With a bloodline of successful writers and scholars, director Sam Mendes seemed to be destined for a career in the arts.
As he turns 48 today, CS gives you some info.
>> He is a big cricket fan and is said to have incorporated the ideas of former England cricket captain Mike Brearly in his direction. He also taught cricket at Summer Fields School, Oxford, UK after leaving school for a year.
>>Sam has been romantically linked to actress Rebecca Hall since 2011, after getting divorced to Kate Winslet.
>>His Skyfall is the highest grossing film in the James Bond franchise.