'Notting Hill' director Roger Michell dead at 65

ミシェルの家族は声明の中で彼が水曜日に亡くなったと述べた. They didn’t disclose the place or cause of death.

“ロジャー・ミッシェルの家族がとても悲しいです, ディレクター, ハリーの作家兼父, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65 on September 22nd,” said the statement released through Michell’s publicist.

Born in South Africa, where his father was posted as a British diplomat, Michell began his directing career with British theaters including the Royal Court, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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He made acclaimed television series in the 1990s, including adaptations of Hanif Kureishi’s novelThe Buddha of Suburbiaand Jane Austen’sPersuasion.

On the big screen, his biggest commercial hit wasNotting Hill,” the Richard Curtis-penned comedy about an awkward romance between a movie star played by Julia Roberts and a London bookshop owner, played by Hugh Grant.

Roger Michell, the British stage, television and film director whose movies include the hit romcom "Notting Hill," 死んだ. 彼がいた 65. Michell’s family announced his death on Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021 in a statement on Thursday.

Roger Michell, the British stage, television and film director whose movies include the hit romcomNotting Hill,” 死んだ. 彼がいた 65. Michell’s family announced his death on Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021 in a statement on Thursday. (Ian West/PA via AP, ファイル)

After its release in 1999 it was for a time the highest-grossing British film in history, and Michell followed it with Hollywood thrillerChanging Lanes,” starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. ジャクソン.

He was courted to direct a James Bond film — the one that became “慰めの報酬” — but turned it down because, he later said, the moviehad everything, but no script.

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He largely made films in Britain, often drawing superb performances from actors. They include 2003 リリース “The Mother,” with Anne Reid and Daniel Craig; the next year’sEnduring Love,” based on an Ian McEwan novel and again starring Craig; そして “金星,” which gained Peter O’Toole an Academy Award nomination in 2007.

Later films includedHyde Park on Hudson,” A 2012 historical drama starring Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Daphne du Maurier adaptationMy Cousin Rachel,” starring Rachel Weisz, released in 2017; そして “The Duke,” a real-life art heist story starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren that premiered at the 2020 ヴェネツィア映画祭.

At the time of his death he was working on a documentary about Queen Elizabeth II.

Michell was married twice: to actor Kate Buffery, and after their divorce to actor Anna Maxwell Martin, from whom he was separated. He is survived by both women and by his four children, two from each relationship.

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