Cause of his death not disclosed
British stage, television and film director Roger Mitchell, whose films include the incredibly popular romcom “Notting Hill”, has died, his family said on Thursday. He was 65 years old.
Michel’s family said in a statement that he passed away on Wednesday. He did not disclose the place or cause of death.
“It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Mitchell, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, passed away on September 22 at the age of 65,” said a statement released through Mitchell’s publicist. declare.”
Born in South Africa, where his father was posted as a British diplomat, Mitchell began his directing career at British theaters including the Royal Court, the National Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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He created acclaimed television series in the 1990s, including adaptations of Hanif Qureshi’s novel “The Buddha of Suburbia” and Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”.
On the big screen, her biggest commercial hit was “Notting Hill”, a comedy written by Richard Curtis about a strange romance between a movie star played by Julia Roberts and a London bookstore owner played by Hugh Grant. In.
It was the highest-grossing British film in history after its 1999 release, and Mitchell followed it up with the Hollywood thriller “Changing Lens” starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L.
He was inspired to direct a James Bond film—the one that became “Quantum of Solace”—but turned it down because, he later said, the film “had everything, but no script.”
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He made films largely in Britain, often with great performances from actors. These include the 2003 release “The Mother” with Anne Reed and Daniel Craig; next year’s “Ending Love”, based on the novel by Ian McEwan and then starring Craig; and “Venus,” which earned Peter O’Toole an Academy Award nomination in 2007.
Subsequent films included “Hyde Park on the Hudson”, a 2012 historical drama starring Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Daphne du Maurier adaptation “My Cousin Rachel”, starring Rachel Weisz, was released in 2017; and “The Duke,” a real-life art theft tale starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren that premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.
At the time of his death he was working on a documentary about Queen Elizabeth II.
Mitchell was married twice: to actor Kate Buffrey, and after his divorce to actor Anna Maxwell Martin, from whom he had split. His family consists of women and his four children, two from each relationship.