Oscar Nominated Director of Photography Tony Pierce-Roberts BSC was born in Birkenhead, England, but at the age of 11 emigrated with his parents to Central Africa. On leaving school he joined the Central African Film Unit where he found he enjoyed making game films and documentaries and also worked with visiting film crews, including units from the BBC.
After over five years Pierce-Roberts went to London and joined the BBC Film Unit at Ealing Studios, beginning as an assistant cameraman.
As a BBC Cameraman he has won two BAFTA Awards for both "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" starring Sir Alec Guiness and "Caught on a Train" written by Stephen Poliakoff and starring Peggy Ashcroft and Michael Kitchen.
On leaving the BBC his distinguished TV work include "A Voyage Round my Father" with Sir Laurence Olivier, "The Good Soldier" for Granada TV, "P'tang Yang Kipperbang" for David Puttnam's First Love series and "Homeless" directed by Lee Grant.
His first feature film "Moonlighting" directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, was followed by Alan Bennett's "A Private Function". He then began a long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, starting with "A Room with a View", for which he won The London Standard Award for Best Technical Achievement. The New York Circle of Critics Award for Best Cinematography and ASC, BAFTA and Oscar nominations.
For Howards End he received Oscar BAFTA and ASC nominations as well, and also shot "Remains of the Day", "Slaves of New York", "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge", "Surviving Picasso" and "The Golden Bowl". TPR, as he is universally known, has worked frequently in the USA on such films as "White Fang" in Alaska for Disney, "The Dark Half" for George Romero, "The Client" for Joel Schumacher and "Disclosure" with Barry Levinson, both Warner Bros. movies.
Back in Europe he has worked in France on "Asterix Contre Cesar", "Underworld" for Len Wiseman in Budapest, "Doom" featuring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and "The Importance Of Being Earnest", the first film to come out of the newly invigorated Ealing Studios, which by then had been sold by the BBC.
Currently he lives in East Anglia dividing his time between there and London where he shot his most recent feature "Vampire Academy" for Mark Waters.
Directors worked with in commercials include:
Barry Myers, Paul Weiland, Jim Lee, Paul Arden, Barry Joll, Juste Jaquin, Catherine LeFebvre, Daniel Cauchy, Len Fulford, William Klein, Jacques Demy, John St. Clair, Girard Pires, John O 'Driscoll, Syd MaCartney, Kevin Billington, Ian Single