Time...: Notorious (2009)

Once Upon a Time...: Notorious (2009)

Movie
Executive Producer
Jean Charles (2009)

Jean Charles (2009)

Movie
Himself
Great Directors (2009)

Great Directors (2009)

Movie
6
Director
Cheri (2009)

Cheri (2009)

Movie
Himself
Here's Looking at You, Boy (2007)

Here's Looking at You, Boy (2007)

Movie
Director
The Queen (2006)

The Queen (2006)

Movie
7.75
Director
Sarah Brightman: Diva (2006)

Sarah Brightman: Diva (2006)

Movie
Director
Le court des grands (2005)

Le court des grands (2005)

Movie
Director
Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

Movie
5.46
Self
Cast & Crew: If.... (2004)

Cast & Crew: If.... (2004)

Movie
Director
The Route V50 (2004)

The Route V50 (2004)

Movie
Interviewee (archival)
Lindsay Anderson: Lucky Man? (2004)

Lindsay Anderson: Lucky Man? (2004)

Movie
Director
The Deal (2003)

The Deal (2003)

Movie
Director
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Movie
Self
Robert Altman in England (2002)

Robert Altman in England (2002)

Movie
Himself
Alan Clarke: His Own Man (2000)

Alan Clarke: His Own Man (2000)

Movie
Director
Liam (2000)

Liam (2000)

Movie
Director
Fail Safe (2000)

Fail Safe (2000)

Movie
Director
High Fidelity (2000)

High Fidelity (2000)

Movie
9.5
Director
The Hi-Lo Country (1998)

The Hi-Lo Country (1998)

Movie
6
Executive Producer
Beyond Fear (1997)

Beyond Fear (1997)

Movie
Narrator
Howard Hawks: American Artist (1997)

Howard Hawks: American Artist (1997)

Movie
Director
The Van (1996)

The Van (1996)

Movie
6
Director
Mary Reilly (1996)

Mary Reilly (1996)

Movie
6
Self
Typically British: A Personal History of British Cinema (1995)

Typically British: A Personal History of British Cinema (1995)

Movie
Director
The Snapper (1993)

The Snapper (1993)

Movie
6
Director
Hero (1992)

Hero (1992)

Movie
4
Self
Director: Alan Clarke (1991)

Director: Alan Clarke (1991)

Movie
Director
The Grifters (1990)

The Grifters (1990)

Movie
6
Director
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Movie
Director
Mr Jolly Lives Next Door (1988)

Mr Jolly Lives Next Door (1988)

Movie
Director
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)

Movie
Director
Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Movie
6
Himself
Hooray For Holyrood (1986)

Hooray For Holyrood (1986)

Movie
Director
Walter (1986)

Walter (1986)

Movie
Director
Song of Experience (1986)

Song of Experience (1986)

Movie
Shooting from the Heart: Chris Menges, Cameraman (1985)

Shooting from the Heart: Chris Menges, Cameraman (1985)

Movie
Director
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Movie
6
Director
December Flower (1984)

December Flower (1984)

Movie
Director
The Hit (1984)

The Hit (1984)

Movie
4
Director
Saigon: Year Of The Cat (1983)

Saigon: Year Of The Cat (1983)

Movie
Director
Walter and June (1983)

Walter and June (1983)

Movie
Director
The Comic Strip Presents (1982)

The Comic Strip Presents (1982)

TV show
Director
Going Gently (1981)

Going Gently (1981)

Movie
Director
Bloody Kids (1980)

Bloody Kids (1980)

Movie
Director
Long Distance Information (1979)

Long Distance Information (1979)

Movie
Producer
All Day on the Sands (1979)

All Day on the Sands (1979)

Movie
Director
One Fine Day (1979)

One Fine Day (1979)

Movie
Director / Producer
Afternoon Off (1979)

Afternoon Off (1979)

Movie
Producer
The Old Crowd (1979)

The Old Crowd (1979)

Movie
Director
Doris and Doreen (1978)

Doris and Doreen (1978)

Movie
Director
Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1978)

Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1978)

Movie
Biscuit Man
Long Shot (1978)

Long Shot (1978)

Movie
Director
A Visit from Miss Prothero (1978)

A Visit from Miss Prothero (1978)

Movie
Director
Black Christmas (1977)

Black Christmas (1977)

Movie
Director / Producer
Last Summer (1977)

Last Summer (1977)

Movie
Director
Early Struggles (1976)

Early Struggles (1976)

Movie
Director
Three Men in a Boat (1975)

Three Men in a Boat (1975)

Movie
Director
Sunset Across the Bay (1975)

Sunset Across the Bay (1975)

Movie
Director
Match of the Day (1974)

Match of the Day (1974)

Movie
Director
Playhouse (1974)

Playhouse (1974)

TV show
Director
A Day Out (1972)

A Day Out (1972)

Movie
Director
Gumshoe (1971)

Gumshoe (1971)

Movie
6
Director
Follyfoot (1971)

Follyfoot (1971)

TV show
Director
Play for Today (1970)

Play for Today (1970)

TV show
Director
The Burning (1968)

The Burning (1968)

Movie
Assistant Director
Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)

Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)

Movie
Director
The Lost King

The Lost King

Movie
Director
Saigon—Year of the Cat

Saigon—Year of the Cat

TV show
Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears

Information

Known for
Directing

Gender
Male

Birthday
1941-06-20 (80 years old)

Place of birth
Leicester, United Kingdom

Spouse
Mary-Kay Wilmers

Citizenships
United Kingdom

Also known as
스티븐 프리어즈

Awards
Silver Bear for Best Director, European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, Goya Awards, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, Berlinale Camera

