Is your surname Mendes?

Research the Mendes family

Sam Mendes's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Samuel Alexander (Sam) Mendes

Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Jameson Peter Mendes and <private> Barnett
Husband of Alison Louise Mendes
Ex-husband of Kate Winslet
Father of <private> Winslet Mendes

Managed by: Janet Anne Gibson
Last Updated:
view all

Immediate Family

About Sam Mendes

Samuel Alexander Mendes, CBE (born 1 August 1965)[2] is an English stage and film director. He is best known for directing the drama film American Beauty (1999), which earned him the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the crime film Road to Perdition (2002), and the James Bond films Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

He also is known for dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994), Company (1995), and Gypsy (2003). He directed an original West End stage musical for the first time with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013).

In 2000 Mendes was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for "services to drama" and in the same year was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg, Germany. In 2005, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain.[3][4] In 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked him number 15 in their list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture".[5]

view all

Sam Mendes's Timeline

August 1, 1965
Reading, Berkshire, UK