Director whose film Wasp won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
She was originally a TV presenter who studied directing at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles, California.
Her films Red Road and Fish Tank both won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2011 for her contributions to the film industry.
Her mother and father were teenagers at the time of her birth.
Her 2009 film Fish Tank featured an acclaimed performance by Michael Fassbender.