Sam Taylor-Johnson is an English filmmaker, photographer, and artist who is best known for directing the 2009 film adaptation of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey. She was born in London, England on March 4, 1967. She began her career as an artist and was a part of the Young British Artists group.
Taylor-Johnson began her career in film in 1997 with the short film “Death of a Disciple”. Her first feature length film, Nowhere Boy, was released in 2009 and was based on the early life of the Beatles’ John Lennon. This film earned her the 2010 BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer.
In 2011, Taylor-Johnson directed the highly successful adaptation of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey. This film was one of the highest grossing films of 2015 and made Taylor-Johnson the first female director to earn more than $500 million at the worldwide box office.
In 2015, Taylor-Johnson directed the film adaptation of the novel A Million Little Pieces. This film was met with mixed reviews and was a moderate box office success. She also directed the film adaptation of the novel The Wall in 2017.
In 2020, Taylor-Johnson directed the short film “The Devil Within” which was released on Amazon Prime. She also directed the Amazon Original Series “Tales from the Loop” which received critical acclaim.
Throughout her career, Taylor-Johnson has been recognized for her work. In 2010, she was awarded the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer and in 2012 she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Director. In 2016, she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Taylor-Johnson is an accomplished filmmaker, photographer, and artist. She has directed a number of successful films including Nowhere Boy, Fifty Shades of Grey, A Million Little Pieces, and The Wall. She has been recognized for her work with several awards, including the BAFTA Award and the Order of the British Empire. Taylor-Johnson continues to make an impact in the film industry and is an inspiration to all aspiring filmmakers.