Charles Sturridge

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Charles Sturridge (born June 24, 1951 in London , England ) is a British film director , screenwriter and producer who has directed several well-known cinema films and television miniseries, including reunion with Brideshead , Angels and Fools , Gulliver's Travels , Ernest Shackleton and Lassie Returns .

life and career

Charles Sturridge was born in London in 1951, the son of Alyson Bowman Vaughan (née Burke) and Jerome Sturridge. He attended Stonyhurst College and University College Oxford before starting his acting career. In 1968 he played Markland in Lindsay Anderson's film, If… and portrayed the young Edward VII in Edward Seventh .

He took on his first directorial roles for episodes of the British series Coronation Street , Crown Court , World in Action , Strangers and The Spoils of War , before gaining international recognition in 1981 with the eleven-part television production Reunion with Brideshead by Evelyn Waugh . The series won 17 awards, including two Golden Globes and six British Academy Film Awards . Since then he has directed films such as Runners - Ausgerissen (1983), A Handful of Dust (1988), Angels and Fools (1991), Stranger Beings (1997), Lassie Returns (2005) and The Scapegoat (2012).

His other television works include the film adaptation of Jonathan Swift's adventure classic Gulliver's Travels (1996) with Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen , which won several Emmys . In 2000 he wrote and directed Longitude , based on Dava Sobel's novel about the life of watchmaker John Harrison . In 2000 he founded FIRSTSIGHT Films , the first production of which was a report on Sir Ernest Shackleton's endurance expedition, which Sturridge wrote and also directed. Ernest Shackleton (2002) in the lead role Kenneth Branagh was filmed on location in the Arctic and won the BAFTA Award for Best Miniseries . He also received the Radio Times Audience Award for Best Drama in 2002 . Shackleton - Lost in the Eternal Ice was also nominated for seven Emmys and won two of the coveted trophies for best music and best camera . In 2009, Sturridge directed three episodes for the television series A Detective for Botswana, starring Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose . In 2011 the seven-minute short film Astonish Me , written by Stephen Poliakoff , was made on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund . The film was shown at Odeon Cinemas in August 2011 and is available on the WWF website and YouTube .

His first professional theater production was a musical version of the Charles Dickens classic Hard Times , which he co-wrote and directed at the Belgrade Theater Coventry, and has since been followed by occasional theater works such as Die Möwe with Vanessa Redgrave , Natasha Richardson and Jonathan Pryce and Samuel Beckett's Endgame (2006) starring Kenneth Cranham and Peter Dinklage , which opened at the Gate Theater in Dublin on the 100th birthday of Samuel Beckett and later continued at the Barbican Theater.

Charles Sturridge has been married to actress Phoebe Nicholls since 1985. The two have three children together, Tom , Arthur and Matilda Sturridge, who are also all actors.

Filmography (selection)


  • 1983: Runners - Runaway ( Runners )
  • 1987: Aria , together with 10 other directors
  • 1988: A Handful of Dust
  • 1991: Angels and Fools ( Where Angels Fear to Tread )
  • 1997: Stranger Beings (FairyTale: A True Story)
  • 2005: Lassie Returns ( Lassie )
  • 2012: The Scapegoat

watch TV

  • 1981: Reunion with Brideshead ( Brideshead Revisited , television multi-part, 11 episodes)
  • 1996: Gulliver's Travels ( Gulliver's Travels , miniseries, two parts)
  • 2000: Ohio Impromptu (mini-series, two parts)
  • 2000: Longitude - the degree of longitude ( Longitude , mini series, two parts)
  • 2002: Ernest Shackleton ( Shackleton , miniseries, two parts)
  • 2009: A Detective for Botswana ( The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency , TV series, 3 episodes)
  • 2010: The Road to Coronation Street (TV movie)
  • 2013: Dates (TV series, 2 episodes)
  • 2014: Da Vinci's Demons (TV series, 2 episodes)
  • 2016: Churchill's Secret (TV movie)


  • 2002: Emmy nomination for Best Miniseries for Ernest Shackleton (Shackleton)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Biographical data of Charles Sturridge in: Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors - Volume 1, by Jerry Roberts, 2009, p. 574