Michael David Apted, CMG (born 10 February 1941) is an English director, producer, writer and actor. He is one of the most prolific British film directors of his generation but is best known for his work on the Up series of documentaries.
On June 29, 2003 he was elected President of the Directors Guild of America. He returned to television, directing the first three episodes of the TV series Rome. His most recent feature film project was Amazing Grace, which premiered at the closing of the Toronto Film Festival on September 16, 2006. He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
Apted was born to a middle class family in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, the son of Frances Amelia (née Thomas) and Ronald William Apted, who worked for an insurance company. Apted secured a scholarship to attend City of London School and then to study law and history at Cambridge University (Downing College).