Director, producer, screenwriter
Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones (born 30 May 1971) is an English film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the science fiction film Moon (2009), for which he won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. He has also directed Source Code (2011), Warcraft (2016) and Mute (2018). Duncan Zowie Jones was born in Bromley, London, on 30 May 1971, the only child of English singer-songwriter and musician David Bowie and his first wife, Angela "Angie" Bowie (née Barnett), an American model and actress who was born and raised in Cyprus. His mother also has Polish ancestry. His maternal grandfather, George, was a United States Army veteran and mining engineer who ran a mill for the Cyprus Mines Corporation, while his maternal grandmother, Helena, was a naturalized Canadian. His birth prompted his father to write the songs "Kooks" and "Oh! You Pretty Things" for his 1971 album Hunky Dory. Mostly raised by his Scottish nanny, Marion Skene, Jones spent time growing up in London, Berlin, and Vevey. He attended the first and second grade at the Commonwealth American School (now the International School of Lausanne) in Lausanne. When his parents divorced in February 1980, his father was granted custody of eight-year-old Jones (who was then known as "Zowie Bowie" to rhyme with his father's stage name) and he visited his mother on school holidays until ending contact with her at age 13. At age 14, he enrolled in the Scottish boarding school Gordonstoun. At the age of 12, he decided that he preferred to be called "Joey", and used this nickname until shortening it to "Joe" in his later teen years. The press reported that he went by "Joe" in 1992 when attending his father's wedding to fashion model Iman, where he was the best man. He reverted to his birth name around the age of 18. Jones is the half-brother of Alexandria "Lexi" Jones (born 2000), the daughter of his father and his father's second wife, Iman. He is also the half-brother of Stacia Larranna Celeste Lipka (born 1980) from his mother's relationship with musician Andrew Lipka, better known as Drew Blood. He has a stepsister, Zulekha Haywood (born 1978), who is the daughter of Iman and former NBA basketball player Spencer Haywood, Iman's second husband. By 1995, Jones graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the College of Wooster. He then pursued a Ph. D degree at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, but left before completion to attend London Film School, where he then graduated as a director in 2001. Whilst growing up, Jones dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler, and his father frequently praised what he called Jones' "natural strength".
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