JOHN MADDEN (Director, Executive Producer) is best known for
directing several commercially successful independent films that were as beloved
by critics as they were by audiences, including Academy Award-winning
Shakespeare in Love, Proof, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Madden was born in Portsmouth and educated at Clifton College and Cambridge. He
began his career as Artistic Director of the Oxford and Cambridge Shakespeare
Company, moving later to the BBC to work in television and radio drama.
He moved to America in 1975 to develop Earplay, the National Public Radio drama
project. Winning the Prix Italia with Arthur Kopit's "Wings," he subsequently
directed the play for the stage at Yale, on Broadway, and for the National
Theatre in London. Further stage work included the premieres of Jules Feiffer's
"Grown Ups," Christopher Durang's "Beyond Therapy," and Arnold Wesker's
"Caritas." During this time, he taught in the acting and playwriting programs at
the Yale School of Drama.
In 1984 he began to work extensively in film, directing for the BBC, and for
commercial television. His projects included "Poppyland," "After the War," "The
Widowmaker," and several episodes in the "Inspector Morse" series. He returned
to America in 1990 to make his first feature film, Ethan Frome, starring Liam
Neeson and Patricia Arquette, followed by Golden Gate, a story of cultural
collision in San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s and 60s, starring Matt
Dillon and Joan Chen.
"Prime Suspect: The Lost Child" received a BAFTA nomination for Best Series and
his BBC TV movie "Truth Or Dare," starring John Hannah and Helen Baxendale, won
the Scottish BAFTA for Best Single Drama. His film Mrs Brown, from a screenplay
by Jeremy Brock, starred Dame Judi Dench and Billy Connolly, and received two
Academy Award and eight BAFTA nominations, including Best Film.
Madden directed Shakespeare in Love, from a screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc
Norman. It starred Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush,
Ben Affleck, Dame Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson, and received three Golden Globe
Awards, four BAFTAs and seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Madden's film Captain Corelli's Mandolin is based on the best-selling novel by
Louis de Bernieres. It starred Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz, Christian Bale,
David Morrissey and John Hurt.
Madden directed the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Proof" by David Auburn at the
Donmar Warehouse, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. He then directed Gwyneth Paltrow,
Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal and Hope Davis in the screen version. Madden
followed Proof with Killshot, based on Elmore Leonard's novel, starring Mickey
Rourke, Diane Lane, Thomas Jane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rosario Dawson, and
went on to direct The Debt, starring Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Ciaran Hinds,
Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington and Marton Csokas.
Madden's film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Dame Judi Dench, Bill
Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie
and Dev Patel, was released worldwide by Fox Searchlight Pictures, and became
the most successful independent film of 2012 in the U.S., grossing over $47
million domestically, with a worldwide box-office total of $140 million. The
film received 2 Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture and Best
Actress in the Comedy-Musical category, as well as a BAFTA nomination for Best
British Film. The film's companion piece, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,
in which the original cast was joined by Richard Gere, David Strathairn, and
Tamsin Greig, was released in 2015, with its current box-office takings at $87
Between the first and second Marigold films, Madden developed the script for The
BFG with Melissa Mathison, and directed the pilot for "Masters of Sex," now in
its fourth season, with Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan for the Showtime network.
Madden is married with two children, and lives in London.
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