Born in Portsmouth, John Madden worked extensively in radio and theatre on both sides of the Atlantic throughout the 1970ís. During the 1980ís he progressed to television and made a string of television dramaís including Inspector Morse and Prime Suspect, also directing TV films such as Meat and Truth or Dare. His first feature film, Ethan Frome (1993)ł was not a success, however Mrs Brown (1997) received a great deal of critical acclaim and earned two Oscar nominations. Shakespeare in Love (1998) provided Madden with his first box office smash and won seven Oscarís, including Best Picture. Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001), an epic tale of enduring love based on the international bestseller by Louis de Bernieres proved to be a poor adaptation.