Stephen Frears

Stephen Frears


Stephen Arthur Frears (born 20 June 1941) is an English film and television director. Frears has directed numerous films since the 1980s including My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity, The Queen, Philomena, and Florence Foster Jenkins. He has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Director: for The Grifters and The Queen. In 2008 The Daily Telegraph named him among the 100 most influential people in British culture.


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Event 20: A Very English Scandal

Alexander McKenzie Stage

Acclaimed director Stephen Frears and author John Preston talk about one of the biggest scandals of the century in the trial of liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe. John Preston’s book A Very English Scandal has been adapted for screen and filmed by Stephen Frears for a BBC drama series starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw.