Amiel at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival for the premier of Creation
|Born||20 May 1948|
Jon Amiel (born 20 May 1948) is an English director who has worked in film and television in both the UK and the US. After receiving a BAFTA Award nomination for the BBC series The Singing Detective (1986), he went on to direct films, including Sommersby (1993), Copycat (1995), and Entrapment (1999).
Amiel was born in London. He attended the William Ellis School in Highgate, before studying English literature at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, graduating in 1969. It was while at Cambridge that he became involved with local theatre, and after college he went on to direct for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
After having worked as a story editor for the BBC, he directed the documentary The Silent Twins, and was chosen to direct the Dennis Potter serial The Singing Detective, for which he was BAFTA nominated. He made his feature film debut in 1989 with Queen of Hearts.
Amiel lives in Santa Monica with his wife, Tara, and their two sons, Luke and Max. He also has another son, an aspiring screenwriter, called Leo.
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