Daniel Francis Boyle (born 20 October 1956), is an English film director, producer, screenwriter and theatre director, known for his work on films including Shallow GraveTrainspotting with its 2017 sequel, The Beach28 Days LaterSunshineSlumdog Millionaire127 Hours, and Steve Jobs. His debut film Shallow Grave won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film. The British Film Institute ranked Trainspotting the 10th greatest British film of the 20th century.

Boyle's 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, the most successful British film of the decade, was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won eight, including the Academy Award for Best Director. He also won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Director. Boyle was presented with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at the 2008 Austin Film Festival, where he also introduced that year's AFF Audience Award Winner Slumdog Millionaire.

In 2012, Boyle was the artistic director for Isles of Wonder, the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was subsequently offered a knighthood as part of the New Year Honours, but declined. In 2014, it was announced that Boyle would become a patron of HOME in Manchester.

In February 2017, Boyle announced his bid to help launch a £30 million film and media school in Manchester, stating: "This is just what Manchester needs and I am delighted to be part of the International Screen School Manchester."


Boyle's love for film began with his first viewing of Apocalypse Now:

1990s: Shallow Grave and Trainspotting

The first film Boyle directed was Shallow Grave. The film was the most commercially successful British film of 1995, won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film, and led to the production of Trainspotting, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh. Working with writer John Hodge and producer Andrew Macdonald, Shallow Grave earned Boyle the Best Newcomer Award from the 1996 London Film Critics Circle. Shallow Grave and Trainspotting caused critics to claim that Boyle had revitalised British cinema in the early '90s. The BFI ranked Trainspotting the 10th greatest British film of the 20th century.

Boyle declined an offer to direct the fourth film of the Alien franchise, instead making A Life Less Ordinary using British finance.

2000s: The Beach28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire

Boyle's next project was an adaptation of the cult novel The Beach. Filmed in Thailand with Leonardo DiCaprio in a starring role, casting of the film led to a feud with Ewan McGregor, star of his first three films. He then collaborated with author Alex Garland on the post-apocalyptic horror film 28 Days Later.

He also directed a short film Alien Love Triangle (starring Kenneth Branagh), which was intended to be one of three shorts within a feature film. However the project was cancelled after the two other shorts were made into feature films: Mimic starring Mira Sorvino and Impostor starring Gary Sinise. In 2004 Boyle directed Millions, scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce. His next collaboration with Alex Garland was the science-fiction film Sunshine, featuring 28 Days Later star Cillian Murphy, and was released in 2007.

In 2008 he directed Slumdog Millionaire, the story of an impoverished child (Dev Patel) on the streets of Mumbai, India who competes on India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, for which Boyle won Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Director. The most successful British film of the decade, the film won eight Academy Awards and seven BAFTA Awards in total. On film-making Boyle commented, "To be a have to lead. You have to be psychotic in your desire to do something. People always like the easy route. You have to push very hard to get something unusual, something different." Andrew Macdonald, producer of Trainspotting, said "Boyle takes a subject that you've often seen portrayed realistically, in a politically correct way, whether it's junkies or slum orphans, and he has managed to make it realistic but also incredibly uplifting and joyful."

2010s: 127 HoursSteve Jobs and T2 Trainspotting

In 2010, Boyle directed the film 127 Hours, starring James Franco and featuring Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara. It was based on Aron Ralston's autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which detailed his struggle of being trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone in Blue John Canyon, southeastern Utah, and resorting to desperate measures to survive. The film was released on 5 November 2010 to critical acclaim. The film got six nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Boyle and Best Actor for Franco.

Boyle's next film was Trance, while another instalment of the 28 Days Later franchise is in the development stages. Boyle has stated previously that in theory the third instalment of the series would be titled 28 Months Later, but alluded to a film taking place somewhere else in the world he created in 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later. He is also stated to be producing the upcoming film Paani. He has directed the sequel to TrainspottingT2 Trainspotting.

Boyle told an interviewer about the eclectic range of his films, "There's a theme running through all of them—and I just realised this. They're all about someone facing impossible odds and overcoming them." With a strong interest in music, Boyle has mentioned in interviews that he has considered a musical film with original compositions. Boyle has also expressed interest in an animated film, and, in 2013, a sequel to 28 Weeks Later.

Boyle's eponymous biopic of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs closed the 59th BFI London Film Festival. This was the third time Boyle has had that honour, after Slumdog Millionaire in 2008 and 127 Hours two years later. The BFI's London Film Festival Director, Clare Stewart, said Boyle had created an exhilarating and audacious film about a complex, charismatic pioneer.

In a BBC interview, Boyle stated that he didn't write his own films but they did reflect his personality. "I am not a big auteur fan and like to work with writers, but ultimately a film is a director's vision, because he gets all its elements together towards that vision."

In March 2018, Boyle confirmed he would be directing the new James Bond movie, Bond 25 (2020). In August 21, 2018, it was announced that he no longer would direct the film due to 'creative differences'. after replace by Cary Joji Fukunaga on September 20, 2018.

2020s: Future projects

In March 2018, Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis announced they were working on a musical comedy set in the 1960s or 70s centred around a struggling musician. Yesterday, starring Himesh Patel, Kate McKinnon, Lily James and Ed Sheeran, is scheduled to be released on June 28, 2019, by Universal Pictures.



Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes 1994 Shallow Grave Yes
1996 Trainspotting Yes No No
1997 Twin Town No executive No
A Life Less Ordinary Yes No No
2000 The Beach Yes No No
2002 28 Days Later Yes No No
2004 Millions Yes No No
2007 Sunshine Yes No No
28 Weeks Later No executive No
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Yes No No
Alien Love Triangle Yes No No Short film
2010 127 Hours Yes Yes Yes
2013 Trance Yes Yes No
2015 Steve Jobs Yes Yes No
2017 T2 Trainspotting Yes Yes No
Battle of the Sexes No Yes No
2019 Yesterday Yes Yes No


Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1987 The Rockingham Shoot No Yes No TV film
1987 Scout Yes No No TV film
1987 The Venus de Milo Instead Yes No No TV film
1989 Elephant No Yes No TV short
1989 Monkeys Yes Yes No TV film
1989 The Nightwatch Yes Yes No TV film
1989–1993 Screenplay Yes No No 3 episodes
1990–1992 Inspector Morse Yes No No 2 episodes
1991 For the Greater Good Yes No No TV film
1993 Mr. Wroe's Virgins Yes No No 3 episodes
2001 Strumpet Yes No No TV film
2001 Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise Yes No No TV film
2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony Yes No Yes
2014 Babylon Yes Yes No Episode: "Pilot"
2017 Alternativity Yes No No play of Banksy
2018 Trust Yes Yes No 3 episodes

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