Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$20 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 4, 1965
SpouseMilla Jovovich
MarkQuick-cut editing
FactSick and tired of having to explain the significance of the raining frogs in Magnolia (1999), he added the initials W.S. to his name to avoid confusion with indie filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. Unfortunately, the modified name is too similar to another celebrated auteur, Wes Anderson, and Paul is constantly fielding questions about what it's like to work with Bill Murray.

Paul W.S. Anderson is a British film director, producer, and screenwriter who is best known for his work in the Resident Evil film series, as well as directing the films Soldier, Death Race, and Alien vs. Predator.

Anderson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on March 4, 1965. His father, William, was an engineer, and his mother, Sylvia, was a teacher. Anderson has two older sisters. He was educated at Gosforth Academy and then at Oxford University, where he studied English literature.

Anderson’s first job in the film industry was as a production assistant on the set of the film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). He then went on to work as a writer and editor for a number of British television shows, including the sci-fi series Space Precinct and the children’s series Dark Season.

In 1992, Anderson made his directorial debut with the film Shopping, which starred Jude Law and Sean Pertwee. The film was not a commercial success, but it did catch the attention of producer Dino De Laurentiis, who hired Anderson to direct the 1995 film Soldier, starring Kurt Russell.

Anderson’s next film was the action-thriller Death Race (2000), which starred Jason Statham. The film was a box office hit, grossing over $100 million worldwide.

In 2004, Anderson directed Alien vs. Predator, which was a commercial success, grossing over $170 million worldwide.

In 2010, Anderson directed the first installment of the Resident Evil film series, Resident Evil: Afterlife. The film was a box office hit, grossing over $300 million worldwide. Anderson has since directed two more films in the series, Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016).

Anderson’s other notable films include Event Horizon (1997), The Three Musketeers (2011), and Pompeii (2014).

Anderson has been married three times. His first wife was actress Milla Jovovich, with whom he has two daughters. His second wife was model Kelly Brook, with whom he has one daughter. He is currently married to producer Maureen Whelan.

Anderson has a net worth of $40 million.

General Info

Full NamePaul W. S. Anderson
Net Worth$20 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 4, 1965
Height1.91 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director
EducationUniversity of Warwick


SpouseMilla Jovovich
ChildrenEver Gabo Anderson, Dashiel Edan Anderson


AwardsGolden Screen Award
MoviesResident Evil: The Final Chapter, Pompeii, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil, The Three Musketeers, Event Horizon, Death Race, Alien vs. Predator, Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction, Pandorum, Soldier, Shopping, DOA: Dead or Alive, D...

Social profile links


#Marks / Signs
1Movie adaptations of videogames.
2Often casts wife Milla Jovovich in a leading or a supporting role
3Has a reputation for declining to direct follow-ups to his films (i.e. Mortal Kombat, AVP, Resident Evil).
4Always uses a slow or fast revolving pull back shot, at certain points in his films.
5Dialog and characters that transcend their video game origins, thus highlighting humanity's place in the universe.
6Very often, he uses odd tilted high or low angles for a creepy effect to the atmosphere of his films.
7Tough female characters
8Quick-cut editing
9Visually stunning scenery


1If you work with a subject matter beloved by a hardcore fan base, then there's going to be a huge amount of discussion of what you've got wrong or right. In some ways you can never please overly obsessive fans, it's just impossible.
2"AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) is not trying to be Alien (1979) or Aliens (1986), and it's not trying to be Predator (1987). Those are genius movies. The impact that these creatures had on audiences was immense. But 26 years on, and dozens of comic books later, everyone knows what the Alien looks like. You've got to do something different with it, and make a slightly different movie. So, in a way, we were definitely making an Alien and a Predator movie, but a different one from the one the other directors had made".
3I don't think it would be possible for me to respect people like Ridley Scott or James Cameron more than I already do. They're gods of filmmaking.


