For all his youthful artistic endeavours (making a short film aged thirteen; writing his first professional short film aged 16), Tom Hooper’s early life was hardly bohemian. Westminster, gap year, Univ.
Hooper read English in the 90s, during which time he was a big player in OUDS, directing Kate Beckinsale in a production of A View From the Bridge and Emily Mortimer in The Trial. Upon leaving Oxford, he began directing adverts and television shows (even a couple of episodes of Byker Grove) before breaking into the film industry. Having won a handful of Oscars for The Kings Speech, lets hope Les Misérables lives up to its predecessor.