Donald Sturrock was born in 1961 and grew up in England and South America. After reading Modern History at Oxford University, he joined BBC Television's Music and Arts Department, where he worked as both producer and director between 1983 and 1992. After leaving the BBC, he wrote and directed The Graham Greene Trilogy for BBC2's ARENA series. Sturrock also directed a four-part series for the BBC, Plácido Domingo's Tales at the Opera, and two award-winning television series for IMG Artists and Idéale Audience, The Art of Singing and the Grammy award nominated The Art of Piano, as well as, An Awfully Big Adventure and The Human Face (with John Cleese). In collaboration with an international team of composers, Sturrock has adapted and directed a series of musical versions of Roald Dahl's children's stories. He was also chosen by the Roald Dahl Estate to pen Dahl’s official biography, Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl. Sturrock lives by the River Thames in London.