Daniel Francis "Danny" Boyle (born 20 October 1956) is an English-Irish filmmaker. As a teenager, he was planning on joining the Catholic Priesthood, but a priest persuaded him to seek a different vocation. He began his career as a director first in the theatre, but then moved on to television and ultimately film.

His films have been, to put it mildly, diverse. He's done sci-fi, zombie horror, a kids movie, crime drama, Bollywood-inspired drama, and not easily definable works as well. He's also one of few successful filmmakers to have two movies with a character diving into a toilet.

Despite having a very broad range of styles, he's known for his use of music in his films and his dynamic cinematography. He also dabbles in magic realism from time to time. He has a few repeat collaborators in Creator/EwanMcGregor (who appeared in his first three films[[note]] They fell out after [=McGregor=] was axed from ''The Beach'' and felt he had been treated unfairly, betrayed and they didn't speak again until they reconciled in 2013 after apologising to each other, resulting in their first film together in 20 years being ''T2: Trainspotting''.[[/note]]) and worked with Creator/CillianMurphy, screenwriter Creator/AlexGarland, and composer John Murphy on both ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' and ''{{Film/Sunshine}}''. He also directed the manic opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in London.

Like Creator/JossWhedon, he's known for fairly animated and interesting DVD commentaries, usually accompanied by the film's screenwriter (though not always).

Not to be confused with the late [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Boyle Peter Boyle]], nor Canadian hockey player [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Boyle_%28ice_hockey%29 Dan Boyle]].

!! His filmography includes:
* ''Film/ShallowGrave'' - 1994
* ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'' - 1996
* ''Film/ALifeLessOrdinary'' - 1997
* ''Film/TheBeach'' - 2000
* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' - 2002. Later spawned a sequel in 2007 titled ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater'', which Boyle served as executive producer but not as director due to his commitments in directing ''Film/{{Sunshine}}''.
* ''Film/{{Millions}}'' - 2004
* ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' - 2007
* ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' - 2008. He won the Best Director UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for his efforts.
* ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours'' - 2010
* ''Theatre/{{Frankenstein|2011}}'' - 2011. Stage adaptation staring Creator*/JonnyLeeMiller and Creator/BenedictCumberbatch.
* ''Film/{{Trance}}'' - 2013
* ''Film/SteveJobs'' - 2015
* ''Film/T2Trainspotting'' - 2017. A sequel to ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}''.
* ''Series/{{Trust}}'' - 2018
* ''All You Need Is Love'' - 2018/2019
* ''Film/JamesBond 25'' - November 2019
!! Tropes Associated With Boyle's work

* BlackComedy: Usually done in his films, particularly the ''Trainspotting'' films.
* HumansAreFlawed / HumansAreSpecial
* ShadesOfConflict: Most films would head towards GrayAndGreyMorality
* SignatureStyle: Averted. Danny Boyle is known for not exactly having a style and creating a film very differently with each and every project he is a part of.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Danny Boyle himself said that he is more optimistic on just about everything, but several of his films might portray a more cynical tone.