Peter Webber made his impressive debut as a feature-film director with Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth. The film was a resounding world success garnering several awards including 3 Oscar nominations (Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design); 2 Golden Globe nominations (Actress in a Leading Role, Achievement in Film Music), 10 nominations for the BAFTA Awards and several international awards, including the Jury Prize for Best Photography for Eduardo Serra at the San Sebastian Festival of that year.
Webber repeated his international box-office success with his second film, Hannibal Rising (2007), based on Thomas Harris’ book about the childhood and adolescence of the famous character, Hannibal Lecter.
Before starting to direct films, Webber accumulated a great deal of experience directing dramas and documentaries for television. His TV dramas include The Zebra Man (1994), The Double Life of Franz Schubert (1997), Underground (1999), Men Only (2001, winner of the RTS Award for Best Cinematography), The Stretford Wives (2002) and the episode entitled The Dare (2004) for the acclaimed US series Six Feet Under.
He has directed around 10 documentaries, mostly for the British Channel 4 but across a broad spectrum of subject.: Eurotrash (1994), Badass TV (1994), Fortean TV (1994), An A to Z of Wagner (1995), winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Lyon Operascreen Film Festival and finalist for the Royal Television Society Awards, Equinox – God Only Knows (1995), Naked Classics: “The Maestro” & “The Prodigy” (1997, two documentaries from a series of four on classical music), The Deep: “Creatures of the Abyss” & “Fields of Gold” (1997, two documentaries in a series of three about the deep oceans), Apocalypse When? (1999), Equinox: Curse of the Phantom Limbs (1999) and Equinox: The Secret Life of the Crash Test Dummy (2000).
Born in the UK in 1968, Webber makes his home in London.