Arts & Letters, Entertainment
At the tender age of 55, Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes had his first novel, SNOBS, published in the United States in 2005. His second, PAST IMPERFECT, was a Richard and Judy Summer Pick before being published Stateside in September. Born in Egypt, where his father was in the British Embassy, Fellowes grew up in England and attended Cambridge.
After going to drama school, he was, as he says, a jobbing actor for ages, and appeared in more than 40 movies and TV shows. Feeling in need of a Plan B, Fellowes turned to writing and worked for a while for BBC TV, where he adapted LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY and THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER for the small screen. Subsequently he wrote a screenplay for Anthony Trollope’s THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS, which caught the eye of producer Bob Balaban, who was looking for a British society insider to write a screenplay for a murder mystery. And so Gosford Park was born.
In addition to Gosford Park, Fellowes wrote the screenplay for Mira Nairs Vanity Fair and the book for the London and Broadway productions of Mary Poppins. He also wrote and directed Separate Lies, which he described in 2005 as a French film in English, about middle-class people being unhappily married, which will doubtless be steamrollered in the Big, Bad World, but I love it and I loved making it, so I have no sad tales to tell.
In 2006 and 2007, Fellowes was the host of the BBC TV panel game show Never Mind the Full Stops. He wrote the screenplay for The Young Victoria, which opened in in the U.S. in December 2009. He is most recently known for writing the screenplay for The Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.
He and wife Emma Kitchener, a great-niece of the first Lord Kitchener and a lady-in-waiting to Princess Michael of Kent, live in Hardy country near Dorchester.
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