Tom Hooper is a British film and television director. He began making short films as a teenager, and had his first professional short, Painted Faces, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1992. After graduating, he directed episodes ofQuayside, Byker Grove, EastEnders and Cold Feet.
In the 2000s, Hooper directed the major BBC costume dramas Love in a Cold Climate (2001) and Daniel Deronda (2002), and was selected to helm the 2003 revival of ITV's Prime Suspect series. He made his feature film debut with Red Dust (2004), and later directed a historical drama Elizabeth I (2005). He continued working for HBO on the television film Longford (2006) and in John Adams (2008). Hooper returned to features with The Damned United (2009). The following year he directed The King's Speech (2010) and Les Misérables (2012), which received much critical acclaim Hooperwas nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for Prime Suspect and John Adams, won one for Elizabeth I, and was nominated for the British Academy (BAFTA) TV Craft Award for Best Director for Longford. The King's Speechwon multiple awards, including Best Director wins for Hooper from the Directors Guild of America and the Academy Awards, and a Best Director nomination from BAFTA.