Director of plays, opera and film including Mamma Mia! on stage and screen (BA, English, 1979; DLitt, Honorary Degree, 2009)
A leading British director and an English graduate from the University of Birmingham, Phyllida Lloyd directed the UK’s highest ever grossing film, Mamma Mia, transforming her stage version, seen by a global audience of more than 45 million, to the silver screen. Phyllida spent five years working in BBC television drama after graduation before winning a bursary from the Arts Council of Great Britain to be a Trainee Director at the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich and a flourishing directing career followed, including staging the English National Opera’s production of Wagner’s Valkyrie at Glastonbury music festival. Awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours for services to drama, Phyllida is currently directing The Iron Lady, a biopic of Margaret Thatcher and is also a supporter of the University’s new auditorium build.