Guy Ritchie

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Though he may have enjoyed cultivating his image as a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, British filmmaker Guy Ritchie roots were steeped in England's upper class. Nonetheless, Ritchie directed some of the most ... Read more »
Born: 09/09/1968 in Hertfordshire, England, GB

Filmography

Director (10)

Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Sherlock Holmes 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

RocknRolla 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Revolver 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Swept Away 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Snatch 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gamekeeper (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (7)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

RocknRolla 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Revolver 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Swept Away 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Snatch 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

RocknRolla 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mean Machine 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

Top Gear 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Though he may have enjoyed cultivating his image as a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, British filmmaker Guy Ritchie roots were steeped in England's upper class. Nonetheless, Ritchie directed some of the most stylish caper comedies about blue collar thugs and other lower class misfits ever to emerge from his native land. Starting with "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1999), the director arrived onto the filmmaking landscape with a unique twist on an old genre that gainfully employed flashy camera moves, punchy dialogue tinged with thick Cockney accents, and a seemingly endless series of double-crosses that landed a motley crew of East End thugs in more trouble than they ever wanted. Ritchie built on the attention he received from "Lock, Stock" with a second London crime saga, "Snatch" (2000), which some complained was nothing more than a variation on his previous film. Though he temporarily became a laughingstock - along with his pop megastar wife, Madonna - for their dismal remake, "Swept Away" (2002), Ritchie nonetheless had tried something different. But, in the end, it was his knack for stylish crime comedies that earned his greatest due, which was exemplified by Ritchie's sharp return to form with "Rocknrolla" (2008).

Relationships

Madonna Actor

Wife
Began dating 1999 after being introduced by Trudie Styler and Sting Married Dec. 22, 2000 in Scotland Amidst rumors of growing estrangement, announced plans to divorce October 2008 Divorce finalized Nov. 21, 2008

Jacqui Ainsely

Companion
Began dating 2010 Engaged October 2012

David Banda

Son
With wife Madonna, took custody of motherless one year-old boy from Malawi Oct. 12, 2006 Adoption finalized May 2008

Kevin Bayton

Half-Brother

Rebecca Green

Companion
Daughter of British tycoon Michael Green Her parents reportedly financed "The Hard Case" (1995), Ritchie's short film that became his calling card for "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1999)

Michael Leighton

Step-Father
Eleventh holder of a 300-year-old baronetcy Divorced from Guy's mother by the time he was 12

Lourdes Leon

Step-Daughter
Born Oct. 14, 1996 to Madonna and Carlos Leon

Amber Parkinson

Mother
Divorced Guy's father when he was five; later married Sir Michael Leighton

John Ritchie

Father
Born c. 1929; responsible for the legendary commercials for Hamlet cigars Divorced from Guy's mother when he was five

Shireen Ritchie

Step-Mother

Rocco Ritchie

Son
Born Aug. 11, 2000; mother, Madonna

Tabitha Ritchie

Sister
Ran a dance center

Rafael Ritchie

Son
Born Sept. 5, 2011; father, Guy Ritchie

EDUCATION

Sibford School

Oxfordshire
Attended with his sister but was expelled once again

Stanbridge Earls School

Hampshire
A private preparatory school; expelled at age of 15 for allegedly snorting speed on sports day

Earned a GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in film studies

Milestones

2011

Helmed the sequel "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"; Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law reprised roles

2009

Directed the film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional character "Sherlock Holmes," starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson

2008

Directed (also produced and scripted) the Russian mob drama "RocknRolla" starring Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton and Tom Wilkinson

2007

Developed the concept for the 10-issue limited series comic book The Gamekeeper (Virgin Comics)

2005

Helmed the Vegas-themed heist film "Revolver"; film was also critically panned

2003

Developed the hidden camera show "Swag," which aired on Britain’s Channel 5

2002

Directed Madonna in "Swept Away," a remake of the 1974 Italian film; was both a critical and commercial disappointment

2001

Directed "Star," one of five short film advertisements for BMW shown on the Internet at bmwfilms.com; Madonna had featured role

2001

Helmed Madonna's music video for "What It Feels Like for a Girl"

2000

Co-wrote and produced "Lock, Stock and Four Stolen Hooves" (Channel 4) the pilot for seven-part British TV series based on the feature "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"

2000

Follow-up feature, "Snatch" starring much of the "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" cast (Jason Flemying, Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham) and Brad Pitt released in the U.K.; on the strength of his debut, Sony committed to film without reading a script; co

2000

Arrested May 17 for alledgedly assaulting a man outside the $2.7 million mansion he was renting with his then-girlfriend Madonna, who was five months pregnant at the time

1998

Debut feature as writer-director, "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"; first film with producing partner, Matthew Vaughn; a friend of Ritchie's had aroused Vaughn's interest by lying that he had collaborated with playwright Peter Shaffer on the "Lock, S

1995

Made 20-minute short film "The Hard Case"

1993

Hired as a runner for Soho film producers (date approximate)

Began working construction jobs at age 17

After washing out of Standbridge Earls School at age 15, worked at Island Records

Following parents' divorce, spent much of his youth at Loton Park, the 17th-century home of his baronet stepfather, Sir Michael Leighton

Directed about 20 music videos as well as a few commercials

Split time between Fulham and Hatfield until parents divorced

Bonus Trivia

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"Financing was extremely difficult. We very nearly gave up, because we got the money pulled from us four days before shooting, and that was a blow I was hardly capable of bearing. Especially after all the other blows that we'd had running up to that period. So we got left with 200-grand's worth of debts and everyone hated us, you know, and we couldn't show our faces in public for a month. We got shat on from a great height, and consequently all the people who'd been working for us out of the goodness of their hearts and without payment got shat on as well. But we finally got it together." – Ritchie on getting "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" made, quoted in Neon, January 1999

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"There's nothing I enjoy more than a good story about a villain; people on the wrong side of the law are highly entertaining. Maybe it's because they're not conforming; they're doing what we're all sensibly scared to do. The whole job of intimidation is when to be funny and when not. These guys are actors; they know how to put on a show." – Ritchie quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 23, 1999

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"I think English filmmaking has always been a bit up its own ass. It traditionally has just lacked entertainment. Apart from people like David Lean, I think English filmmaking has always been better suited for the TV rather than the cinema and I wanted to spice things up a bit." – Ritchie in Detour Magazine, March 1999

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"The only thing that really pisses me off is that so much of this stuff is lazy. There was no journalism involved. Everyone just copied everyone else. Once they'd done the 'Cockney Toff' angle, they got stuck. There was nowhere else for them to go. And people copy each others' mistakes. They just go on and on uncorrected. I mean, I've never claimed that I lived in the East End for 30 years. Before you know it, there's a profile of your whole life that is largely fictional. I'm not losing any sleep over it one way or the other." – Ritchie on the press' coverage of him, to Neil Norman in London's Evening Standard, May 22, 2000

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On May 18, 2000, Ritchie was arrested by the police after he assaulted a 20-year-old man outside the Kensington home he shared with the singer.

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"I'd like to say I don't care what critics think, but they insidiously manage to work their way into your psyche." – Ritchie to Movieline, October 2002

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