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Also Known As: Daniel Boyle Died:
Born: October 20, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Radcliffe, England, GB Profession: director, producer

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With an eclectic array of films to his credit, director Danny Boyle emerged from his native England to become one of the most celebrated and revered filmmakers of independently-minded cinema. Ever since his emergence onto the world stage with "Trainspotting" (1996), his stark, but viciously funny look at a group of heroin-addicted friends living in Edinburgh, Boyle managed to chart his own unique path without having to bow to studio pressures. Though he dipped his toe into Hollywood waters with his underwhelming adaptation of "The Beach" (2000), Boyle nonetheless created frenzied and highly-stylized films that also depicted three-dimensional characters often struggling with human vices and weakness. With his luminously praised horror film, "28 Days Later" (2003), his surprisingly soft-hearted children's fantasy, "Millions" (2005), and the rags-to-riches hit, "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), Boyle proved adept at shifting genres without losing the voice he had established in his previous efforts, making him one of the most talented and eagerly watched filmmakers to succeed on both sides of the pond.

With an eclectic array of films to his credit, director Danny Boyle emerged from his native England to become one of the most celebrated and revered filmmakers of independently-minded cinema. Ever since his emergence onto the world stage with "Trainspotting" (1996), his stark, but viciously funny look at a group of heroin-addicted friends living in Edinburgh, Boyle managed to chart his own unique path without having to bow to studio pressures. Though he dipped his toe into Hollywood waters with his underwhelming adaptation of "The Beach" (2000), Boyle nonetheless created frenzied and highly-stylized films that also depicted three-dimensional characters often struggling with human vices and weakness. With his luminously praised horror film, "28 Days Later" (2003), his surprisingly soft-hearted children's fantasy, "Millions" (2005), and the rags-to-riches hit, "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), Boyle proved adept at shifting genres without losing the voice he had established in his previous efforts, making him one of the most talented and eagerly watched filmmakers to succeed on both sides of the pond.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Trance (2013)
2.
  127 Hours (2010)
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  Sunshine (2007)
5.
  Millions (2004) Director
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  28 Days Later (2003) Director
7.
  Strumpet (2001) Director
9.
  Beach, The (2000) Director
10.
  Alien Love Triangle (1998) Director ("Alien Love Triangle")

CAST: (feature film)

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 Side by Side (2012)
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 At Sundance (1995) Himself
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Raised in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England
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Began career as theater director with radical Joint Stock Company
1982:
Served as artistic director of Royal Court Theatre Upstairs
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Named deputy director of Royal Court Theatre
1990:
Directed "Inspector Morse: Masonic Mysteries" for ITV
1993:
Directed BBC miniseries "Mr. Wroe's Virgins"
1994:
Feature directorial debut, "Shallow Grave"; scripted by John Hodge and produced by Andrew Macdonald
1996:
Helmed breakthough second feature "Trainspotting," adapted by Hodge and produced by Macdonald; film starred Ewan McGregor
1997:
Directed McGregor and Cameron Diaz in "A Life Less Ordinary"; again collaborated with Hodge and Macdonald
2000:
Helmed feature adaptation of cult novel "The Beach," starring Leonardo DiCaprio; again collaborated with Hodge and Macdonald
2003:
Directed thriller feature "28 Days Later," co-starring Brendan Gleeson and Cillian Murphy
2005:
Directed Frank Cottrell Boyce scripted "Millions"
2007:
Again directed Cillian Murphy in sci-fi feature "Sunshine"
2007:
Produced but did not direct sequel "28 Weeks Later"
2008:
Directed mostly unknown cast in "Slumdog Millionaire," about an impoverished child from streets of Mumbai that lucks out on India's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"
2010:
Helmed "127 Hours," based on the experiences of Aron Ralston, the American mountain climber who was trapped by a boulder for nearly five days before amputating his own arm
2012:
Served as Artistic Director of London Olympic Opening Ceremony "Isles of Wonder"
2013:
Directed drama-thriller "Trance," starring James McAvoy
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Education

Thornleigh Salesian College: -
Bangor University: -

Notes

"I get scripts written by Americans that are technically brilliant, but there is something unconfident about the writing. Despite their technical expertise, they know that [the script they are writing] for a Hollywood producer or star will be rewritten by others." --Danny Boyle in SCREEN INTERNATIONAL, January 27-February 2, 1995.

"When I was a kid I used to go to cinemas, and I was never in a theatre until I was 18. Ironically, theatre seemed a much easier and more accessible way of getting into the arts, so that's how I started . . . As a director, your ultimate goal is to make something for the big screen, because it tests your craft more than any other way." --Danny Boyle

"It's about being a transgressor. It's about doing something that everybody says will kill you--YOU WILL KILL YOURSELF. And the thing that nobody understands is, it's not just that you don't hear that message, it's just that it's irrelevent. The film ["Trainspotting"] isn't about heroin. It's about an attitude, and that's why we wanted the film to pulse, to pulse like you DO in your twenties, before you get ground down by whatever grinds you down--be it heroin or all the other things that wipe you out." --Boyle quoted in NEW YORK, July 15, 1996

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companion:
Gail Stevens. Casting director. Together since c. 1983.

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