1Wife Milla Jovovich gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Dashiel Edan Jovovich-Anderson on April 1, 2015 at 5:45 a.m. She was 7 lbs., 10 oz. and 20 inches long at birth.
2Son-in-law of Galina Jovovich.
3Daughter, Ever Gabo Anderson, born 3 November 2007. Mother is his fiancée, Milla Jovovich.
4Constantly mentions plans to release director's cut editions of all of his movies on DVD. To date, the only one that has surfaced is AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004).
5One of only two people to have both written and directed an Alien movie (the other being James Cameron).
6Sick and tired of having to explain the significance of the raining frogs in Magnolia (1999), he added the initials W.S. to his name to avoid confusion with indie filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. Unfortunately, the modified name is too similar to another celebrated auteur, Wes Anderson, and Paul is constantly fielding questions about what it's like to work with Bill Murray.
7Engaged to actress/model Milla Jovovich.
8Graduated from Warwick University in the UK.




Death Race 42017story post-production
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter2016written by post-production
Death Race: Inferno2013Video characters from "Death Race" / story
Resident Evil: Retribution2012written by
Death Race 22010Video characters and story
Resident Evil: Afterlife2010written by
Death Race2008screen story / screenplay
Resident Evil: Extinction2007written by
Resident Evil: Apocalypse2004written by
AVP: Alien vs. Predator2004screen story / screenplay
Resident Evil2002written by
The Sight2000TV Movie written by
Shopping1994written by - as Paul Anderson
El C.I.D.1990-1992TV Series written by - 5 episodes


Death Race 42017producer post-production
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter2016producer post-production
Death Race: Inferno2013Video producer
Resident Evil: Retribution2012producer
The Three Musketeers2011producer
Death Race 22010Video producer
Resident Evil: Afterlife2010producer
Death Race2008producer
Resident Evil: Extinction2007producer
DOA: Dead or Alive2006producer
Drift2006TV Movie executive producer
The Dark2005producer
Resident Evil: Apocalypse2004producer
Resident Evil2002producer
The Sight2000TV Movie executive producer


Resident Evil: The Final Chapter2016post-production
Resident Evil: Retribution2012
The Three Musketeers2011
Resident Evil: Afterlife2010
Death Race2008
Drift2006TV Movie
AVP: Alien vs. Predator2004
Resident Evil2002
The Sight2000TV Movie
Soldier1998/Ias Paul Anderson
Event Horizon1997as Paul Anderson
Mortal Kombat1995as Paul Anderson
Mortal Kombat: Behind the Scenes1995Video short
Shopping1994as Paul Anderson


The Commune: A New Cult Classic2009very special thanks


Program Alice: Activated2010Video documentary shortHimself
Death Race: Start Your Engines - Making a Death Race2008Video documentary shortHimself
Film '722008TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHimself
Band of the Sand: Actors Unite2008Video documentary shortHimself
Beyond Raccoon City: Unearthing 'Resident Evil: Extinction'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Resident Road Map: Reflections on the Future of the Series2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Players: The Cast of 'Extinction'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Greatest Ever Disaster Movies2007TV MovieHimself
The Making of 'Event Horizon'2006Video documentaryHimself (as Paul Anderson)
HBO First Look2004TV Series documentaryHimself
AVP: Production2004Video documentaryHimself
AVP: The Beginning2004Video documentary shortHimself
AvP: VFX2004Video documentary shortHimself
Game Over: 'Resident Evil' Reanimated2004Video documentaryHimself
Playing Dead: 'Resident Evil' from Game to Screen2002Video shortHimself
Scoring Resident Evil2002Video shortHimself
Mortal Kombat: Behind the Dragon1995TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Paul Anderson)
Made in Hollywood2011-2014TV SeriesHimself
Reel Junkie2014TV SeriesHimself
Back from the Afterlife: Making 'Resident Evil: Retribution'2012Video documentaryHimself
Resident Evil: Retribution - Face of the Fan2012Video documentary shortHimself
Vivir de cine2012TV SeriesHimself
Janela Indiscreta2012TV SeriesHimself
Face Off2012TV Series
Comic Con 2012 Live2012TV MovieHimself
Troldspejlet2012TV SeriesHimself - Director
The Shot2011/IIShortHimself
Shallow Grave: The Burying of Shopping2011Video documentary shortHimself
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel2011DocumentaryHimself
Undead Evolution: Making 'Resident Evil: Afterlife'2011Video documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

The Digital Picture2012TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2005Golden Reel AwardGenie AwardsResident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
1998Pegasus Audience AwardBrussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF)Event Horizon (1997)

Nominated Awards

1995International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmShopping (1994)
1995Best FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalMortal Kombat (1995)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Write A Comment

Pin It