Danny Cohen was born in London in 1963. He took a social sciences degree at Sheffield Polytechnic and had a long time interest in photography, particularly stills work. He became a photographic technician at Middlesex Polytechnic and then a camera assistant on documentaries, commercials and films for eight years. His first credit as a Director of Photography was for Dead Babies directed by Bill Marsh. He has collaborated with Shane Meadows on the films 'Dead Man's Shoes' and 'This is England' and the latter's television spin-off. With Tom Hooper he worked on Longford, the HBO TV series John Adams and Les Miserables, gaining an Academy Award nomination for 'The King's Speech'.