The director, who is married to Downton Abbey actress Elizabeth MCGovern, reveals he got his break in the entertainment industry at the age of 18, helping Mirren keep on top of her fan mail and other errands.

He tells the New York Post's Page Six, "It was at a theatre in London and it was work experience, basically. I worked sort of as her assistant, doing her favours and so on, and helping with her fan mail."