A deft writer with a masterful execution of one-liners, Patrick Marber quickly established himself as one of Britain's most talented and successful contemporary playwrights. Earning critical success with his 1997 play, "Closer," and its subsequent film adaptation, Marber managed to parlay his playwriting talents effectively to the big screen. A former stand-up comedian who got his start in radio and television, Marber went on to direct a number of his own plays at the Royal National Theatre in London as well as productions of Dennis Potter's "Blue Remembered Hills" and David Mamet's "The Old Neighborhood" at the Royal Court Theater. An award-winning playwright, Marber's screenwriting skills also garnered him attention. In 2007, he landed a Golden Globe nomination for the Cate Blanchett-Judi Dench drama, "Notes on a Scandal" (2006), making him one of Hollywood's most sought-after screenwriters.