Roger Michell: Julia Roberts pays tribute to Notting Hill director after his death at 65

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Roger Michell: Julia Roberts pays tribute to Notting Hill director after his death at 65


Film, television and theater director Roger Michell has died at the age of 65.

Michell is best known for directing Notting Hill, Venus and My Cousin Rachel.

“It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, screenwriter and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announces his death at the age of 65 on September 22,” said a statement from his attaché Press.

He was born in Pretoria, South Africa while his father, a British diplomat, was stationed there, and he also spent time in Beirut, Damascus and Prague.

Her theatrical credits include Consent by Nina Raine, The Homecoming by Harold Pinter and Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas, with several of her productions performed at the National Theater.

His films include Enduring Love, Morning Glory, Persuasion, Blackbird and the upcoming The Duke starring Dame Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Matthew Goode.

Julia Roberts, who starred in Notting Hill alongside Hugh Grant, paid tribute to Michell.

She shared a photo of the director on Instagram and said, “I loved every minute we spent together. RIP Roger Michell. “

Actors Jason Watkins, Samuel West and Eddie Marsan also shared their memories of Michell.

Watkins, who starred in Michell’s 2014 TV movie The Lost Honor of Christopher Jefferies, tweeted: “My lovely friend #RogerMichell is gone. How can you leave us now? I am devastated. My companion and collaborator, I owe him so much.

“A gentle, strong, gentle genius and a magnificent friend.” We are all lost without you. Too early, too early. “

Theater actor and director West said: “Numb with news of Roger Michell’s untimely death. We worked together on three films (Persuasion, Notting Hill, Hyde Park on Hudson) and one play (Betrayal).

“He was a magnificent man and an accomplished director: generous, authoritative, tasteful and so, so kind. I loved him so much. “

Writing on Twitter, Marsan said: “So sad to hear that Roger Michell has passed away. He gave me my first big break at the NT (National Theater) in The Homecoming.

“He was such a kind, supportive and insightful director. Condolences to his family. RIP Roger. “

Michell married Kate Buffery in the 1990s and the couple divorced in 2002. That same year, he married Line Of Duty actress Anna Maxwell Martin – with whom he had two daughters.

Martin confirmed to You Magazine last year that she and Mr. Martin have separated.

The director won his first BAFTA in 1995, taking home the award for Best Single Drama for Persuasion, an adaptation of the life of Jane Austen.

In 2015, he won his second BAFTA for the television series The Lost Honor Of Christopher Jefferies, which stated the true story of a retired schoolteacher accused of murder.

Mr. Jefferies, who was one of Michell’s teachers at the school, was innocent.



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