Raised in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England
Began career as theater director with radical Joint Stock Company
Served as artistic director of Royal Court Theatre Upstairs
Named deputy director of Royal Court Theatre
Directed "Inspector Morse: Masonic Mysteries" for ITV
Directed BBC miniseries "Mr. Wroe's Virgins"
Feature directorial debut, "Shallow Grave"; scripted by John Hodge and produced by Andrew Macdonald
Helmed breakthough second feature "Trainspotting," adapted by Hodge and produced by Macdonald; film starred Ewan McGregor
Directed McGregor and Cameron Diaz in "A Life Less Ordinary"; again collaborated with Hodge and Macdonald
Helmed feature adaptation of cult novel "The Beach," starring Leonardo DiCaprio; again collaborated with Hodge and Macdonald
Directed thriller feature "28 Days Later," co-starring Brendan Gleeson and Cillian Murphy
Directed Frank Cottrell Boyce scripted "Millions"
Again directed Cillian Murphy in sci-fi feature "Sunshine"
Produced but did not direct sequel "28 Weeks Later"
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?"
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
Served as Artistic Director of London Olympic Opening Ceremony "Isles of Wonder"
Directed drama-thriller "Trance," starring James McAvoy