John Richard Schlesinger (1926-2003) moved on from Uppingham school to Balliol College, Oxford. Upon graduation he worked as an actor; he began his career as a director for film and television in 1956. He was an associate director of the Royal National Theatre from 1973. He was openly gay. His films include A Kind of Loving (1962), Billy Liar (1963), Darling (1965), Far From the Madding Crowd (1967), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and more recently The Next Best Thing (2000).