Roger Michell: Julia Roberts leads tributes to Notting Hill director after death aged 65
Written by Hitmix News on 24 September 2021
Film, TV and theatre director Roger Michell has died, aged 65.
Michell is best known for directing Notting Hill, Venus, and My Cousin Rachel.
“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,” a statement from his publicist said.
He was born in Pretoria, South Africa while his father, a British diplomat, was posted there, and he also spent time in Beirut, Damascus and Prague.
His theatre credits include Nina Raine’s Consent, Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, and Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, with many of his productions playing at the National Theatre.
His films include Enduring Love, Morning Glory, Persuasion, Blackbird, and the forthcoming The Duke starring Dame Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Matthew Goode.
Julia Roberts, who starred in Notting Hill alongside Hugh Grant, paid tribute to Michell.
She shared a photo of the director on Instagram and said: “I loved every minute we spent together. RIP Roger Michell.”
Actors Jason Watkins, Samuel West and Eddie Marsan also shared their memories of Michell.
Watkins, who starred in Michell’s 2014 TV film The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies, tweeted: “My beautiful friend #RogerMichell has gone. How can you leave us now? I’m devastated. My mate and collaborator- I owe him so much.
“A kind strong gentle genius and a magnificent friend. We are all lost without you. Too soon, too soon.”
Theatre actor and director West said: “Numbed by the news of Roger Michell’s untimely death. We worked together on three films (Persuasion, Notting Hill, Hyde Park on Hudson) and a play (Betrayal).
“He was a beautiful man and a consummate director: generous, authoritative, tasteful and so, so kind. I loved him, a lot.”
Writing on Twitter, Marsan said: “So sad to hear that Roger Michell has passed away. He gave me my first big break at the NT (National Theatre) in The Homecoming.
“He was such a kind, supportive and insightful director. Condolences to his family. RIP Roger.”
Numbed by the news of Roger Michell’s untimely death. We worked together on three films (Persuasion, Notting Hill, Hyde Park on Hudson) and a play (Betrayal).
He was a beautiful man and a consummate director: generous, authoritative, tasteful and so, so kind. I loved him, a lot. pic.twitter.com/mfctUbtmaW
— Samuel West (@exitthelemming) September 23, 2021
Michell married Kate Buffery in the 1990s, and the pair were divorced in 2002. That same year, he married Line Of Duty actress Anna Maxwell Martin – with whom he had two daughters.
Martin confirmed to You Magazine last year that she and Mr Martin had separated.
The director won his first BAFTA in 1995, winning best single drama for Persuasion, an adaption of Jane Austen’s life.
In 2015, he won his second BAFTA for TV drama The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies, which told a true-life story of a retired schoolteacher accused of murder.
Mr Jefferies, who was one of Michell’s teachers at school, was innocent.