Richard Curtis

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Richard Curtis

British screenwriter, music producer, actor, and film director, who was born in New Zealand to Australian parents add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1958.

Countries: United Kingdom (57%), United States (21%), (8%)

Main connections: The Boat That Rocked, BBC, British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Linked to: Papplewick School, BBC, G8, HBO

 

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Richard Curtis was born in 1958 add something


1960

The Boat That Rocked - According to director Richard Curtis, the film, though inspired by real British pirate radio of the 1960s, is a work of historical fiction and does not depict a specific radio station of the period


1966

The film was set in 1966 in the era of British pirate radio add something


1970

For a short period in the 1970s, Curtis lived in Warrington, where he attended Appleton Grammar School, before he won a scholarship to Harrow School, where, as head boy, he abolished fagging add something


1976

He appeared in the company's "After Eights" at the Oxford Playhouse in May 1976 add something

 

Rowan Atkinson - First achieving notice at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1976, while at Oxford, he acted and performed early sketches for the Oxford University Dramatic Society , the Oxford Revue and the Experimental Theatre Club , meeting writer Richard Curtis and composer Howard Goodall, with whom he would continue to collaborate during his career


1978

As a result of this, Curtis was commissioned to co-write the BBC Radio 3 series "The Atkinson People" with Atkinson in 1978, which was transmitted in 1979 add something


1979

Chris Langham - Langham was part of the original cast for "Not the Nine O'Clock News" pilot in 1979, written by Richard Curtis


1980

Curtis was the co-writer with Philip Pope of the Hee Bee Gee Bees' single "Meaningless Songs " released in 1980 to parody the style of a series of Bee Gees' disco hits add something

 

Angus Deayton - This led to the creation of the parody band The Hee Bee Gee Bees in 1980, with the songs written by Richard Curtis and Philip Pope

 

Jim Lee (photographer) - Working at first for Spots Films in Soho, Lee joined Paul Weiland in 1980 to create Weiland and Lee, which grew quickly, taking on further directors including David Bailey and Richard Curtis


1983

First with Atkinson, and later with Ben Elton, Curtis wrote the "Blackadder" series from 1983 to 1989, each season focusing upon a different era in British history add something

 

Rowan Atkinson - The success of "Not the Nine O'Clock News" led to his starring in the medieval sitcom "The Black Adder", which he co-wrote with Richard Curtis, in 1983


1985

Ben Elton - In 1985 Elton began his successful writing partnership with Richard Curtis

 

Comic Relief - "'Comic Relief"' is an operating British charity, founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to famine in Ethiopia


1989

His first was "The Tall Guy" in 1989 add something


1990

Jim Henson - The image of a growing number of performers singing "Just One Person" was recreated for the 1990 television special "The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson" and inspired screenwriter Richard Curtis, who attended the London service, to write the growing-orchestra wedding scene of his 2003 film "Love Actually"


1991

The TV movie "Bernard and the Genie" followed in 1991 add something


1994

In 1994, Curtis created and co-wrote "The Vicar of Dibley" for comedian Dawn French, which was a great success add something

 

" The 1994 film, starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, was produced on a limited budget by the British production company Working Title Films add something


1999

Roger Michell - Michell was next chosen by Richard Curtis to direct his script "Notting Hill", which ended up becoming one of the highest grossing British movies of all time on its release in 1999


2003

Four Weddings and a Funeral - This song would later be adapted into "Christmas Is All Around" and sung by the character of Billy Mack in Richard Curtis' 2003 film "Love Actually", in which Grant stars

 

Love Actually - "'Love Actually"' is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis


2004

In an online poll conducted in 2004 Britain's Best Sitcom, "The Vicar of Dibley" was voted the third best sitcom in British history and "Blackadder" the second, making Curtis the only screenwriter to have created two shows within the poll's top ten programmes add something


2005

Curtis wrote the screenplay to "The Girl in the Café", a television film directed by David Yates and produced by the BBC and HBO as part of the Make Poverty History campaign's Live 8 efforts in 2005 add something

 

He has written of his work in The Observer in the Global development section in 2005 add something

 

