Remi Adefarasin

Born (1948-02-02) 2 February 1948 (age 75)[1]
London, England
SpouseJaya Adefarasin

Remi Adefarasin OBE BSC (born 2 February 1948)[1] is an English cinematographer. He is educated in Photography & Filmmaking at Harrow Technical College. He started his career as a camera trainee at BBC-TV's Ealing Studios. His work on Elizabeth (1998) won him awards for Best Cinematography from BAFTA and the British Society of Cinematographers, as well as a "Golden Frog" from Camerimage and an Academy Award nomination.[2][3] For his work on Elizabeth, he became the first black person to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

Adefarasin was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to television and film.[4]

Personal life

Adefarasin is married and has three sons.



Year Title Director
1990 Truly, Madly, Deeply Anthony Minghella
1992 The Hummingbird Tree Noella Smith
1994 Great Moments in Aviation Beeban Kidron
Captives Angela Pope
1996 Hollow Reed
1998 Sliding Doors Peter Howitt
Elizabeth Shekhar Kapur
1999 Onegin Martha Fiennes
2000 The House of Mirth Terence Davies
2002 About a Boy Paul Weitz
Chris Weitz
Unconditional Love P. J. Hogan
The One and Only Simon Cellan Jones
2003 Johnny English Peter Howitt
The Haunted Mansion Rob Minkoff
2004 In Good Company Paul Weitz
2005 Match Point Woody Allen
2006 Scoop
Amazing Grace Michael Apted
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age Shekhar Kapur
Fred Claus David Dobkin
2010 Cemetery Junction Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
Little Fockers Paul Weitz
2012 The Cold Light of Day Mabrouk El Mechri
2015 Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism Christopher N. Rowley
2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Burr Steers
Me Before You Thea Sharrock
David Brent: Life on the Road Ricky Gervais
2018 Juliet, Naked Jesse Peretz
Where Hands Touch Amma Asante
2019 Fighting with My Family Stephen Merchant
The Last Vermeer Dan Friedkin
2020 Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey David E. Talbert
2021 Locked Down Doug Liman
2022 What's Love Got to Do with It? Shekhar Kapur
2023 Locked In Nour Wazzi


TV series

Year Title Director Notes
1980 The British Greats Margaret Sharp
Barry Norman
Sue Mallinson
5 episodes
1980-1982 BBC2 Playhouse Mike Leigh
Paul Bamborough
Episodes "Grown-Ups" and "The Guest"
1982-1984 Play for Today Mike Leigh
Richard Wilson
Episodes "Home Sweet Home" and "Under The Hammer"
1983 Jury
1985-1986 Big Deal Jeremy Summers Episodes "Guv'nor" and "The Chicken and the Egg"
1986-1992 ScreenPlay Angela Pope
Angela Pope
Diarmuid Lawrence
Simon Cellan Jones
4 episodes
1987 Bergerac Richard Bramall Episode "Thanks for Everything"
1988-1994 Screen Two 7 episodes
1990-1993 Screen One Les Blair
Richard Loncraine
Mike Ockrent
Episodes "News Hounds", "Wide-Eyed and Legless" and "Money for Nothing"
1993 Chef! John Birkin 4 episodes
1994 The Fast Show Arch Dyson 6 episodes

Documentary series

Year Title Director Notes
1978 Everyman William Nicholson Episode "Abide with Me"
1979 It's About Time Chris Haws TV special
1982 The World About Us Julian Cooper Episode "Eliza Doolittle Goes to Bombay"
1984 Omnibus Episode "The Bristol Showboat Saga"
1985 Open Space Ray Hough Episode "Cameron and Danny Go Flapping"
1987 Q.E.D. John Lynch Episode "Murder on the Bluebell Line"
1988 Horizon James Burke Episode "Thinking"
1992 Bookmark James Runcie Episode "Miss Pym's Day Out"

TV movies

Year Title Director
1983 The Last Day Richard Stroud
Stan's Last Game Gavin Millar
The Case of the Frightened Lady Christopher Menaul
1984 Amy Nat Crosby
Four Days in July Mike Leigh
1986 Shoot for the Sun Ian Knox
1987 Love After Lunch Edward Bennett
1989 Dream Baby Angela Pope
1991 The Lost Language of Cranes Nigel Finch
1996 Emma Diarmuid Lawrence
1998 Human Bomb Anthony Page
The Ebb-Tide Nicholas Denton


Year Title Director Notes
1984 All the World's a Stage' Michael Elliott
Bob Lockyer
William Slater
Episode "Prologue: Makers of Magic"
1986 The December Rose Renny Rye
1988 Christabel Adrian Shergold
1989 Summer's Lease Martyn Friend
1991 Sleeper Geoffrey Sax
1992 Goodbye Cruel World Adrian Shergold
Black and White in Color Isaac Julien
1995 The Buccaneers Philip Saville
1996 Into the Fire Jane Howell
Cold Lazarus Renny Rye With Ashley Rowe
2000 Arabian Nights Steve Barron
2001 Band of Brothers Phil Alden Robinson
Richard Loncraine
Episodes "Currahee" and "Day of Days"
2010 The Pacific Tim Van Patten
David Nutter
Carl Franklin
Tony To
5 episodes
2023 Secret Invasion Ali Selim MCU series

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title Result
1998 Academy Awards Best Cinematography Elizabeth Nominated
BAFTA Awards Best Cinematography Nominated
American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series Band of Brothers (For episode "The Patrol") Nominated
2010 The Pacific (For episode "Part 5") Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Remi Adefarasin". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 February 2023.
  2. ^ "Film in 1999 | BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  3. ^ "BSC Best Cinematography in a Theatrical Release" (PDF). British Society of Cinematographers.
  4. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 8.