Before becoming a film director and screenwriter, Oliver Parker worked extensively as an actor and theatre director.
His first feature came with own adaptation of Othello starring Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh. This was followed by adaptations of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, starring Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore and Jeremy Northam (the film was nominated for two Golden Globes and three BAFTAs) and The Importance of Being Earnest starring Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett and Colin Firth.
In 2006 he directed his screenplay Fade to Black starring Danny Huston and Christopher Walken, followed by I Really Hate My Job starring Neve Campbell, Shirley Henderson and Anna Maxwell Martin. With Barnaby Thompson he co-produced and co-directed the two St Trinians films starring Rupert Everett, either side of directing Dorian Gray starring Colin Firth, Ben Barnes and Rebecca Hall.
In 2011 he directed Johnny English Reborn, written by Hamish McColl and starring Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike and Gillian Anderson. Next he directed the feature film of Dad’s Army, starring Toby Jones, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy and Catherine Zeta Jones.
His most recent film is Swimming With Men with Rob Brydon, Jane Horrocks and Jim Carter.
His television work includes The Private Life of Samuel Pepys, by Guy Jenkin and starring Steve Coogan, and Billingsgate Alfie by Tony Grounds, starring Jim Broadbent.