The film was timed to air just before the Gleneagles G8 summit in 2005 and received three Emmy awards in 2006 including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Kelly Macdonald, and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special trophy for Curtis himself add something

 

Mr. Bean's Holiday - News of the second film first broke in early 2005, suggesting that it would be written by Simon McBurney, but in December 2005, Atkinson stated that the screenplay was being written by himself and his long-time collaborator Richard Curtis


 

In 2007, Curtis received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship award, the highest award the British Film Academy can give a filmmaker add something

 

In May 2007 he received the BAFTA Fellowship at the British Academy Television awards in recognition of his successful career in film and television and his charity efforts add something

 

Girls Aloud - Their cover Aerosmith and Run DMC's "Walk This Way", a collaboration with the Sugababes, was the official charity single for Comic Relief in 2007, recorded at Comic Relief co-founder and trustee Richard Curtis' request


2008

It premiered on the BBC on 23 March 2008, just days after Minghella's death add something


2009

His second film as writer/director, "The Boat That Rocked", was released in 2009 add something

 

The film did not run in the US until early 2009, when HBO aired it as the pilot of a resulting six-episode TV series with the same cast, on which Curtis served as Executive Producer add something

 

Bernard Butler - In 2009 Butler has produced the music for the Diet Coke television advertisement featuring Duffy, as well as a cover of the "Stay With Me Baby" for the Richard Curtis film "The Boat That Rocked"

 

Emma Thompson - In 2009, she appeared in "An Education" and "The Boat That Rocked", the new Richard Curtis film, which starred Gemma Arterton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, January Jones, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Jack Davenport and Rhys Ifans

 

The Boat That Rocked - "'The Boat That Rocked"' is a 2009 British comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis, with pirate radio in the United Kingdom during the 1960s as its setting

 

Ralph Brown - Brown stars as DJ Bob Silver in "The Boat That Rocked", a film by Richard Curtis released in April 2009


2011

In March 2011, Curtis apologised following a complaint by the British Stammering Association about 2011 Comic Relief's opening skit, a parody by Lenny Henry of the film "The King's Speech" add something


2012

It stars Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson and Vanessa Kirby and was shot during the summer of 2012 add something

 

Rachel McAdams - McAdams starred in 2012's romantic drama "The Vow", and will next appear in Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder", Brian De Palma's "Passion", Richard Curtis's "About Time", and Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man"

 

Margot Robbie - In May 2012, Fiona Bryne of the "Herald Sun" reported Robbie had joined the cast of Richard Curtis' romantic comedy, "About Time"


2013

The production, starring Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen, filmed in 2013 in Rio de Janeiro for release in 2014 add something

 

In September 2013, Curtis delivered a screenwriting lecture as part of the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series add something

 

Brenda Blethyn - In March 2013, Blethyn starred along with Hilary Swank in the BBC movie "Mary & Martha", written by Richard Curtis and directed by Phillip Noyce

 

Rachel McAdams - In September 2013, McAdams will star in "About Time", a romantic comedy written and directed by Richard Curtis


2014

He has adapted Roald Dahl's novel "Esio Trot" for a film starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, set to film in early 2014, directed by Dearbhla Walsh add something

 

In 2014, Curtis publicly backed "Hacked Off" and its campaign in support of UK press self-regulation by "safeguarding the press from political interference while giving vital protection to the vulnerable add something

 

In August 2014, Curtis was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to "The Guardian" opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue add something


2015

He has adapted Roald Dahl's novel "Esio Trot" for television in a film starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, directed by Dearbhla Walsh and broadcast on BBC on 1 January 2015 add something


2017

Four Weddings and a Funeral - It was reported in November 2017 that writer/director Richard Curtis was developing an anthology television series based upon the film with producers including Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton for streaming service Hulu


2018

He has written an untitled musical/comedy script that is set to film in the summer of 2018, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Lily James add something

 

It began filming on 21 April 2018 and will be released on June 28, 2019 add something

 

Four Weddings and a Funeral - On 5 December 2018, it was announced that Richard Curtis has written "One Red Nose Day and a Wedding", a 25th anniversary reunion short film, to be directed by the original film's director, Mike Newell