The school drop-out obsessed with education
Born in Southgate, London, in 1941, David Puttnam dropped out of school at 16.
He was told by a teacher that he was "not all that bright".
- He attended night classes in marketing and art, while working as a messenger boy in an ad agency.
After rising up the ranks in advertising, he began a career in film, producing some hugely successful movies including Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields.
- Since retiring from the film world, he has held several important education posts including chairman of the UK Teaching Council, Chancellor of the University of Sunderland, and Chancellor of the Open University. He is a non-executive director of the technology company Promethean.