He had signed the cult romantic comedy Love at first sight in Notting Hill. Director Roger Michell died Wednesday at the age of 65, his family announced Thursday. “It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, author and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65 on September 22,” according to a press release from his agent relayed by AFP. The causes of his death have not been disclosed.
Son of a diplomat, Roger Michell was born on June 5, 1956 in South Africa. As a child, he lived in Beirut, Damascus and Prague, before returning to the United Kingdom. He began his career in theater and television, where he directed series and television films. Roger Michell went to the cinema in 1996 by bringing the play to the screen My Night With Reg.
But it was in 1999 that he obtained the consecration with the romantic comedy Love at first sight in Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Having become a classic of the genre, the film written by Richard Curtis traces the love story of a Hollywood star and a London bookseller. The actress paid tribute to him on her Instagram account. “I loved all the minutes we spent together. Rest in peace Roger Michell”, posted the actress in the caption of a photo of the director.
We also owe him Uncontrolled slips, with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson in 2002 or even My Cousin Rachel, with Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz in 2017. In early September, he promoted The Duke at the Telluride Film Festival. The film, due for release on February 23, tells the story of the theft of a Goya painting by a taxi driver in 1960s London.
Roger Michell was married to actress Kate Buffery, with whom he had two children, then to actress Anna Maxwell Martin, with whom he also had two children before their separation.
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