Waris Hussein

Waris Hussein

director, actor, producer

Waris Hussein was born on Dec 09, 1938 in British India. Waris Hussein's big-screen debut came with Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx directed by Waris Hussein in 1970. Waris Hussein is known for Sixth Happiness directed by Waris Hussein, Firdaus Kanga stars as Brit Kotwal and Souad Faress as Sera Kotwal. Waris Hussein has got 2 awards and 3 nominations so far. The most recent award Waris Hussein achieved is Primetime Emmy Awards. The upcoming new movie Waris Hussein plays is Tale of a Timelord which will be released on Apr 10, 2016.

Born in Lucknow, India, Waris Hussein moved to England at age nine with his parents. He later attended Cambridge and at 21 started as a trainee director with BBC, where his mother, the late Attia Hussein, worked. In addition to reading news in Hindi, she was also the station's dramatic star--translating William Shakespeare in Urdu and Hindi--as well as an author. Young Hussein, too, was influenced by his mother's artistic abilities and knew very early on that he wanted to be a director. After starting in television with work on Docteur Who (1963) (including directing the very first episode, Docteur Who: An Unearthly Child (1963)), Hussein moved on to film, directing such legends as Lord Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis and Joan Plowright.While considering himself a British filmmaker, Hussein has worked both sides of the Atlantic, as well as in the country of his birth, India.

  • Birthday

    Dec 09, 1938
  • Place of Birth

    Lucknow, United Provinces, British India

Known For


2 wins & 3 nominations

Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program
Winner - Primetime Emmy
BAFTA Awards
Best Drama Series/Serial
Winner - BAFTA TV Award

Movies & TV Shows