Tom Hooper

Thomas George "Tom" Hooper (born 1972) is a British film and television director of English and Australian background. Hooper began making short films at the age of 13, and had his first professional short, Painted Faces, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1992. At Oxford University Hooper directed plays and television commercials. After graduating, he directed episodes of Quayside, Byker Grove, EastEnders and Cold Feet. Into the 2000s, Hooper directed the major BBC costume dramas Love in a Cold Climate (2001) and Daniel Deronda (2002), and was selected to helm the 2003 revival of ITV's Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirren. Hooper made his feature film debut with Red Dust (2004), a South African drama starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, before directing Helen Mirren again in the Company Pictures/HBO Films historical drama Elizabeth I (2005). He continued working for HBO on the television film Longford (2006) and in John Adams (2007), a seven-part serial on the life of the American president. Hooper returned to features with The Damned United (2009), a fact-based film about the English football manager Brian Clough (played by Michael Sheen). The following year saw the release of the historical drama The King's Speech (2010), starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, which was met with critical acclaim. Hooper's work was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for Prime Suspect and John Adams, won one for Elizabeth I, and was nominated for the British ...

Les Misérables (2012)

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An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Russell Crowe  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Amanda Seyfried

An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Russell Crowe  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Amanda Seyfried

King George VI: The Man Behind the King's Speech (2011)

This documentary tells the story of the man who overcame his own failings for the sake of his nation. When his older brother, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, nervous-mannered successor George "Bertie" VI was plagued with shyness and a ...  (more)

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CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Tom Hooper  •  Tim Ewart  •  Mark Logue

This documentary tells the story of the man who overcame his own failings for the sake of his nation. When his older brother, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, nervous-mannered successor George "Bertie" VI was plagued with shyness and a ...  (more)

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CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Tom Hooper  •  Tim Ewart  •  Mark Logue

The King's Speech (2010)

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The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Guy Pearce

The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Guy Pearce

The Danish Girl (2015)

When Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to fill in as a portrait model, Einar discovers the person she's meant to be and begins living her life as Lili Elbe. Having realized her true self and with Gerda's love and support, Lili embarks on a groundbreaking journey ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Eddie Redmayne  •  Alicia Vikander  •  Amber Heard  •  Matthias Schoenaerts

When Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to fill in as a portrait model, Einar discovers the person she's meant to be and begins living her life as Lili Elbe. Having realized her true self and with Gerda's love and support, Lili embarks on a groundbreaking journey ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Eddie Redmayne  •  Alicia Vikander  •  Amber Heard  •  Matthias Schoenaerts

The Damned United (2009)

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Taking over Leeds United, Brian Clough's abrasive approach and his clear dislike of the players' dirty style of play make it certain there is going to be friction. Glimpses of his earlier career help explain both his hostility to previous manager Don Revie and how ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Michael Sheen  •  Colm Meaney  •  Timothy Spall  •  Jim Broadbent

Taking over Leeds United, Brian Clough's abrasive approach and his clear dislike of the players' dirty style of play make it certain there is going to be friction. Glimpses of his earlier career help explain both his hostility to previous manager Don Revie and how ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Michael Sheen  •  Colm Meaney  •  Timothy Spall  •  Jim Broadbent

Red Dust (2004)

Sarah Barcant, a lawyer in New York City who grew up in South Africa, returns to her childhood dwelling place to intercede for Alex Mpondo, a Black South African politician who was tortured during apartheid.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Hilary Swank  •  Jamie Bartlett  •  Ian Roberts

Sarah Barcant, a lawyer in New York City who grew up in South Africa, returns to her childhood dwelling place to intercede for Alex Mpondo, a Black South African politician who was tortured during apartheid.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Hilary Swank  •  Jamie Bartlett  •  Ian Roberts

Cats (2019)

A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Francesca Hayward  •  James Corden  •  Judi Dench  •  Jason Derulo

A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Francesca Hayward  •  James Corden  •  Judi Dench  •  Jason Derulo

Longford (2006)

A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Jim Broadbent  •  Lindsay Duncan  •  Samantha Morton  •  Andy Serkis

A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Jim Broadbent  •  Lindsay Duncan  •  Samantha Morton  •  Andy Serkis

Les Misérables: The History of the World's Greatest Story (2013)

From Victor Hugo`s classic French novel of the nineteenth century to Tom Hooper`s award winning blockbuster, Les Misérables has undergone one of the most successful transitions from book to stage to screen. In this new documentary, the scintillating journey of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Byron
CAST:  Lea Salonga  •  Cameron Mackintosh  •  Alfie Boe  •  Frances Ruffelle

From Victor Hugo`s classic French novel of the nineteenth century to Tom Hooper`s award winning blockbuster, Les Misérables has undergone one of the most successful transitions from book to stage to screen. In this new documentary, the scintillating journey of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Byron
CAST:  Lea Salonga  •  Cameron Mackintosh  •  Alfie Boe  •  Frances Ruffelle