Francis George “Franc” Roddam (born 29 April 1946) is an English film director, businessman, screenwriter, television producer and publisher. He is married to photographer Leila Ansari and has six children from previous marriages. He currently lives in London.
Roddam’s films include “Quadrophenia”, “K2”, “Aria”, “Lords of Discipline” and “War Party”. He created the worldwide TV phenomenon, “Masterchef”, which is shown in 150 countries worldwide, and there are 20 locally-produced versions. He also produced formats for “Auf Wiedersehen, Pet”, “Making Out”, and “Harry”, all of which were highly successful TV dramas. He directed the award-winning TV drama “Dummy”, which won the prestigious Prix Italia Drama Prize. He directed the Grammy-nominated/Golden Globe nominated US mini-series Moby Dick and Cleopatra. He won awards for his BBC documentaries, “Mini” and “The Family”. He is the founder and Chairman of Ziji Publishing, whose many titles include The Last Templar which sold over… read more