Gavron is the daughter of British printing millionaire, philanthropist and Labour Life Peer, Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron and Nicky Gavron, who is a member of the London Assembly and was previously a Deputy Mayor of London. Gavron was educated at Camden School for Girls. She graduated from the University of York with a BA in English in 1992 and an MA in film studies from Edinburgh College of Art when it was associated with Heriot-Watt University. She then worked for the BBC for three years. She went on to study feature film directing at the National Film and Television School in London. The actor Rafi Gavron is the son of her half-brother, Simon Gavron.
Gavron began her film career making documentaries, a field that seemed "more accessible at that point," but kept returning to her love of narrative filmmaking and desire to tell stories.
In 2015 she directed the film Suffragette about a fictional working-class suffragette played by Carey Mulligan. The film was acquired by Focus Features (originally Relativity) in March 2015. The film premiered at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival.
Title and Styles
- 6 April 1970 - 6 August 1999: Miss Sarah Gavron
- 6 August 1999 - date: The Honourable Sarah Gavron
- The Girl in the Lay-By (2000)
- Losing Touch (2000)
- This Little Life (2003) (TV)
- Brick Lane (2007)
- Village at the End of the World (2013)
- Suffragette (2015)
Sarah Gavron was nominated for the BAFTA Award and BIFA Award for best director in 2007 for her film Brick Lane. The film won a Silver Hitchcock and best screenplay at the Dinard Festival of British Cinema. She received the Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award from the Hamptons International Film Festival for directing the movie Suffragette, as well as the Mill Valley Film Festival's Audience Award (Mind the Gap), also for directing that film.