George Fenton
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George Fenton worked together with Stephen Frears in:
20 Movies
1 TV shows
Mick Audsley
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Mick Audsley worked together with Stephen Frears in:
15 Movies
Alan Bennett
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Alan Bennett worked together with Stephen Frears in:
12 Movies
1 TV shows
Oliver Stapleton
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Oliver Stapleton worked together with Stephen Frears in:
10 Movies
1 TV shows
Consolata Boyle
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Consolata Boyle worked together with Stephen Frears in:
7 Movies
1 TV shows
Leo Davis
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Leo Davis worked together with Stephen Frears in:
8 Movies
Tracey Seaward
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Tracey Seaward worked together with Stephen Frears in:
8 Movies
Neville Smith
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Neville Smith worked together with Stephen Frears in:
7 Movies
1 TV shows
Judi Dench
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Judi Dench worked together with Stephen Frears in:
6 Movies
2 TV shows
Penny Eyles
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Penny Eyles worked together with Stephen Frears in:
7 Movies
Alan MacDonald
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Alan MacDonald worked together with Stephen Frears in:
7 Movies
Chris Menges
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Chris Menges worked together with Stephen Frears in:
7 Movies
Ken Pearce
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Ken Pearce worked together with Stephen Frears in:
6 Movies
Innes Lloyd
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Innes Lloyd worked together with Stephen Frears in:
5 Movies
1 TV shows
Tim Bevan
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Tim Bevan worked together with Stephen Frears in:
6 Movies
Alexandre Desplat
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Alexandre Desplat worked together with Stephen Frears in:
6 Movies
Jim Broadbent
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Jim Broadbent worked together with Stephen Frears in:
4 Movies
2 TV shows
Karen Elliott
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Karen Elliott worked together with Stephen Frears in:
5 Movies
Elliot Levey
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Elliot Levey worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
2 TV shows
Helen Mirren
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Helen Mirren worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
2 TV shows
David Hare
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David Hare worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
2 TV shows
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
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Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski worked together with Stephen Frears in:
4 Movies
Stanley Myers
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Stanley Myers worked together with Stephen Frears in:
4 Movies
Adrian Rhodes
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Adrian Rhodes worked together with Stephen Frears in:
4 Movies
Danny Cohen
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Danny Cohen worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Christine Langan
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Christine Langan worked together with Stephen Frears in:
4 Movies
Bernard Wrigley
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Bernard Wrigley worked together with Stephen Frears in:
4 Movies
Fulton Mackay
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Fulton Mackay worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
2 TV shows
Lindsay Anderson
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Lindsay Anderson worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Ken Loach
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Ken Loach worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Philip Locke
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Philip Locke worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
2 TV shows
Victoria Thomas
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Victoria Thomas worked together with Stephen Frears in:
4 Movies
Michael Sheen
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Michael Sheen worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Martin Scorsese
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Martin Scorsese worked together with Stephen Frears in:
4 Movies
Michael Gambon
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Michael Gambon worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Julie Walters
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Julie Walters worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
2 TV shows
Ian McKellen
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Ian McKellen worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Pani Scott
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Pani Scott worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Peter Joly
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Peter Joly worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Becki Ponting
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Becki Ponting worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Daniel Phillips
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Daniel Phillips worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Marion Weise
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Marion Weise worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Lissy Holm
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Lissy Holm worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Tony Lewis
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Tony Lewis worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Juliet Taylor
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Juliet Taylor worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Nathan Larson
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Nathan Larson worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Ian Wilson
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Ian Wilson worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Andrew Dunn
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Andrew Dunn worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Andrew Page
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Andrew Page worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Anne Zelda
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Anne Zelda worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Peter Maxwell
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Peter Maxwell worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Tania Blunden
Stephen Frears
Tania Blunden worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Lynda Myles
Stephen Frears
Lynda Myles worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Peter Prince
Stephen Frears
Peter Prince worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Harry Markham
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Harry Markham worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Brian Tufano
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Brian Tufano worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Norma Heyman
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Norma Heyman worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Mark Shivas
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Mark Shivas worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Valerio Bonelli
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Valerio Bonelli worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Lucia Zucchetti
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Lucia Zucchetti worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Elizabeth Dawn
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Elizabeth Dawn worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Liz Crowther
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Liz Crowther worked together with Stephen Frears in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Eric Fellner
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Eric Fellner worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Barbara De Fina
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Barbara De Fina worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Gwyneth Strong
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Gwyneth Strong worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Paul Shane
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Paul Shane worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Clifford Kershaw
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Clifford Kershaw worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Patricia Routledge
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Patricia Routledge worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Stephanie Cole
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Stephanie Cole worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Christopher Hampton
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Christopher Hampton worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Malcolm Terris
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Malcolm Terris worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Bill Dean
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Bill Dean worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Janine Duvitski
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Janine Duvitski worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Wim Wenders
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Wim Wenders worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Benjamin Whitrow
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Benjamin Whitrow worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
John Normington
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John Normington worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
John Bett
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John Bett worked together with Stephen Frears in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Barbara Jefford
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Barbara Jefford worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Thora Hird
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Thora Hird worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Garry Cooper
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Garry Cooper worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Frances Barber
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Frances Barber worked together with Stephen Frears in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Roman Polanski
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Roman Polanski worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Graham Crowden
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Graham Crowden worked together with Stephen Frears in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Michael Apted
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Michael Apted worked together with Stephen Frears in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Stanley Townsend
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Stanley Townsend worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Ruth McCabe
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Ruth McCabe worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
Gary Oldman
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Gary Oldman worked together with Stephen Frears in:
3 Movies
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