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's roots were in England's upper class. Nonetheless, Ritchie directed some of the most ... Read more »
Born: 09/10/1968 in Hertfordshire, England, GB

Filmography

Director (10)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 2017 (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 (8)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 2017 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

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

(Screenplay)

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

(Story By)

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 (4)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 2017 (Movie)

(Producer)

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

(Producer)

RocknRolla 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mean Machine 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (2)

The Guv'nor 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

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's roots were 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 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. He soon reinvented himself as a capable director of mainstream Hollywood fare with hits like "Sherlock Holmes" (2009) and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (2015).

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

2016

Helmed the epic "Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur" starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role.

2015

Rebooted the '60s espionage TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." with a film starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer

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"

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 film by Lina Wertmueller

2001

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

2001

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

2000

Made his second feature, "Snatch," starring much of the "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" cast plus Brad Pitt.

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"

1998

Debuted as writer-director with "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"; first film with producing partner, Matthew Vaughn

1995

Made 20-minute short film "The Hard Case"

1993

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

Bonus Trivia

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After washing out of Standbridge Earls School at age 15, Ritchie worked briefly at Island Records before turning to construction jobs.

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In lieu of attending film school, Ritchie took a crash course in directing music videos. "In my first year, I did 20 videos back to back, really crappy ones with sort of German rave bands. But there were advantages to that: The madder you went, the greater they thought it was." -- Los Angeles Times, January 23, 1999

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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 Madonna.

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