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Danny Boyle
Also known as: Danny, Boyle
Director • Producer • Screenplay • Writer
Born: October 20, 1956 in U.K
Known for films like Trainspotting (1996), Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Steve Jobs (2015), Danny Boyle is an English film, TV and theater director, screenwriter, and producer. For his 2008 movie Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle garnered global recognition and went on to win the Oscar, Golden Globe, Director's Guild, and BAFTA for Best Director.

Early Life
Born in Manchester, England, to Irish immigrants, Boyle wanted to be a part of Hollywood from a very young age. For his graduation, he went to the University of Wales, but quit mid-way, to pursue his lifelong dream of making it big, in the world of entertainment. He started his career with reputed theater companies like the Joint Stock Theatre Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Royal Court Theatre.

Personal Life
Danny Boyle, who has confessed to being a spiritual atheist, had priesthood planned for him by his mother, but he soon started doing theater, which changed his life completely. Although he still thinks, there is something extremely theatrical about being a priest and often compares his destiny to celebrated directors like Martin Scorsese, John Woo, and M. Night Shyamalan, who were all meant to devote themselves to the services of the church.

Boyle, in 2002, separated with his partner of 20 years, Gail Stevens, due to irreconcilable reasons. The couple has three children- Caitlin Boyle, born in 1985, Gabriel Boyle, born in 1989 and Grace Boyle, born 1991. In 2013, a romance brewed on the sets of the psychological thriller Trance between Danny Boyle, the director of the film, and Rosario Dawson, the lead actress. The couple was reluctant to make their relationship public, but, eventually started appearing together in various award functions, confirming the rumors of an affair. However, after just one year of being together, the couple, mutually parted ways. Dawson, on various occasions, has expressed her fondness for the director, maintaining that there are no hard feeling on either side.

Movie Career
As a Director
Boyle made his directorial debut with the dark comedy Shallow Grave, which follows the story of three flatmates, who discover the dead body of their fourth flatmate, alongside a bag full of money. Starring Ewan McGregor, Kerry Fox, and Christopher Eccleston, the movie was very well received, both critically and commercially, earning Boyle the Best Newcomer Award in the London Film Critics Circle, in 1996. This successful project led to Boyle international claim to fame- Trainspotting (1996). A movie based on the novel of the same name, Trainspotting received worldwide critical acclaim, with The New York describing it as “perversely irresistible” and its characters as “funny, sharp, well-played and fiercely memorable.” Starring Ewan McGregor, the movie, at the time of its release was the fourth highest grossing in the history of British cinema.

In 2000, Boyle directed Leonardo Di Caprio in the adventure drama film The Beach. Adapted from the novel of the same name, the movie chronicles the story of a young man, who travel to the islands of Thailand, in search of adventure. In spite of earning profits at the box office, the movie was panned by the critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a rating of 19%, based on 116 reviews. He subsequently directed 28 Days Later (2002), a horror film, Millions (2004), a comedy-drama, and Sunshine (2007), a thriller.

Danny Boyle then helmed the international blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire, which is also widely regarded as his most critically acclaimed work. Loosely based on the novel Q & A, by Indian writer Vikram Swarup, the movie follows the rags-to-riches tale of a slum dweller, who wins 20 million, on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Starring Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan in important roles, the movie received rave reviews, with Boyle taking home Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Director. In the coming years, he made movies like Alien Love Triangle (2008), 127 Hours (2010), and Trance (2013). Following this, Boyle directed Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet in the biographical drama film Steve Jobs, based on the life of the co-founder of Apple Inc., who is globally referred to as the architect of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s. Featuring Fassbender in the titular role, the movie opened to positive reviews and was declared a box office hit.

Boyle's 2017 release includes the sequel to his 1996 film, Trainspotting. A black comedy drama, T2 Trainspotting includes the original ensemble cast, including Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle in the lead roles.

As a Producer
As a producer, Boyle has been associated with films like Twin Town (1997), 28 Weeks Later (2007), 127 Hours (2010), Trance (2013), Steve Jobs (2015), T2: Trainspotting (2017), and Battle of the Sexes (2017).
Peers & More
Robert Zemeckis
Director, Writer
Richard Linklater
David Fincher
Kenneth Branagh
Gail Stevens
Gabriel Boyle
Grace Boyle
Caitlin Boyle
Annie Boyle
Frank Boyle
Bernadette Boyle
Maria Boyle
Popular Movies
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Battle of the Sexes
Bond 25
T2: Trainspotting 2
Steve Jobs
Frankenstein - Part 2 (Miller As Creature)
Frankenstein - Part 1 (Cumberbatch as Creature)
127 Hours
Slumdog Millionaire
Naanum Kodeeswaran

Did You Know? (2)

  • Danny Boyle was the artistic director of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
  • In 2002, Carlyle turned down a major role in Danny Boyle’s post-apocalyptic horror thriller 28 Days Later. However, he went on to appear in a pivotal role in the sequel 28 Weeks Later (2007).
  • Personal Quotes (9)

  • "“That's what's wonderful about actors sometimes, is that's who we watch on the screen... Some of us are interested in directors, but really the vast majority of us are interested in actors. You experience the films through the actors, so they're all locked into your imagination in some kind of layer of fantasy or hatred or wherever they settle into your imagination. They make much better fodder for this kind of thing [interviews] than a director.”"
  • "The extraordinary thing about India is that it's such a family place. It's full of families everywhere."
  • "It's not so much what you learn about Mumbai, it's what you learn about yourself, really. It's a funny old hippie thing, but it's true as well. You find out a lot about yourself and your tolerance, and about your inclusiveness."
  • "To be a film-maker, you have to lead. You have to be psychotic in your desire to do something. People always like the easy route. You have to push very hard to get something unusual, something different."
  • "Actors are steeped in a world of agents and where the next job is coming from and what are their expenses and what is the hotel like. You want to take them out of that world and dump them into another world, so that when you meet them on the screen they don't seem like the guy who was in two others movies that year."
  • "Both of my sisters have been teachers and they used to say you get asked between 300 and 600 questions every day which you have to answer. That's exactly what directing is. And the vast majority of those questions are not very interesting really, but they need somebody to make a decision - a good one or a bad one - and they follow it."
  • "I find that people find a way out of misery through humor and it's humor that's often unacceptable to people who are not in quite such a state of misery."
  • "That survival instinct, that will to live, that need to get back to life again, is more powerful than any consideration of taste, decency, politeness, manners, civility. Anything. It's such a powerful force."
  • "I'm a big sports fan. Football. Cricket."
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