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Born Aug. 25, 1972, in London to creative parents who founded a puppet theater, Joe Wright earned low marks in school because of dyslexia. But his learning disability was less of a barrier in the arts, where he explored interests in painting and acting. He began making short films with a Super-8 camera and eventually enrolled at the Camberwell College of Arts, studying fine art and cinema.

After earning a BAFTA nod for the short film "Crocodile Snap," Wright was awarded a filmmaking scholarship with the BBC. He went on to direct several television projects before making his feature-film debut with the critically acclaimed period piece Pride & Prejudice (2005).

Wright earned kudos again for his adaptation of Ian McEwan's sweeping epic, Atonement (2007). The film won an Oscar for its original score, and Wright received BAFTA and Golden Globe nods for Best Director.

Joe Wright in The Soloist

The Soloist

2009 PG-13

This true-life drama tells the poignant tale of Los Angeles newspaper reporter Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.), who discovers brilliant street musician Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), and the unique friendship that transforms both their lives.

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  • Joe Wright in Anna Karenina Anna Karenina
  • Joe Wright in Pride & Prejudice Pride & Prejudice
  • Joe Wright in Atonement Atonement