Terence Davies was born in inner-city Liverpool on 10 November 1945 - the youngest child in a large working-class, Catholic family. For ten years he worked as a clerk in a shipping office and a book-keeper in an accountancy firm. From 1965 to 1973 he gained amateur acting experience, winning the LAMDA Gold Medal and first prize in the National Arts Awards. From 1973 to 1975 he was a student at The Coventry Drama School. There he wrote the screenplay for Children, which he directed with backing from the BFI Production Board. He then went to the National Television and Film School, where he completed Madonna and Child as his graduation film in 1980. Three years later, thanks to funding from the Greater London Arts Association and the BFI, he made Death and Transfiguration. These three short to medium-length films comprise The Terence Davies Trilogy, which put him on the cinematic map as one of the most original British film-makers of the late 20th century. He has since made nine further feature films, the most recent of which, Benediction, premiered in September 2021 and will open in the UK in May 2022. Terence now resides in rural Essex.