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Birth Place: Cheshire, England, GB Profession: director of photography, camera operator

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This cinematographer excels in richness: the lush gauzy effects of Merchant-Ivory, the sleek look of corporate New York. Pierce-Roberts was born in England but largely raised in Central Africa. He began his career with the Central African Film Unit and graduated to doing TV work for the BBC, photographing the popular "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1980), "Voyage Round My Father" (1982) and "The Good Soldier" (1983), among many others, before graduating to feature work. For American TV, he was director of photography on the telefilms "The Cold Room" (HBO, 1984), "The Bourne Identity" (ABC, 1988) and "No Place Like Home" (CBS, 1989).

This cinematographer excels in richness: the lush gauzy effects of Merchant-Ivory, the sleek look of corporate New York. Pierce-Roberts was born in England but largely raised in Central Africa. He began his career with the Central African Film Unit and graduated to doing TV work for the BBC, photographing the popular "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1980), "Voyage Round My Father" (1982) and "The Good Soldier" (1983), among many others, before graduating to feature work. For American TV, he was director of photography on the telefilms "The Cold Room" (HBO, 1984), "The Bourne Identity" (ABC, 1988) and "No Place Like Home" (CBS, 1989).

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Emigrated with his parents from England to central Africa at age 11
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Left school to join the Central African Film Unit
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Moved to London about five years later; began at the BBC as an assistant cameraman
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Worked on TV projects including "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1980) and "The Good Soldier" (1983)
1980:
First feature film as camera operator, "Caught on a Train"
1982:
First feature as director of photography, "Moonlighting"
1986:
First Merchant-Ivory film, "A Room with a View"; earned first Oscar nomination
1992:
Won acclaim for Howards End", directed by Ivory; earned second Oscar nomination
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