Sam Mendes(1965-), Theatre director and film-maker
Sir Samuel Alexander ('Sam') Mendes
Sitter in 5 portraits
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.Mendes won the Academy Award for Best Director for his debut film American Beauty (1999). Subsequent films include Road to Perdition (2002), Revolutionary Road (2008), the James Bond films Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), and the upcoming 1917 (2019). In 2005 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain. Mendes has also directed award-winning plays and stage musicals including Oliver! (1994), Company (1995), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013) and Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman (2017).