Daniel "Danny" Boyle (born 20 October 1956) is an English film director and producer, best known for his work on films such as Slumdog Millionaire, Shallow Grave, 127 Hours, 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Trainspotting. Boyle won numerous awards for his 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, including the Academy Award for Best Director.
Danny Boyle has eclectic tastes, from Shakespeare to Bollywood to zombies. While not every one of the director's favorites made its way into his inventive Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Danny Boyle has apologised after top-secret details from his upcoming London Olympics spectacular leaked.
"Beijing is something that, in a way, was great to follow," Boyle said. "You can't get bigger than Beijing, you know? So that, in a way, kind of liberated us. We thought, 'Great, OK, good, we'll try and do something different.'"
As expected, Danny Boyle’s Olympics Opening Ceremony was a big ratings hit for the BBC last night, handily outperforming any other Games curtain-raiser in recent memory. The program captured an average 22.4M viewers and an 82.5% audience share.
Boyle passed his 11 plus, went to a grammar school and then to university, "not a very good university. Had a great time, did drama and English, got into acting and discovered directing." He got a job driving a truck for a theatre company in London and worked his way up.
Boyle grew up in Radcliffe, a small town between Bury and Bolton the oldest in the family. "I'm a twin and I'm the elder twin. That was my sister on the phone earlier when I was walking in. And I have a younger sister as well." He had, he says, a "fantastic upbringing" in a traditional family set-up. "It was pretty patriarchal. You're the boy who's allowed to do anything really, whilst the girls have to get sensible jobs. My dad was a labourer, my mum had exactly the same job as Noel Gallagher's mum, actually. She was a dinner lady at our local school. Everyone comes over from Ireland and they get the same jobs."
At the age of 14, Boyle began to make arrangements to attend a seminary, before a priest warned him against it. "Whether he was saving me from the priesthood or saving the priesthood from me, I don't know. But quite soon after, I started doing drama," Boyle told The Telegraph
Boyle, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of Slumdog Millionaire, is directing the £27-million ($42-million) ceremony featuring a cast and crew of 10 000. Brock-Doyle said a three to four minute sequence featuring stunt bikes has been deleted from the show. The riders will still be paid and credited.
The Oscar-winning director will tonight lay his singular personal vision of Britain, titled The Isles of Wonder, before a global audience of several hundred million people as the London Games formally begin.
Danny Boyle has said that he is excited on behalf of the 10,000 volunteers who will bring his vision to life in the Olympic Opening Ceremony.