|Danny Boyle Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11½ in|
|Date of Birth||October 20, 1956|
Danny Boyle is an award-winning English director, producer, and screenwriter who is highly praised for his distinctive directing style in often low-budget films. Although his career began on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he is well-known for directing successful films like Shallow Grave (1994), Trainspotting (1996), 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later (2002), Steve Jobs (2015), etc. His debut film Shallow Grave received the “Outstanding British Film” Award at the BAFTAs in 1994. But, the esteemed director achieved global fame with his sleeper hit Slumdog Millionaire (2008) which won 8 Academy Awards including “Best Director” for Boyle. Throughout his career, his films have been noted for its stylistic visual appeal, energetic vibe, and for seamlessly infusing pop culture music in his storytelling.
Daniel Francis Boyle
Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Danny attended the Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton. Later, he got enrolled at the University College of North Wales (renamed Bangor University) where he studied Drama and English but dropped out before graduating.
Director, Producer, Screenwriter
- Father – Frank “Patrick” Boyle (Died in 2011)
- Mother – Annie Boyle (née Meheran) (Died in 1988)
- Siblings – Maria Boyle (Twin Sister), Bernadette Boyle (Younger Sister)
Danny is represented by the California-based William Morris Endeavor.
5 ft 11½ in or 181.5 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Danny Boyle has dated –
- Frances Barber – Danny began dating actress Frances Barber while they were both students at the Bangor University in Wales. Barber is a popular actress known for her work in British theater, films, and television.
- Gail Stevens (1983-2003) – Boyle was in a long-term relationship with casting director Gail Stevens starting from 1983 till their separation in 2003. The couple never got married, but had 3 kids together – daughters Caitlin Boyle (b. 1985), Grace Boyle (b. 1991), and son Gabriel Boyle (1989). After their amicable split, Stevens moved to a nearby house with the kids, which was paid for by Danny. Furthermore, the ex-couple has worked together on many of Boyle’s subsequent film productions.
- Rosario Dawson (2012-2013) – In 2012, actress Rosario Dawson got romantically involved with Danny, who is 22 years her senior, while starring in his film Trance (2013). The May-December couple was seen ushering in the New Year by enjoying a romantic holiday in the Caribbean islands. However, in March 2013, Dawson officially confirmed the end of their year-long romance.
Race / Ethnicity
He has Irish ancestry from both his parents.
- Receding hairline
- Bushy eyebrows
Danny had a religious Catholic upbringing.
However, he considers himself to be a spiritual atheist.
Best Known For
Directing popular films like Shallow Grave (1994), Trainspotting (1996), The Beach (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Millions (2004), Sunshine (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), 127 Hours (2010), Steve Jobs (2015), T2 Trainspotting (2017), and Yesterday (2019)
First TV Show
Danny made his first TV show appearance as ‘Himself’ in the series The Little Picture Show in 1995.
Danny Boyle Favorite Things
- Films – Apocalypse Now (1979), The Bicycle Thief (1948), Wallace and Gromit – The Wrong Trousers (1993), Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987), Eureka (1983)
- Film Directors – Nicolas Roeg, Francis Ford Coppola
- Feel-Good Movies – Notting Hill (1999), When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
- Song – (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais by The Clash
- Film Soundtrack – Blue Velvet (1986)
- TV Shows – Fleabag (2016-2019), Gentleman Jack
- Songs From The Beatles – Hello, Goodbye, Medley (from the Abbey Road album)
- Music Band – The Clash
- Space Movie – Solaris (1972)
- Psychological Thriller Films – Memento (2001), Body Heat (1981), Rififi (1955), Near Dark (1987), Blood Simple (1984)
Danny Boyle Facts
- Danny aspired to be a priest while growing up, in accordance with his mother’s wishes. He also served as an altar boy for 8 years and planned to join a seminary at the age of 14 but was dissuaded by his local priest.
- Danny’s friendship with frequent collaborator Ewan McGregor was strained after Ewan was booted out of his Hollywood production The Beach (2000) in favor of the A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio. However, after an acrimonious decade, the actor and director buried the hatchet for good in 2009.
- His classic film Trainspotting was included in the list of the “Top 100 British Films of the 20th Century” at #10 by the British Film Institute.
- Danny declined the offer to be knighted during the New Year Honours in 2013.
- In 2014, Danny became a patron of the contemporary arts center called HOME in Manchester.
- He served as an artistic director for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London. The ceremony titled Isles of Wonder became a huge success and was praised for representing the British culture in all its glory.
- Danny was offered the directorial duties of Alien Resurrection (1997). But he turned down the offer, instead directing the commercially unsuccessful romantic comedy A Life Less Ordinary (1997).
- He is the trustee of Dramatic Need, a charitable organization that aims at bringing reformation in the African countries through the medium of arts.
- He was touted to direct the 25th film in the James Bond franchise, No Time to Die, in 2018. But creative differences arose when the producers did not agree with the script written by his frequent writing partner John Hodge. As a result, Danny decided to step down rather than break his creative partnership with Hodge.
- His film Slumdog Millionaire won him the “Best Director” Award at the Golden Globes, Director’s Guild, BAFTAs, and the Academy Awards. Other directors to achieve a similar distinction at the top award ceremonies include Mike Nichols (for The Graduate), Milos Forman (for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Richard Attenborough (for Gandhi), Oliver Stone (for Platoon), Steven Spielberg (for Schindler’s List), Ang Lee (for Brokeback Mountain), Alfonso Cuarón (for Gravity and Roma), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (for The Revenant), Damien Chazelle (for La La Land), and Guillermo del Toro (for The Shape of Water).
- Unfortunately, Danny turned down the offer to direct several successful films like Fight Club (1999), 8 Mile (2002), The Full Monty (1997), American Psycho (2000), X-Men (2000), and Scream (1996).
- Danny is the patron of the non-profit organization Early Break which provides assistance to young people affected by alcohol and drugs in the area of Radcliffe, Lancashire.
- In 2010, Danny was named as one of Britain’s most influential Roman Catholics by a religious publication in London called The Tablet.
- Sir Peter Blake added Boyle’s image to an adaptation of his most popular artwork – the album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 2012. Danny was among several other British icons to be featured due to their artistic contributions to the British culture.
- Danny Boyle does not have any social media accounts.
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