PETER LORD is co-owner and Creative Director of Aardman Animations, which he co-founded with his long-time collaborator David Sproxton in 1972, when they were still schoolboys.
In 1976, their breakthrough success was with the clay character Morph, who later starred in his own series The Amazing Adventures of Morph.
They developed the technique of stop motion animation, usually with clay puppets, which became the company’s hallmark. Their work has ranged from TV series like Shaun the Sheep and Creature Comforts to TV commercials and music videos including Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer and Nina Simone’s My Baby Just Cares for Me.
In the 1980’s and 90’s Peter directed a series of independent short films, often for an adult audience, including Conversation Pieces, the Lip Sync series and Babylon. In 2000 he co-directed, with Nick Park, Aardman’ s first feature film Chicken Run.
Since then, Peter has been intimately involved as executive produce, producer or director on five more feature films: Flushed Away, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Arthur Christmas, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists and Shaun the Sheep the Movie and Early Man.
Peter is also Executive Producer for Nick Park’s series of films starring Wallace and Gromit.
In 2006 Peter and David Sproxton were awarded CBE’s in Queen’s Birthday honours list, the same year that saw them celebrate 30 years of Aardman.
As a director, Peter has been honoured with three Academy Award® nominations for Adam in 1992, for Wat’s Pig in 1996 and for his first solo feature The Pirates! Band of Misfits in 2013.
In November 2018, Aardman became an Employee Owned organisation, ensuring that the studio remains independent and securing the creative legacy and culture of the company for the future.