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      Sam Taylor-Johnson

      Sam Taylor-Johnson

      Highest Rated: 100% Half the Picture (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Destricted (2006)

      Birthday: Mar 4, 1967

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      A successful visual artist renowned for being a member of the in-crowd, Sam Taylor-Wood made a mid-career turn into filmmaking, becoming a darkhorse darling of the U.K. indie film scene in the late 2000s. The product of a counter-cultural upbringing, Taylor-Wood came to the fore as a member of the insular fraternity of artists who came to be known as the Young British Artists, or Britart. Making a name for herself with conceptual artwork exploring stark isolation; combining still photos, video and sound; and working with celebrities such as Robert Downey, Jr., Elton John and David Beckham, she earned accolades through the 1990s and 2000s, before essaying into film directing. She won plaudits for her feature-directing debut with the indie film "Nowhere Boy" (2009), a somber family drama about an adolescent John Lennon, and stirred up a minor buzz when Taylor-Wood, at 42, left her husband after beginning a relationship with the film's teenage star. Fueled by the travail of troubled upbringing, Taylor-Wood rode her unique renderings of internal turmoil, even amid lavish settings, to the height of English hipster couture.

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      FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, from left: director Sam Taylor-Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, on set, 2015. ph: Chuck Zlotnick/© Focus Features FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, from left: Dakota Johnson, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, Jamie Dornan, on set, 2015. ph: Chuck Zlotnick/© Focus Features FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, on set, 2015. ph: Chuck Zlotnick/© Focus Features NOWHERE BOY, Thomas Sangster (left of center), Aaron Johnson (right of center), director Sam Taylor Wood (second from right), on set, 2009. ph: Liam Daniel/©Weinstein Company NOWHERE BOY, director Sam Taylor Wood, on set, 2009. ph: Liam Daniel/©Weinstein Company Sam Taylor-Wood, Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the press room for 2014 MTV Movie Awards - Press Room, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA April 13, 2014. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection Sam Taylor-Wood, Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the press room for 2014 MTV Movie Awards - Press Room, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA April 13, 2014. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Back to Black Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      - 2024
      27% 51% A Million Little Pieces Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2018
      100% 67% Half the Picture Self $21.6K 2018
      27% 37% Crazy About Tiffany's Self - 2016
      25% 41% Fifty Shades of Grey Director $166.1M 2015
      80% 74% Nowhere Boy Director $1.4M 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love You More Director,
      Producer
      - 2008
      17% 25% Destricted Director - 2006

      TV

      Credit
      44% 73% Solos Executive Producer,
      Director
      2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 20% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019