Christopher Hampton

Screenwriter, Playwright, Director
Like his literary hero, the 19th Century French poet Arthur Rimbaud, writer Christopher Hampton found professional success at a young age. When his play "When Did You Last See My Mother" (1966) opened at the Royal Court ... Read more »
Born: 01/25/1946

Filmography

Writer (25)

Ali & Nino 2014 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Man Who Came to a Village 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Adore 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The BET Honors 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Writer

A Dangerous Method 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chéri 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Coco Before Chanel 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Atonement 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Dangerous Liaisons 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Imagining Argentina 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Quiet American 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Mary Reilly 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Secret Agent 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Carrington 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Total Eclipse 1995 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Total Eclipse 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tales From Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Writer

The Ginger Tree 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Writer

Dangerous Liaisons 1988 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Dangerous Liaisons 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Good Father 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wolf at the Door 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beyond the Limit 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tales From the Vienna Woods 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Doll's House 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (3)

Imagining Argentina 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Secret Agent 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Carrington 1995 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Chéri 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dangerous Liaisons 1988 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Actor (1)

Total Eclipse 1995 (Movie)

The Judge (Actor)

Biography

Like his literary hero, the 19th Century French poet Arthur Rimbaud, writer Christopher Hampton found professional success at a young age. When his play "When Did You Last See My Mother" (1966) opened at the Royal Court Theater in London, Hampton was just 20 years old - the youngest playwright ever to have opened a play in the West End. But unlike Rimbaud, who gave up creative writing altogether before he reached 21, Hampton went on to a long and illustrious career as a playwright, screenwriter, film director and translator. Along the way, he picked up an Academy Award for his screenplay adaptation of the hit film "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988) and enjoyed one of the most charmed writing lives an artist can imagine having, working exclusively on prestigious projects in a variety of mediums.

Relationships

Dorothy Patience Hampton

Mother
British

Bernard Hampton

Father
British

Alice Hampton

Daughter
Born c. 1974 mother, Laura Margaret d'Holesch

Mary Hampton

Daughter
Born c. 1976 mother, Laura Margaret d'Holesch

Joanna Heyningen

Companion
Dated during college no longer together

Laura d'Holesch

Wife
Of Hungarian descent married in 1971 mother of his two daughters

EDUCATION

University of Oxford

Oxford , England 1964 - 1968
Was involved in theatre

Reigate Prep School

1956 - 1959

Lancing College

1959 - 1963

Milestones

2011

Wrote the screenplay for David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" based on his play "The Talking Cure" and John Kerr's book A Most Dangerous Method

2009

Re-teamed with Stephen Frears to write the film adaptation of "Cheri" by French author Colette; also executive produced

2007

Adapted the novel Atonement for the big screen, which starred James McAvoy and Keira Knightley; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay

2003

Wrote and directed "Imagining Argentina" set during the Dirty War in the 1970s Buenos Aires

2002

Penned the screenplay for "The Quiet American"

2001

Collaborated with composer Frank Wildhorn and lyricist Don Black on a musical version of "Dracula"

2001

Translated Yasmina Reza's play "Life x 3" into English; performed at the Royal National Theatre

1996

Re-teamed with director Stephen Frears to write the screenplay adaptation of "Mary Reilly"

1996

Translated Yasmina Reza's three-character play "Art"

1996

Wrote the screenplay for "The Secret Agent"

1995

Feature directorial debut, "Carrington"; also wrote script

1995

Adapted play as feature "Total Eclipse"

1993

Collaborated with Don Black on the book and lyrics for the stage musical "Sunset Boulevard" (moved to Broadway in 1995)

1992

Wrote British TV adaptation of "Tales From Hollywood" starring Jeremy Irons and Alec Guinness

1991

Wrote the autobiographical play "White Chameleon"

1988

Adapted his play into the feature film "Dangerous Liaisons"; directed by Stephen Frears

1985

Breakthrough stage work, "Les Liaisons Dangereuse," based on the epistolary novel by Choderlos de Laclos

1983

Adapted the Graham Greene novel "The Honorary Consul" to the screen as "Beyond the Limit"

1982

Penned "Tales From Hollywood," about the German expatriate community in Southern California in the late 1930s, early 1940s

1976

Wrote the play "Treats"

1973

First film as screenwriter, "A Doll's House," based on Ibsen play

1972

Broadway debut as playwright, "The Philanthropist"

1968

Resident dramatist at Royal Court Theatre in London

1968

Penned "Total Eclipse," about the relationship between Rimbaud and Verlaine

1967

Moved to Hamburg, Germany and worked as a dramturg at Schauspielhaus

1967

First American production, "When Did You Last See My Mother?" off-off-Broadway

1966

First stage play produced, "When Did You Last See My Mother?" at Royal Court Theatre in London

1956

Forced to leave Alexandria, Egypt when the Suez Canal crisis occurred

Sent to boarding school in England

Lived in Aden and Egypt as a child

Family moved to Hong Kong and Zanzibar

Bonus Trivia

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Hampton served with the Royal Society of Literature. He has been a council member since 1984.

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