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Robert Young studied Acting and Theater at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He went to the U.S. with the Old Vic Company and worked as a stage director from 1963 to 1967. He began directing for 20th Century Fox in 1967. His feature film credits include Captain Jack (1998), Fierce Creatures with John Cleese, Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis (1995), and the Eric Idle comedy Splitting Heirs (1993). A prolific TV director, he also has many small-screen productions to his credit such as LWT's Jane Eyre (1996), one episode of The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells (2000) and one episode of the popular Inspector Lynley detective series (2001).