Richard Curtis

Writer, Producer, Director
Best known as the screenwriter of the popular British romantic comedies "Four Weddings and A Funeral" (1994) and "Notting Hill" (1999), Richard Curtis has also worked with some of England's finest comedians and biggest ... Read more »
Born: 11/08/1956 in Wellington, NZ

Filmography

Writer (23)

Trash 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

About Time 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mary and Martha 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Writer

War Horse 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Doctor Who 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Writer

Pirate Radio 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Bean's Holiday 2007 (Movie)

(from original character) (Source Material)

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blackadder: Back & Forth 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Writer

Bridget Jones's Diary 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Notting Hill 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ohh Nooo!!! Mr. Bill Presents 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Writer

Blackadder Back and Forth 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bean 1997 (Movie)

from character (Characters as Source Material)

Bean 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Four Weddings and A Funeral 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Bean 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Writer

Rowan Atkinson: Not Just Another Pretty Face 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Writer

Bernard and the Genie 1990 (Movie)

(Miniseries for BBC) (Screenplay)

Blackadder's Christmas Carol 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

The Tall Guy 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Not the Nine O'Clock News 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (15)

About Time 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pirate Radio 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Sixty Six 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Idol Gives Back 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mr. Bean's Holiday 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Notting Hill 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bean 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Four Weddings and A Funeral 1994 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Bernard and the Genie 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Robbie The Reindeer in Hooves of Fire (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Girl in the Café (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (3)

About Time 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Pirate Radio 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

(Director)
Executive (1)

Mr. Bean (TV Show)

Development Executive

Biography

Best known as the screenwriter of the popular British romantic comedies "Four Weddings and A Funeral" (1994) and "Notting Hill" (1999), Richard Curtis has also worked with some of England's finest comedians and biggest stars, his most frequent collaborator being fellow Oxford alumnus Rowan Atkinson. A New Zealander by birth who lived in various locales due to his father's business commitments, Curtis attended Oxford University's Christ Church College, where he majored in English and met graduate student Atkinson. The two quickly became creative partners, leading to a hit performance at 1979's Edinburgh Festival that brought the pair notice and an offer for the BBC-2 series "Not the Nine O'Clock News". Written by Curtis and Atkinson and starring Atkinson alongside a cast including future director Mel Smith, this irreverent and influential sketch comedy program ran from 1979 to 1982. In 1983, Curtis and Atkinson teamed up to write the 15th Century set comedy "The Black Adder", starring Atkinson as an unsavory son of King Richard IV. The series would be reborn in 1986, with co-writer Ben Elton collaborating with Curtis as "Blackadder II", starring Atkinson alongside Miranda Richardson as Queen Elizabeth I as a lord of her court, a direct descendant of the original series' subject, and equally as slimy and scheming. The following year, Elton and Curtis created "Black Adder the Third", this time with Atkinson playing the butler of Hugh Laurie's Prince Regent in a French Revolution-era England. 1988's special "Black Adder's Christmas Carol" featured Atkinson as old Ebenezer, alongside such British luminaries as Robbie Coltrane, Miriam Margolyes and Stephen Fry as well as series veterans Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie and Miranda Richardson. In 1989, Atkinson and company completed the (to date) last installment, "Blackadder Goes Forth". Also penned by Elton and Curtis, this chapter starred Captain Blackadder, battling on the frontlines of northern France during World War I.

Relationships

Glynne Curtis

Mother

Rachel Curtis

Daughter
Born January 24, 1986 mother, Emma Freud

Charles Curtis

Son
Mother, Emma Freud

James Curtis

Son
Mother, Emma Freud

Helen Fielding

Companion
Author of Bridget Jones's Diary dated in college remained friends and convinced Curtis to make "Four Weddings and a Funeral" as opposed to his initial idea "Four Weddings and a Honeymoon"

Emma Freud

Companion
Great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud and the daughter of politician and broadcaster Sir Clement Freud

EDUCATION

University of Oxford

Oxford , England
Met and began working with Rowan Atkinson

Harrow School

Milestones

2011

Co-wrote (with Lee Hall) the screenplay for "War Horse," directed by Steven Spielberg; film was based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and the 2007 stage adaptation of the same name

2009

Co-wrote and co-produced the adaptation of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" with Anthony Minghella (aired on the BBC and HBO)

2009

Directed and wrote the comedy film "Pirate Radio," about a fictitious radio station broadcasting from a ship to the United Kingdom

2007

Re-teamed with Atkinson to executive produce "Mr. Bean's Holiday"

2005

Scripted the British TV drama "The Girl in the Cafe," starring Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald; produced by the BBC and HBO

2004

Co-wrote the sequel "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," again starring Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant

2003

Directed first feature, the ensemble comedy drama "Love Actually"; film featured Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Bill Nighy; also wrote screenplay; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay

2001

Co-penned the adaptation of "Bridget Jones's Diary" from the bestselling novel by Helen Fielding; co-starred Hugh Grant and Renée Zellweger as single gal Bridget

1999

Wrote the romantic comedy film "Notting Hill," starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts

1997

Wrote and produced "Bean," the film adaptation of the popular TV series starring Atkinson

1994

Created the British sitcom "The Vicar of Dibley" (BBC1); also wrote and produced

1994

Co-executive produced and wrote the British comedy "Four Weddings and a Funeral"; first collaboration with actor Hugh Grant; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay

1991

Wrote the British TV-movie "Bernard and the Genie," starring Alan Cumming and Rowan Atkinson

1990

Wrote the successful ITV comedy "Mr. Bean" (aired in the U.S. on HBO from 1992-94); starred Atkinson in the title role

1989

Made feature screenwriting debut with "The Tall Guy"; directed by Mel Smith

1989

Co-wrote with Elton "Blackadder Goes Forth," the last installment of the series starring Atkinson, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry

1988

Penned "Black Adder's Christmas Carol," a biting retelling of the Dickens classic

1987

Co-wrote with Elton "Black Adder the Third," starring Atkinson as a butler to Hugh Laurie's Prince Regent

1986

Collaborated writer Ben Elton on "Blackadder II," starring Atkinson as a direct descendant of his character in the first series

1983

Co-wrote with Atkinson "The Black Adder" (BBC-1); Atkinson also starred as the title character

1979

Wrote for BBC-2's "Not the Nine O'Clock News," a sketch comedy show featuring Atkinson and Mel Smith

Met Rowan Atkinson while attending Oxford University

Bonus Trivia

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

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Curtis on the popularity of his films: "I think the things I've done have proved that there's no such thing as 'generic British humor.' I've never been able to see the difference between American and British humor." – quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 26, 1997

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"Getting older and more familified, I'm interested in love of different shapes and size. I've been a married man, as it were, for ten years, so I was looking for a change. I thought, if I know how to do the love thing, why not try and do a really different version of it?" – Curtis on his film "Love Actually" to Premiere magazine, December 2003

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