Mark Dornford-May was born on his Grandfathers farm near Eastoft in Yorkshire. His paternal Grandfather was a miner on the Yorkshire coalfields. His Mother worked as a school teacher and his Father was Drama Adviser for Chesire County Council and was awarded an MBE for services to theatre in the 1980s. Dornford-May is the eldest of three brothers.
In 2002 he married South African actress and singer Pauline Malefane. Together they have three children. Dornford-May also has a child from a previous relationship. In 2004 he became a permanent resident of South Africa and in 2007 he was officially inducted into the Sotho clan of his wife’s family.
After reading Drama at the Bristol University, Dornford-May was offered an Assistant Directorship with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He worked mainly with Terry Hands on the acclaimed productions of “Coriolanus” and “The Duchess of Malfi” as well as directing “The Invisible Man” and coordinating “The Plays Banned” by Television Season… read more