Notting Hill director Roger Michell dies at 65

Roger Michell, the director who is best known for films like Notting Hill and Venus has died at the age of 65.

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His publicist made the announcement on behalf of his family. He shared the statement with the UK Press Association (via The Guardian) on Thursday, 23 September 2021, that Michell died on Wednesday, 22 September 2021.

No cause of death was given.

His statement reads: “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 22

Sony Classics heads Michael Barker and Tom Bernard also paid homage to the iconic director. Their joint statement read:

We are devastated and shocked by the news of the passing of our dear friend Roger Michell. We were just with him a few weeks ago in Telluride with ‘The Duke’ celebrating his exceptional accomplishment.

“Roger was a world-class filmmaker, one of the best AND one of the loveliest and warmest people you will ever meet. We have been close since 1995 when we brought him and his first film ‘Persuasion’ to Telluride. Our heart goes out to his family and friends who are experiencing the profound sadness we all share.

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Who is Roger Michell?

He was born in South Africa to a British father who later returned to the UK with his family. Michell went on to study at Cambridge University, where he became the assistant director at the Royal Court Theatre and worked alongside the likes of Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, before going on to become a resident director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

His 1995 BBC’s film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion won the BAFTA for best single drama, and he soon caught the eye of producer Richard Curtis who asked him to direct Notting Hill.

Roger Michell was married twice to actresses Kate Buffery and Anna Maxwell Martin. He is survived by his four children from his two marriages – Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow.

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