Sam Mendes’ work directing theatre and film spans 25 years. He became the first Artistic Director of the Minerva Theatre in Chichester at 24 years of age, and three years later founded the Donmar Warehouse in London, which he ran for ten years. During that time he directed numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. In 2009 he founded the Bridge Project, a transatlantic classical theatre company. His many theatre awards include: four Olivier Awards, two Tony Awards, four Evening Standard Awards, several Critics’ Choice Awards and the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize. His feature film debut was 1998’s American Beauty, winner of the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture, and he has since directed, among others, The Road To Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road and Skyfall, the most successful film of all time in the UK and one of the most successful of all time worldwide. Spectre is his seventh feature film.
In 2003 he founded Neal Street Productions with Pippa Harris and Caro Newling to produce theatre, film and television.
He is a recipient of a CBE, and the Directors’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.