Director of such acclaimed films as Dangerous Liaisons, The Queen, and High Fidelity. He received an Academy Award nomination for his 1990 film The Grifters.
He studied law at Trinity College, Cambridge.
He helped make actor Daniel Day-Lewis' career by casting him in a leading role in the 1985 film My Beautiful Laundrette.
His marriage to Anne Rothenstein produced two children.
His film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, depicted the events after the death of Princess Diana.