Oliver Parker

Oliver Parker

Highest Rated: 85% An Ideal Husband (1999)

Lowest Rated: 8% Payback Season (2012)

Birthday: Sep 6, 1960

Birthplace: London, England, UK

Born to English aristocracy (railroad executive Sir Peter Parker and writer Lady Gillian), director-screenwriter Oliver Parker transitioned from minor acting roles in films like "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2" and "Nuns on the Run" to a prolific career as a BAFTA Award-nominated filmmaker, acclaimed for his lush onscreen adaptations of British literary classics. The London theater vet first gained major notice in the U.K. with a recurring role on the long-running BBC medical drama "Casualty," though he achieved breakthrough success in movies with his feature directing debut, "Othello" (1995). The Shakespeare adaptation starred Laurence Fishburne as the Moor of Venice and Kenneth Branagh as the villainous Iago, a role Parker himself performed on stage early in his career. Critics praised Parker's sexually charged vision of the Bard's legendary tragedy, hailing the arrival of a bold new cinematic talent. He further solidified his reputation as a daring interpreter of canonized literature by writing and directing three films based on work by Oscar Wilde: BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated "An Ideal Husband" (1999) and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (2002), both starring Rupert Everett; and "Dorian Gray" (2009), featuring Ben Barnes as Wilde's diabolically vain hero. A producer and director of Ealing Studios' series of "St. Trinian's" girls' school comedies, Parker also took the helm of another U.K.-based film franchise, directing "Johnny English Reborn," the follow-up to comedian Rowan Atkinson's spy-spoof hit "Johnny English."

Highest rated movies

An Ideal Husband




54% 58% Swimming With Men Director $19.6K 2018
31% 36% Dad's Army Director - 2016
No Score Yet 98% Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II Unknown (Character) - 2015
56% 95% Common People Film Editing - 2013
22% 29% Truth or Die Film Editing - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Riot From Wrong Film Editing - 2012
8% 12% Payback Season Film Editing - 2012
38% 45% Johnny English Reborn Director $8.3M 2011
14% 45% St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Director - 2009
44% 39% Dorian Gray Director - 2009
31% 55% St. Trinian's Director - 2007
No Score Yet 22% I Really Hate My Job Director - 2007
29% 33% Fade to Black Director - 2006
57% 72% The Importance of Being Earnest Director,
$8.4M 2002
85% 69% An Ideal Husband Bunbury (Character),
$18.5M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shepherd on the Rock Simon McIntyre (Character) - 1996
68% 64% Othello Director $2.2M 1995
48% 60% Nightbreed Peloquin (Character) $8.9M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Escapers Director - 0000