Imagine Me & You
Ol Parker is British writer and director. He began writing for television such as episodes of “Grange Hill” (1994-1996) and the TV films “Loved Up” (1995) and “In Your Dreams” (1997) before branching out to film with “It Was an Accident” (2000). He made his directing debut in the British film “Imagine Me & You” (2005), which he also scripted.
Parker is married to actress Thandie Newton and has two daughters.
Childhood and Family:
Ol Parker was born Oliver Parker in 1969, in London, England. He attended Cambridge.
On July 11, 1998, Ol married actress Thandie Newton, whom he met while working on a BBC film. They welcomed their first child, daughter Ripley, on September 17, 2000. Their second daughter, Nico, was born in December 2004.
Now Is Good
Ol Parker began his writing career on television in 1994 when he wrote for the British television drama series “Grange Hill.” He remained with the show until 1996. In 1995, Parker wrote the BBC television film “Loved Up,” starring Lena Headey, Ian Hart and Linda Bassett. The film won a BAFTA TV for Best Sound.
Parker penned the BBC television drama movie “In Your Dreams” (1997), starring his futurw wife Thandie Newton and was directed by Simon Cellan Jones. Three years later, he made his film debut with “It Was an Accident” (2000), on which he also served as an associate producer. The comedy was directed by Metin Hüseyin and starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Max Beesley and James Bolam.
Parker returned to the big screen in 2005 when he scripted “Imagine Me & You,” which also marked his feature directing debut. Starring Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie and Anthony Head, the comedy/romance film grossed $ 672,243 in the US and over $2,635,305 worldwide. It was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
Parker has signed on to direct the film adaptation of Jenny Downham's book, “Now Is Good,” which he also wrote. The film will star Dakota Fanning, Olivia Williams and Kaya Scodelario and is set to be released in 2012. Parker also wrote the film adaptation of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2011).