|Paul Greengrass Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||August 13, 1955|
Paul Greengrass is a renowned English film director, screenwriter, producer, and former journalist. He won the BAFTA Award for “Best Director” for the film United 93 in 2007. His other notable works include Resurrected, The Theory of Flight, The Bourne Supremacy, Bloody Sunday, The One That Got Away, Open Fire, The Bourne Ultimatum, Green Zone, Captain Phillips, and World in Action. He and Peter Wright co-wrote the controversial book Spycatcher published in 1987. Paul is an English major from the Queens’ College, Cambridge.
Cheam, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Paul Greengrass studied at the Westcourt Primary School, Gravesend Grammar School, and Sevenoaks Public School in Kent, United Kingdom. Later, he attended the Queens’ College, Cambridge and majored in English Literature.
Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Former Journalist
- Father – Philip Greengrass (Was a River Pilot and Merchant Seaman)
- Mother – Joyce Greengrass (Was a Teacher)
- Siblings – Mark Greengrass (Brother) (Historian)
Paul Greengrass is managed by Independent Talent Group Ltd., Talent Agency, London, United Kingdom.
6 ft or 183 cm
86 kg or 189.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Paul Greengrass has dated –
- Joanna Kaye – Paul is married to talent agent Joanna Kaye. They are blessed with 3 children. Paul also has two other children from his earlier marriage.
Race / Ethnicity
Salt and Pepper
- Keeps a shoulder length hair
- Tends to wear round thinned rimmed glass
- Long rounded chin
- Thick eyebrows
He does not follow any religion. However, in an interview on BBC in October 2014, he stated that he has “great respect for the spiritual way”.
Best Known For
Directing notable films like Resurrected (1989), The Theory of Flight (1998), Bloody Sunday (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), United 93 (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Green Zone (2010), Captain Phillips (2013), Jason Bourne (2016), and 22 July (2018)
First TV Show
In 1980, he made his first TV show appearance while working as a Reporter in the documentary TV series World in Action.
Paul Greengrass Favorite Things
- Films – The Battle of Algiers (1966), Battleship Potemkin (1925), Bicycle Thieves (1948), Breathless (1960), Citizen Kane (1941), The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964), Kes (1969), Seven Samurai (1954), The War Game (1965), and Z (1969)
Source – IMDb
Paul Greengrass Facts
- He developed an interest in film while studying at the Sevenoaks Public School.
- As a student, he used Super-8 camera to make horror films using dolls and artists’ dummies.
- After completing college, he worked as a trainee at Granada.
- He started his career in television directing a programme called the World in Action for ITV in the 1980s.
- He worked 11 years for ITV reporting from South Africa, the Far East, Northern Ireland, and Buenos Aires even covering the Falklands War there.
- In 2008, he was made an Honorary Fellow of Queens College.
- In October 2012, Kingston University honored him with a degree for his “outstanding contribution to television and cinema”.
- Paul is a huge fan and supporter of the football team Crystal Palace FC based in England.
- He likes using handheld cameras in his films to create a more realistic approach.
- He co-authored the book Spycatcher with the former assistant director of MI5, Peter Wright, which the British government tried to ban in the mid-80s, but eventually was published in 1987.
- In 2007, he was one of the 115 people that were invited to join AMPAS.
- In 2007, Entertainment Weekly listed him as the 28th of “The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood”.
- Telegraph ranked him #56 on their list of “The 100 Most Powerful People in British Culture” in 2008.
- Fictional TV reporter Damien Day named him as one of his models in TV series Drop the Dead Donkey (1990-1998).
- He was named to direct Rush (2013), but he switched films with Ron Howard so he could direct Captain Phillips (2013) instead.
- As a writer, he has contributed in the making of 22 July (2018), Jason Bourne (2016), United 93 (2006), Bloody Sunday (2002), The One That Got Away (1996), Open Fire (1994), and others.
- He has produced an episode of the TV documentary Cutting Edge in 1992 and several episodes of World in Action from 1984 to 1986.
- One of the most challenging films that he has directed was United 93 (2006), based on 9/11 attack in the US.
- The film that has influenced him the most was The Battle of Algiers (1966), which he watched at the age of 17.
- He is known for making action-packed film and films based on real-life events.
- He does not have a social media account.
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