Following a series of successful theatre and television productions, Roger Michell rapidly made his mark as a film director with features including the box office hits « Changing Lanes », starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L Jackson, and « Notting Hill », starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. « Persuasion » was one of the first of the recent popular Jane Austen adaptations. His previous collaboration with writer Hanif Kureishi and producer Kevin Loader was the award-winning BBC mini series « The Buddha of Suburbia ». Michell has also directed the screen adaptation of his award winning West End production of « My night with Reg ». Michell’s stage credits include « Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange » for the National Theatre. Other credits include the feature film « Titanic Town », starring Julie Walters, the television film « Ready When You Are, Mr. Patel » and the mini-series « Downtown Lagos ».