Danny Boyle, born on 20 October, 1956, in Radcliffe, Bury, Lancashire, is an Oscar and Academy Award-winning Englishdirector and film producer, best known for his work on films such as Trainspotting, Sunshine, and 28 Days Later. In 2009 Boyle won an Oscar and Academy Award for Best Director for Slumdog Millionaire.
He studied at Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton, and at Bangor University. While at university Boyle dated the actress Frances Barber. When he was 14 years old, Boyle applied to transfer from hislocal school to a seminary near Wigan, but was dissuaded from doing so by a priest.
He began his career in the theatre, first with the Joint Stock Theatre Company and then with the Royal Court Theatre, where he was Artistic Director from 1982 until 1985 and Deputy Director between 1985 and 1987. His productions during this period included Howard Barker’s Victory, Howard Brenton’s The Genius and Edward Bond’s Saved, which won the Time Out Award. Boyle also directed five productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
On the 17th June 2010, it was announced that he will be the artistic director for the 2012 Olympic games opening ceremony.