Danny Boyle (1956-) b. Manchester, England.
Born in Manchester, England, Boyle started his career in the theatre. He first worked with the Joint Stock Theatre Company, and then in 1982 with the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, where he was the artistic director until 1985. In 1985, he became the deputy director of the Royal Court Theatre, where he stayed until 1987. During the 1980s, Boyle also began directing for television, making TV films and serials including Mr. Wroe’s Virgins and episodes of Inspector Morse. He made his feature directorial debut with the John Hodge scripted Shallow Grave (1994). A stylish, darkly humorous psychological black comedy/thriller set amongst a trio of self-absorbed flatmates. Two years later, Boyle consolidated on his earlier success with another Hodge-Macdonald-McGregor collaboration, Trainspotting (1996), adapted from the novel by Irvine Welsh – about a group of likable, albeit unconscionable, Edinburgh heroin addicts. Next was another Gen-X film that touched upon Powell and Pressburger’s A Matter of Life and Death (1946), A Life Less Ordinary (1997), this time with American actress Cameron Diaz alongside McGregor as mismatched lovers. He also served as producer on Twin Town (1997). After having his finger’s burnt on Hollywood blockbuster The Beach (2000), Boyle returned home for his two most recent productions; a return to television to make two tv movies (Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise and Strumpet) for the BBC. Next, Boyle had worldwide hit with the post-modern zombie thriller 28 Days Later (2002), a stylishly shot low-budget film that belies its grainy digital video cinematography. To some surprise, Boyle followed up his successful zombie flick with the family-friendly Millions (2005), a morality tale seen through the eyes of two pre-teen brothers. His next film was was the somewhat banal space adventure Sunshine (2007), despite some good characterisations and outstanding special effects the confined space seemed to restrain the directors usual scope for storytelling. He returned to form and critical acclaiim thanks to the furious energy and vivacity of his Indian fairytale Slumdog Millionaire (2008).