Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones (born 30 May 1971) is a British-American 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 also directed Source Code (2011), Warcraft (2016) and Mute (2018).

Duncan Jones
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Jones in July 2015
Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones

(1971-05-30) 30 May 1971 (age 48)
Alma mater
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active2002–present
Rodene Ronquillo (m. 2012)

He is the son of the late English singer-songwriter David Bowie.

Early lifeEdit

Jones was born in Bromley, Kent, on 30 May 1971,[1] 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.[2] 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 mother was born and raised in Cyprus ,[3] and has Polish ancestry.[4] His birth prompted his father to write the songs "Kooks" and "Oh! You Pretty Things" for his 1971 album Hunky Dory.[5]

Mostly raised by his Scottish nanny, Marion Skene,[6] 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.[7] At age 14, he enrolled in the Scottish boarding school Gordonstoun.[8] 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.[9] He reverted to his birth name around the age of 18.[10]

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.[8] Whilst growing up, Jones dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler, and his father frequently praised what he called Jones' "natural strength".[11]


Jones with his father David Bowie at the premiere of Moon in 2009

Jones was one of many cameramen at his father's widely televised 50th birthday party directed by Englishman Tim Pope at Madison Square Garden in 1997 and also at two BowieNet concerts at Roseland Ballroom in New York City in June 2000. He was also the in-game cinematics director for the political simulator Republic: The Revolution, as well as scripting elements of the game.[12]

Jones directed the 2006 campaign for the French Connection fashion label. The concept of 'Fashion vs Style' was to re-invigorate the brand and move it away from the former incarnation of FCUK, which style pundits believed had become tired and overused.[13][14] The advert debuted in the week ending 20 February 2006 and featured two women (representing fashion and style) fighting and briefly kissing each other. The advertisement generated 127 complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority.[14]

Jones's first feature film, Moon, was nominated for seven British Independent Film Awards in 2009, and won two, Best British Independent Film, and the Douglas Hickox Award for Best British Director on their debut feature.[8] It was also nominated for two BAFTA Awards at the 2010 ceremony, winning Jones the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. The film has received 19 other nominations from film festivals and societies, including the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award.

He directed the Summit Entertainment project Source Code,[15] a science-fiction thriller from Vendome Pictures, which was produced by Mark Gordon. Source Code was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 26 July 2011 in the United States.

Jones directed and co-wrote Warcraft, based on the video game series of the same name, which was released in the summer of 2016.[16] Jones next film would return to the science fiction genre and be called Mute, starring Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd. Jones had been developing the project for years and described it as a "spiritual sequel" to Moon, and was inspired by Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.[17] The film, set in Berlin forty years in the future, follows a mute bartender investigating his lover's disappearance.[18] The film was produced and released by Netflix, and became available to stream world-wide in February 2018.[19]

Jones and Jim Henson's daughter Lisa Henson are to serve as co-producers of a sequel to Labyrinth, a 1986 fantasy film by Jim Henson in which David Bowie starred.[20] In January 2016, Nicole Perlman announced that she had been hired to write the script for the film.[21] By April 2017, Fede Álvarez signed on as director, as well as co-writer with Jay Basu.[22] In October 2018, Álvarez said that the script was complete,[23] but in February 2019 said that only a draft script was done, and production was yet to begin.[20]

Through his social media, Jones announced in July 2018 that his next project would be a science fiction film, based on the 2000 AD Comics character the Rogue Trooper.[24] In July 2019 he told Entertainment Weekly, "The script is really looking pretty good now. It’s getting to the point where we’re going to have to start casting and making the thing."[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Jones announced his engagement to photographer Rodene Ronquillo on 28 June 2012. They married on 6 November 2012. On the same day, Ronquillo was diagnosed with breast cancer. The couple have been campaigning to raise awareness for the disease and for early diagnosis since then.[26][27] On 10 July 2016, Ronquillo gave birth to their first child, a son.[28] On 1 October 2017, Jones announced that he and Ronquillo were expecting a second child.[29] Jones announced the birth of their daughter [30] on 18 April 2018.[31]



