Ian McEwan

Screenwriter, Novelist, Oratorio lyricist
Born: 06/21/1948 in AldershotUK


Writer (12)

Atonement 2007 (Movie)

(from novel: "Atonement") (Source Material)

Enduring Love 2004 (Movie)

(from novel:"Enduring Love") (Source Material)

The Innocent 1995 (Movie)


The Innocent 1995 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

The Cement Garden 1994 (Movie)

("The Cement Garden") (Source Material (from novel))

The Good Son 1993 (Movie)


Rozmowa Z Czlowiekiem Z Szafy 1992 (Movie)

from short story (From Story)

The Comfort of Strangers 1991 (Movie)

("The Comfort of Strangers") (Source Material (from novel))

Soursweet 1989 (Movie)


Schmetterlinge 1987 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Ploughman's Lunch 1982 (Movie)


The Imitation Game 1979 (Movie)

Producer (2)

Atonement 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Enduring Love 2004 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)


Penny Allen

Met while both were attending the University of Sussex at Brighton began dating in the 1970s after her divorce married in 1982 divorced in 1995 kidnapped their younger son and took him to France in 1999, after she lost custody of both their sons the boy was later returned to his father

Annalena McAfee

Editor of The Guardian's Review section married in 1997


University of East Anglia

Was the first graduate of Malcolm Bradbury's pioneering creative writing course; met future wife who was also a student

University of Sussex at Brighton

Woolverstone Hall School

Sent to a state-run boarding school at 11 years old



"Atonement" starring James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, was adapted from his novel of the same name


Published the novel, Saturday, which follows an especially eventful day in the life of a successful neurosurgeon


Published the novel, Atonement; was named best novel of 2002 by Time magazine


Awarded the Booker Prize for his novel Amsterdam


Wrote the novel, Enduring Love; adapted into a feature in 2004, starring Daniel Craig, Rhys Ifans and Samantha Morton


US feature screenwriting debut, "The Good Son"


Adapted Timothy Mo's novel, "Soursweet" for a feature directed by Mike Newell


Feature screenwriting debut, "The Ploughman's Lunch," directed by Richard Eyre


Wrote the acclaimed British TV play, "The Imitation Game," directed by Richard Eyre (released theatrically in 1983)


Published his first collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites


Began writing at age 22

Wrote teleplay for "Solid Geometry" for the BBC; banned by BBC for sexual imagery

Spent childhood in Singapore and Libya

Bonus Trivia


McEwan's novel, The Comfort of Strangers was shortlisted for the 1981 Booker Prize.


McEwan's novel, Black Dogs was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize.


His Atonement: A Novel was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize.


McEwan wrote the words for the oratorio "Or Shall We Die" with music by M. Berkeley.


He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in December 1999.