Stephen David Daldry, CBE (born 2 May 1961) is an English theatre and film director and producer, as well as a three-time Academy Award nominated director.
Daldry was born in Dorset, England the son of bank manager Patrick Daldry and singer, Cherry Thompson. He was educated at the University of Sheffield before taking an apprenticeship at the city's Crucible Theatre from 1985-1988. Whilst at the University of Sheffield, Daldry was Chairman of SuTCo (Sheffield University Theatre Company). He trained at East 15 Acting School, London.
Daldry began his career at the Sheffield Crucible with Artistic Director Clare Venables where he directed many productions. He also headed many productions at the Manchester Library Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Stratford East, Oxford Stage, Brighton and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was also Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1992-8, where he headed the £26 million development scheme. He was also Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, London (1989-92) and the Metro Theatre Company (1984-6). He is currently on the Board of the Young and Old Vic Theatres and remains an Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre. He was the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre for 2002 at St Catherine's College, Oxford. He won awards on Broadway as well as the West End.