Samuel Alexander Mendes better known as Sam Mendes is a film director, producer and stage play director from England who has been known for his direction in movies like American Beauty, Skyfall, Spectre, Jarhead, etc.He was born in Reading, Berkshire, England on 1st August 1965. His grandfather was Alfred Mendes, a Trinidadian novelist and his parents were Jameson Peter Mendes and Valerie Helmes Mendes a literature professor and a successful fiction author respectively. His family's influence was apparent early on and he developed an affection for reading and writing.
His parents divorced in 1970 when he was just Five.He was brought up in Oxfordshire and studied in Magdalen College school and completed his graduation from Peterhouse Cambridge with a first in English. After completing his graduation, he started working at the Chichester Theater located in London while working there, he was asked to direct a comedy stage play, and the show was hit this provided him with new job offers.
He then Directed the famous stage play ‘The Cherry Orchard’ for which he won The Critics’ Circle Award for the best newcomer after this he was hired as the director at Royal Shakespeare Company where his productions featured stars like Simon Russell Beale after some time he was hired as a director in Royal National Theater.After this, in the late 1990s he was appointed as artistic director at the Donmar Warehouse where he worked for almost ten years and his productions like Assasins, The glass menagerie earn huge name .He started directing Silver screens in 1998.
His first movie as a director ‘The American Beauty’ was released in 1999 by DreamWorks starring
Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey.This movie earned phenomenal success and gathered attention and it also won many prestigious awards. He was awarded Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award for the best director after this he directed and produced a lot of successful movies like Road to Perdition, Jarhead,
Revolutionary Road, Skyfall, Spectre, etc He married to
Kate Winslet in May 2003 and also had a baby boy on same year 22 December Joe Mendes.
He also had a stepdaughter Mia from Kate’s first marriage The couple divorced in 2010 after the divorce he dated
Rebecca Hall for around five years. Recently on 26 Jan 2017, he married Alison Balsom.He has won many awards for his direction in various films which include Oscars, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Directors Guild of America Award, Jupiter Award and Empire Award