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Christine Langan is Creative Director of BBC Films, the feature filmmaking arm of the BBC.
Earlier in her career, she worked at Granada, producing the first three seasons of the award-winning television show Cold Feet. An expanded roster of projects followed, including the acclaimed telefilm Dirty Filthy Love, starring Michael Sheen for director Adrian Shergold. She again collaborated with Mr. Shergold on her first feature as producer, Pierrepoint. The film, starring Timothy Spall, brought her a nomination for BAFTA’S Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer. For producing the telefilm The Deal, starring Mr. Sheen and David Morrissey, Ms. Langan shared the BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama with director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Peter Morgan.
She reteamed with the latter filmmakers on The Queen, for which she was an Academy Award nominee in her capacity as producer of the Best Picture contender. The critical and box office hit won awards around the world, including the Oscar for Best Actress (Helen Mirren); Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress and Best Screenplay; and BAFTA Awards for Best Actress and Best Film, the latter encompassing Ms. Langan’s second BAFTA Award.
In September 2006, she segued to become Executive Producer at BBC Films. In October 2007, she was appointed Commissioning Editor. In April 2009 she became Creative Director of the division, overseeing commissioning, development, and production of the whole slate.
Over the past few years, BBC Films’ successes have included Saul Dibb’s The Duchess, which was 2008’s highest-grossing independent feature at the U.K. box office; Lone Scherfig’s An Education, for which Carey Mulligan won the Best Actress BAFTA Award; Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, winner of the Prix du Jury award at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival,; Tom Hooper’s The Damned United; Mark Herman’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas; John Crowley’s Is Anybody There?, starring Michael Caine; Jane Campion’s Bright Star; Armando Iannucci’s award-winning In The Loop; and Britain’s first-ever 3-D movie, the sleeper box office hit StreetDance, directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini.
BBC Films’ current slate of films includes Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe, also made with Ruby Films; Nigel Cole’s Made in Dagenham; Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock; Andy DeEmmoy’s West Is West; and a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes.