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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 8, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Portsmouth, England, GB Profession: director, teacher

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An accomplished director for British television for two decades, John Madden successfully expanded into feature films with an adaptation of "Ethan Frome" (1993) before winning Oscars for the massively popular "Shakespeare in Love" (1998). Prior to that paramount success, Madden directed a string of acclaimed series in his native England such as "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (ITV, 1984-1994), "Prime Suspect (ITV, 1991-2006) and "Inspector Morse" (ITV, 1987-2000). From there, he developed into a skilled translator of books to screen with "Ethan Frome," but stumbled a bit with the forgotten "Golden Gate" (1994). Madden scored his first box office hit with the period romantic drama, "Mrs. Brown" (1997), which marked the first of several critically acclaimed collaborations with actress Judi Dench. He next reached career heights with "Shakespeare in Love," which shocked many by winning Best Picture over "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), while enjoying commercial success in both the U.S. and U.K. But in his efforts to replicate such success, Madden failed to deliver, thanks to a decade of disappointments with "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" (2001), "Proof" (2005) and the frustrating direct-to-DVD experience...

An accomplished director for British television for two decades, John Madden successfully expanded into feature films with an adaptation of "Ethan Frome" (1993) before winning Oscars for the massively popular "Shakespeare in Love" (1998). Prior to that paramount success, Madden directed a string of acclaimed series in his native England such as "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (ITV, 1984-1994), "Prime Suspect (ITV, 1991-2006) and "Inspector Morse" (ITV, 1987-2000). From there, he developed into a skilled translator of books to screen with "Ethan Frome," but stumbled a bit with the forgotten "Golden Gate" (1994). Madden scored his first box office hit with the period romantic drama, "Mrs. Brown" (1997), which marked the first of several critically acclaimed collaborations with actress Judi Dench. He next reached career heights with "Shakespeare in Love," which shocked many by winning Best Picture over "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), while enjoying commercial success in both the U.S. and U.K. But in his efforts to replicate such success, Madden failed to deliver, thanks to a decade of disappointments with "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" (2001), "Proof" (2005) and the frustrating direct-to-DVD experience of "Killshot" (2009). Madden managed to bounce back with the cerebral spy thriller "The Debt" (2011) and the lighthearted drama "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2012), both of which boosted his flagging career while reminding critics and audiences of the mastery he had displayed in the previous decade.

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  Killshot (2009)
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  Proof (2005) Director
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  Shakespeare in Love (1998) Director
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  Mrs. Brown (1997) Director
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  Ethan Frome (1993) Director
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  Golden Gate (1993) Director
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  Theseus & the Minotaur (1997) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Last Morse, The (2001) Interviewee
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Began career as artistic director of the Oxford and Cambridge Shakespeare Company
1973:
Started working at the BBC
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Moved to the U.S.
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Served as the director of National Public Radio's dramatic series "The Ear"
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Developed the Arnold Kopit radio drama "Wings" for the stage
1979:
Brought "Wings" to Broadway
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Directed the Broadway production of Jules Feiffer's "Grown-Ups"
1982:
Directed the original Broadway production of Christopher Durang's "Beyond Therapy"
1983:
Broadcast "Wings" on PBS
1985:
Helmed the TV presentation of "Grown-Ups" (Showtime)
1987:
Directed two episodes of "The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Series I" for "Mystery!" (PBS)
1989:
Directed "A Wreath of Roses" for "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS)
1990:
Helmed five of the ten parts of "After the War" for "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS)
1991:
Directed "The Infernal Serpent" episode of "Inspector Morse, Series IV" for "Mystery!" (PBS)
1992:
Directed "The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" for "Mystery!" (PBS)
1993:
Feature directorial debut, "Ethan Frome"
1993:
Directed "Promised Land", "Inspector Morse, Series VI" (PBS)
1994:
Helmed "Inspector Morse, Series VII: Dead on Time" for "Mystery!" (PBS)
1994:
Moved back to London after the failure of second feature "Golden Gate"
1995:
Directed "Prime Suspect: The Lost Child" (PBS)
1997:
Directed HBO's "Theseus & the Minotaur"
1997:
Directed Judi Dench and Billy Connolly in the acclaimed film "Mrs. Brown"
1998:
Directed the Oscar winning film "Shakespeare in Love"; first collaboration with Gwenyth Paltrow; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Director
2001:
Replaced an ailing Roger Michell at the helm of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"
2002:
Directed Gwyneth Paltrow in the London premiere of "Proof" at the Donmar Warehouse
2005:
Re-teamed with Paltrow to direct the feature adaptation of the David Auburn play "Proof"
2009:
Directed Diane Lane and Thomas Jane in "Killshot," based on the 1989 novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard
2010:
Directed the American remake of "The Debt" about three young Mossad agents tracking a notorious Nazi war criminal
2012:
Helmed the ensemble comedy drama "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," based on the novel <i>These Foolish Things</i> by Deborah Moggach
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Education

Clifton College: Bristol , England -
Sidney Sussex College: - 1970

Notes

Not to be confused with former NFL Raiders coach and FOX broadcaster John Madden.

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wife:
Penny Madden.

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son:
Oliver Madden. Website designer. Born c. 1977.
daughter:
Emma Madden.

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