Before becoming a film director and screenwriter, OLIVER PARKER worked extensively as an actor and theatre director.
His first feature came in 1995 with own adaptation Othello starring Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh. This was followed by his adaptations of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, starring Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore and Jeremy Northam, (the film was nominated for two Golden Globes and three BAFTAs) and The Importance of Being Earnest starring Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench,Rupert Everett and Colin Firth.
In 2006 he directed his screenplay Fade to Black starring Danny Huston and Christopher Walken, and in 2007 he directed I Really Hate My Job starring Neve Campbell, Shirley Henderson and Anna Maxwell Martin. With Barnaby Thompson he co-produced and co-directed the 2 St Trinians films starring Rupert Everett, either side of directing Dorian Gray starring Colin Firth, Ben Barnes and Rebecca Hall.
In 2011 he directed Johnny English Reborn, written by Hamish McColl and starring Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike and Gillian Anderson. In 2014 he directed the feature film of Dad’s Army, starring Toby Jones, Michael Gambon, Billy Nighy and Catherine Zeta Jones.
In 2017 he directed “Swimming With Men” starring Rob Brydon, Jane Horrocks and Jim Carter.
His television work also includes The Private Life of Samuel Pepys, by Jenkin, starring Steve Coogan, and Billingsgate Alfie by Tony Grounds,starring Jim Broadbent.