Samuel Alexander ('Sam') Mendes(1965-), Theatre director and film maker
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Born in Reading, Mendes studied English at Cambridge, where, as a member of the Marlowe Society he directed several plays. Aged twenty-four, he directed a West End production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard starring Judi Dench, and from there went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. As artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse (1992-2002) he produced numerous critically acclaimed plays. In 1999, Mendes made his film debut with American Beauty for which he won two Academy Awards. Later films include Road to Perdition (2002), Revolutionary Road (2008) and two James Bond films; Skyfall(2012) and Spectre (2015).