Notting Hill director Roger Michell passes away, his publicist confirms

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Director Roger Michell, whose films include Notting Hill, Venus and My Cousin Rachel, has died at the age of 65, his publicist has confirmed.

His former publicist said: "It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65 on September 22nd."

Roger's cause of death was not confirmed by his representative.

The film legend who was born in South Africa lived a colourful life before finding fame, having lived in the likes of Beirut, Damascus and Prague as a young child.

His career began after studying at Clifton College, Bristol when his family returned from working abroad as his dad was a British diplomat, posted in several locations across the world.

After leaving Clifton College, Roger went on to read English at Queens' College Cambridge, where he started to direct several plays, as well as becoming an actor.

He later went on to win the RSC Buzz Goodbody Award for Best Student Director at the NSDF as well as a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival for his play, Private Dick.

Shortly after graduating from Cambridge in 1977, Roger landed a role as an assistant director at the Royal Court Theatre, working alongside the likes of Danny Boyle.

Just 18 years later, he went on to take control of the BBC's Jane Austen's Persuasion that scooped a BAFTA for Best Single Drama.

Michael's phenomenal work soon caught the attention of filmmaker Richard Curtis who ensured that he would be directing the hit 1999 film, Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.

The classic rom-com went on to land three Golden Globe nominations as well as two BAFTA nominations.

Notting Holl also went on to win a BRIT Award for the soundtrack.

Roger's theatre credits include Nina Raine's Consent, Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming and Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, with many of his productions playing at the National Theatre.

His films include Enduring Love, Morning Glory, Persuasion, Blackbird and the forthcoming The Duke starring Dame Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Matthew Goode.

Roger is survived by his children Rosanna and Harry, from his first marriage to actress Kate Buffery, as well as his two daughters Maggie and Nancy, from his marriage with Line Of Duty's Anna Maxwell Martin, who he separated from in 2020.

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