Marks & Spencer “Mrs. Claus”

Tom Hooper

Born in London, Tom Hooper has been making films since the age of thirteen, beginning with The Runaway Dog starring his mother and the family pet. While attending Oxford University, Hooper directed plays, including A View From the Bridge starring contemporaries Kate Beckinsale and Emily Mortimer.

In 1999 Hooper directed two episodes of the BAFTA-nominated ITV drama Cold Feet. Hooper was immediately offered the opportunity to direct the sixth installment and revival of Prime Suspect – The Last Witness starring Helen Mirren, for which Hooper received his first Emmy nomination. Hooper and Mirren teamed up once more for the 2005 historical HBO miniseries Elizabeth. The miniseries won three Golden Globes and nine Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, and Best Actress for Mirren.

Hooper began his first collaboration with Academy Award nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan in 2005 with Longford, a drama charting Lord Longford’s attempts to secure the release of convicted serial killer Myra Hindley. Longford won Golden Globes for Jim Broadbent, Samantha Morton, and for Best TV Film.

In 2008, Hooper’s HBO mini series, John Adams, swept the Golden Globes and won thirteen Emmys, the most ever awarded to a single program. Based on the best selling Pulitzer Prize winning biography by David McCullough, John Adams tells the story of the American Revolution through the eyes of the second President.

Tom Hooper’s film The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as King George VI, won four Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture. The film is Hooper’s second major theatrical feature and stormed the 2011 awards season, earning numerous Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards and garnering Hooper the Best Director honor at the DGA Awards.

He followed his accolades’ success with the widely popular To Life, Love, and Loot campaign for Captain Morgan with Anomaly. He soon took a break from advertising to direct the epic Les Misérables, which was recognized during the 2013 awards season, again nominated for a slew of honors, including multiple Academy Award recognitions.

Getting back into the ad world, Hooper followed up with a film for Jaguar titled Rendezvous with Spark44, featuring classic British villains played by Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong. The spot premiered during the 2014 Super Bowl to great acclaim. Hooper turned his focus back to the feature world, working on The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, which was nominated in several Academy Award categories. 

In 2016, Hooper directed Mrs. Claus for Marks & Spencer, which was shortlisted for four Cannes Lions. He subsequently directed an endearing spot for Samsung, titled Little Suzie, about a young girl infatuated with space travel. In 2018, Hooper directed Break the Mold for American Express, starring award-winning playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

In 2019, Hooper will premiere his forthcoming musical feature, Cats. Whether it is film, TV or commercials; Hooper continues to strike gold with every project he directs. His mastery of the craft is pervasive in all facets of his work.