Anand Tucker is a London-based film director and producer. On June 24, 1963, he was born. He began his career directing commercials and factual television programming. He is a co-owner of the Archer Street production firm. He was supposed to film Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, but
took over in May 2006. Anand Tucker was born in Bangkok to an Indian father and a German mother and grew up in Hong Kong before moving to England at 18. He was accepted into the B.B.C.'s Production Trainee Program after graduating from London's Harrow Film School. Before joining the Oxford Films and Television Company in 1992, he made his directorial debut with The Late Show's smash series. His T.V. documentary about Anne Rice's life, The Vampire's Life (1993), earned a BAFTA TV Award for Best Arts Programme.
Football Crazy, a T.V. documentary about an amateur London soccer squad, Came Next (1994). Saint-Ex (1996), based on the biography of author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was his debut drama. Tucker's next endeavor was a huge success. Hilary and Jackie (1998), starring
and Rachel Griffiths, garnered a slew of awards, including a Best Director British Independent Film Award for Tucker, five BAFTA nominations, and Oscar nominations for both actresses. Having attracted the attention of Hollywood, Tucker traveled to Los Angeles to helm Shopgirl (2005), written and starring . Tucker was nominated for a British Independent Film Award as Best Director for his next film, And When Did You Last See Your Father? Starring Colin Firth and . His most recent film, shot in Ireland, is the romantic comedy
, starring American actress
and British actor