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Joe Wright won a BAFTA Award for his work on the miniseries Charles II: The Power & The Passion (which aired in the U.S. as The Last King), which was his most recent directorial project. The miniseries, which starred Rufus Sewell, won two additional BAFTA Awards, and was nominated for three more.
His prior credits as director include another highly acclaimed miniseries, the epic drama Nature Boy (for which he was a BAFTA Award nominee), starring Lee Ingleby; the miniseries Bodily Harm, starring Timothy Spall; and the telefilm Bob & Rose (which won several international awards).
Mr. Wright has also directed two short films, The End (written by Kathy Burke, and aired on the U.K.'s Channel 4) and Crocodile Snap (starring Claire Rushbrook, and aired on the BBC). The latter was a BAFTA Award nominee.
He directed his first short film, Whatever Happened to Walthamstow Marshes, back in 1991, while enrolled at the Camberwell School of Arts. From 1991 to 1994, he studied Fine Art, Film and Video at St. Martin's.
In 1993, Mr. Wright was awarded a Fuji Film Scholarship to make The Middle Ground. As part of the development process, he spent six weeks teaching drama at Islington Green School, where the short was cast and subsequently filmed.