  1. ^ Buckley, David (2005) [1999]. Strange Fascination – David Bowie: The Definitive Story (Revised & Updated ed.). London: Virgin Publishing. p. 90. ISBN 0-7535-1002-2. On 30 May 1971, Bowie's son, Duncan Zowie Jones, was born in Bromley Hospital.
  2. ^ ANGIE BOWIE – BIOGRAPHY. angiebowie.net
  3. ^ Bowie, Angie (2000). "Cyprus: Land of Passion". angiebowie.net. Angie Bowie. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  4. ^ Bowie, Angela. Backstage Passes, pp. 29–30
  5. ^ Graham, Caroline (8 August 2009). "Zowie Bowie: How a son of rock royalty survived a bitter rift with his mother to earn genuine success". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  6. ^ Jones, Duncan (23 March 2017). "Marion Skene". Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  7. ^ "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast: Episode 892 - Duncan Jones / Brendon Small". wtfpod.libsyn.com. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Duncan Jones: Creating his own space odyssey".. The Guardian. Retrieved 14 January 2016
  9. ^ "David Bowie Wonderworld: Press Archives 90s". Bowiewonderworld.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  10. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (7 June 2009). "Son of Major Tom, at Ground Control". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Genealogy – Geni – private profile – Genealogy". Geni.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  12. ^ Adams, Sam (8 April 2011). "Duncan Jones | Interview". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  13. ^ Akbar, Arifa (16 August 2004). "FCUK, off: fashion label decides to rest 'tired' logo". The Independent, UK. London.
  14. ^ a b Sweney, Mark (6 July 2006). "French Connection and Beattie part company". The Guardian. London.
  15. ^ "Will Jake Gyllenhaal Crack Duncan Jones' Source Code?". DreadCentral.
  16. ^ Borys Kit (30 January 2013). "'Warcraft' Movie Lands 'Source Code' Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Duncan Jones Talks Mute". Empire. Retrieved 14 January 2016
  18. ^ "Paul Rudd & Peter Skarsgard To Star In Duncan Jones' 'Mute'". Deadline Hollywood. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  19. ^ "Mute | Netflix Official Site". www.netflix.com. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  20. ^ a b Burwick, Kevin (20 February 2019). "Jennifer Connelly Didn't Know Labyrinth 2 Was Even Happening Until Last Week". Movieweb. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  21. ^ Handler, Rachel (23 January 2016). "David Bowie's Labyrinth Is Getting A Sequel". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  22. ^ Knoll, Justin (13 April 2017). "'Don't Breathe' Helmer Fede Alvarez to Direct 'Labyrinth' Spin-Off for TriStar". Variety. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  23. ^ Davis, Erik (25 October 2018). "Director Fede Alvarez Says The 'Labyrinth' Sequel Has a Script and is Moving Forward". Fandango Media. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Rogue Trooper Movie Coming From Warcraft Director Duncan Jones". Screenrant.com. 15 July 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  25. ^ Collis, Clark (22 July 2019). "Director Duncan Jones gives Rogue Trooper update". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  26. ^ "Cancer Campaign Fundraising Page". Fundraiseforbcrf.org. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  27. ^ Sara Nathan (10 December 2012). "Duncan Jones wedding". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  28. ^ "David Bowie's son announces late father was to become grandad". The Guardian. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  29. ^ Duncan JonesVerified account. "Duncan Jones on Twitter: "Incredibly excited to be able to announce that the Jones gang is growing again! @rodeneronquillo cooking up a little... girl!". Twitter.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  30. ^ Duncan JonesVerified account (28 April 2018). "Duncan Jones on Twitter: "Speaking of which, our lovely little girl has a name. (We chose it a while ago) Zowie Tala Mabsie Jones. About time SOMEONE made use of my middle name, even if I wasn't ready to!"". Twitter.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  31. ^ Duncan JonesVerified account (18 April 2018). "Duncan Jones on Twitter: "I am thrilled to announce that the sequel to the hugely popular Stenton Jones, has finally been unleashed upon the globe! Both @rodeneronquillo and her big, beautiful baby girl are doing amazing!". Twitter.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.

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