Charles Sturridge - Chair

Charles Sturridge has worked in the theatre, television and film. He made his film debut as an actor in Lindsay Anderson’s If… (1968).

Early television work included Coronation Street and World in Action, but then in 1981 he directed Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited with Anthony Andrews and Jeremy Irons which won 17 international awards, including 2 Golden Globes and 6 British Academy awards including ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Series’.

His television work includes Soft Targets and A Foreign Field, as well as Gulliver’s Travels, which won 6 US Emmys , including ‘Best Series’ and the Royal Television Society’s ‘Team’ award. He also wrote and directed Longitude, which won the BANFF TV Festival ‘Best Series’ award, two PAWS awards and five BAFTAs (from a record breaking seven nominations). Most recently, Charles was responsible for directing episodes of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, which was nominated for three Primetime Emmys.

In 2000 he formed Firstsight Films with producer Selwyn Roberts. Their first production, Shackleton won the BAFTA for ‘Best Series’ and ‘Best Costume’, and the Radio Times Audience award for ‘Best Drama 2002’. It was also nominated for 7 US Primetime Emmys.

His film work includes Runners, A Handful of Dust, Where Angels Fear to Tread, (both of which he co-wrote), and Fairytale – A True Story, which won the British Academy award for “Best Children’s Film’ 1998. More recently, he wrote and directed Lassie, based on the classic novel by Eric Knight, which won a ‘Golden Tomato’ for its 92% average critical rating. He was a contributor to the Beckett on Film series, directing Ohio Impromptu which won the Best Drama LWT Award.

His theatre work includes directing his own translation (with Tania Alexander) of The Seagull and i, which opened at the Gate Theatre Dublin on Samuel Beckett's 100th birthday and later transferred to the Barbican.

He is married to the actress Phoebe Nicholls and they have three children: Tom, Matilda, Arthur.