Born in Cornwall but raised in London, Nigel Cole began his career in fringe theatre before moving into television and commercials. He directed the final two episodes of the first series of the award-winning comedy series Cold Feet, as well as documentaries for the In the Wild series, which took actors including Julia Roberts and Robin Williams to experience life in remote parts of the world.
He made his feature film debut with Saving Grace, which enjoyed an enthusiastic world premiere at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Audience Award. Brenda Blethyn, its star, was nominated for a Golden Globe award after its successful US release.
His second film Calendar Girls won best film at the 2003 British Comedy Awards and a Golden Globe nomination for Helen Mirren. It went on to be one of the most popular British films of all time, staying at number one in Britain for four weeks.
After two American films, A Lot Like Love and $5 A Day, Nigel returned to the UK to direct Made In Dagenham, which earned five BAFTA nominations including a nomination for Best British Film.
In 2014 he directed three episodes of the critically acclaimed drama series Last Tango in Halifax. Nigel has has also returned as lead director for the hugely popular Doc Martin, the series that was inspired by Saving Grace.
Nigel has been busy recently working with the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen. To coincide with the release of his biography, Born to Run, exclusive access to Springsteen was granted for a documentary to reveal the man behind the music. It aired on UK’s Channel 4 in late December, 2016.