‘Notting Hill’ director Roger Michell dead at 65

Roger Michell attends the Telluride Film Festival on September 04, 2021 in Telluride, Colorado
Roger Michell attends the Telluride Film Festival on September 04, 2021 in Telluride, Colorado Vivien Killilea/Getty Images
  • Director Roger Michell, whose films include “Notting Hill” and “My Cousin Rachel,” has died.
  • His death was announced by his publicist.
  • A cause of death is not publicly known.
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Director Roger Michell, whose films include “Notting Hill” and “My Cousin Rachel,” has died, aged 65, his publicist told PA news agency.

“It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65 on 22 September,” his publicist say, according to The Independent, citing PA.

A cause of death is not publicly known.

The South African-born director was known for his work in movies, TV, and theatre.

He began his career in the late 1970s at the esteemed Royal Court Theatre and followed that in the mid 1980s as the resident director at the Royal Shakespeare Company for six years.

His first on-screen directing credit was the 1995 made-for-TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” for the BBC. It found great acclaim and won a BAFTA.

Hollywood came calling with 1999’s “Notting Hill.” The rom-com starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts went on to become a box office hit.

His other credits include “Changing Lanes,” starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson; “Venus,” which earned Peter O’Toole an Oscar nomination; “Morning Glory” starring Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, and Diane Keaton; and “My Cousin Rachel” starring Rachel Weisz.