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Tom Harper


Tom Harper is a British film and television director, producer, and writer. He is best known for his work on The Aeronauts, Wild Rose, Peaky Blinders, and the BBC TV mini-series War & Peace.


Harper grew up in a Quaker family. He “credits Quakerism with setting the tone in his attitudes towards pacifism and non-violence.”

Harper attended Acland Burghley School before going on to study at The University of Manchester.


Harper began his career making short films. He wrote and directed Cubs in 2006 about urban fox hunting which was nominated for a BAFTA in the Best Short Film category and won a BIFA.


Harper then moved on to direct a range of film and television work which includes Misfits, The Scouting Book for Boys (2009), This Is England '86, The Borrowers (2011), Peaky Blinders (2013), and The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.


In 2014, Harper re-teamed with Jack Thorne, the writer of The Scouting Book for Boys, to make War Book, which premiered at the London Film Festival and had its international premiere as the opening film of the International Festival of Film Rotterdam.


The film received critical acclaim with The List calling it a "powerful, provocative and essential piece of modern British cinema". Harper was also a producer of the film. 


He directed the 2016 BBC TV mini-series War & Peace, starring Paul Dano, Lily James, and James Norton for BBC1 and The Weinstein Company. 


The series topped ratings and won rave reviews. The series was nominated for 6 BAFTAs (including Best Drama Series) and won Best Production Design.