Happy birthday to English filmmaker Guy Ritchie, who turns 48 today. Known for his mix of slick action-comedy films, he has grown consistently since his first film in 1998. The British lad is dyslexic – he was expelled from Stanbridge Earls School at the age of 15. He has stated that drug use was the reason for the expulsion, although his father believes it was because Guy was "cutting class and entertaining a girl in his room". What a guy! Ending up with just one GCSE (a qualification in the UK) – in film studies – he was always headed to the film business.

He didn't waste much time to get into films. After he left secondary school, he got entry-level jobs in the film industry in the mid-1990s, eventually directing commercials. Very passionate about film-making, he is usually the calmest person on set. "I don't think I've ever lost my temper on set. That's funny, because I can be a shouter and screamer in other parts of my life, but not in that". Either way, he is not to be messed with. He has a black belt in judo and also a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Married to Jacqui Ainsley since last year, he was married to popstar Madonna for eight years. While the reason may not be clear for the breakup, it could be due to his snoring (when he would often have to sleep in corridors and airing cupboards). Meanwhile, he is working on his latest film to release next year – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Today, on his birthday, let's have a look at his top five films so far:

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
His first film, back in 1998, is what brought him international acclaim. It was also called one of the best British comedy films in a long time by a few critics.


Snatch (2000)
This dapper film only helped him cement his place in the industry. Set in the London criminal underworld, it stars Brad PittAlan FordJason Statham and Benicio Del Toro.


Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Both films, Sherlock Holmes in 2009 followed by its sequel Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows in 2011, were highly praised for the approach to the popular detective franchise. The pair of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law were perfect in their portrayals of the lead characters.


RocknRolla (2008)
Based on the same lines of the London underworld, the debonair film stars Gerard ButlerMark Strong and Tom Hardy among others who were all praised for their 'manly' performances.


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Completely high on style and a good amount of substance too, the film is based on a TV series of the same name. Set in the 60s during the Cold War, it stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in lead roles.


As mentioned earlier, he has directed quite a few commercials too. Check out the one he did for H&M with David Bekcham. Thank me later, ladies.

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