||Waris Hussein was born in Lucknow, India. He attended Cambridge and the prestigious Slade School of Art, where he studied theatre design. At 21, he started as a trainee director with the BBC. After beginning in television with work on Doctor Who (including directing the very first episode, "An Unearthly Child"), Hussein moved on to film, directing such legends as Sir Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis, Joan Plowright and Colleen Dewhurst. He is the first Indian to have directed a play at the National Theatre in London and the first to have won BAFTA and Emmy awards. While considering himself a British film-maker, Hussein has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as in the country of his birth.