William Nicholson

Screenwriter, Playwright, Director
A highly regarded screenwriter as well as novelist and playwright, William Nicholson earned Oscar nominations for "Shadowlands" (1993) and "Gladiator" (2000), as well as major television award nominations for "A Private ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1947 in England, GB

Filmography

Writer (22)

Everest 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Light Between Oceans 2014 (Movie)

(previous draft) (Screenplay)

Unbroken 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Misérables 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Elizabeth: The Golden Age 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grey Owl 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Firelight 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

First Knight 1995 (Movie)

(From Story)

First Knight 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nell 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shadowlands 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shadowlands 1993 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Sweet As You Are 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sarafina! 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The March 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Shadowlands 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

The Vision 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

New World 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Private Matter (TV Show)

Screenplay

Crime of the Century (TV Show)

Screenplay

Double Helix (TV Show)

Screenplay
Director (1)

Firelight 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

Biography

A highly regarded screenwriter as well as novelist and playwright, William Nicholson earned Oscar nominations for "Shadowlands" (1993) and "Gladiator" (2000), as well as major television award nominations for "A Private Matter" (HBO, 1992) and "Crime of the Century" (HBO, 1996) while enjoying a string of best-selling novels for young and adult readers, including the popular Wind on Fire (2000-2002) trilogy. His Catholic education informed many of his screen projects, which frequently dealt with issues of faith and spiritual identity with a non-secular context; the depth and emotional honesty of his writing reaped numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic, though Nicholson's attempt to launch a directing career with 1997's "Firelight" was largely ignored. He turned to novel writing with the Wind on Fire series, which became worldwide favorites among young readers. Nicholson subsequently divided his time between novels, Tony-nominated plays like "The Retreat from Moscow" (2004), and feature films, which soon included "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007) and the film version of "Les Misérables" (2012). The quality of William Nicholson's body of written work made him among the most celebrated writers in multiple mediums.

Relationships

Virginia Nicholson

Wife
Daughter of Quentin Bell, granddaughter of painter Vanessa Bell, and the great-niece of writer Virginia Woolf Married c. 1988

Edmund Nicholson

Son

EDUCATION

Christ's College, University of Cambridge

Milestones

2012

Wrote screenplay for feature adaptation of popular musical drama "Les Misérables," directed by Tom Hooper

2009

Wrote and directed short film "Strife"

2007

Co-penned "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," a sequel to the award-winning feature "Elizabeth" (1998)

2000

Contributed to the script of "Gladiator"; shared Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination

1999

Reteamed with Attenborough to pen "Grey Owl"

1998

Feature directorial debut, "Firelight"; also wrote screenplay

1996

Scripted the HBO TV-movie "Crime of the Century" about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case; garnered Emmy nomination

1994

Co-wrote (with playwright Mark Handley) the screenplay for "Nell"

1993

Wrote feature adaptation of "Shadowlands," starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger; earned Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay

1992

Scripted the HBO TV-movie "A Private Matter"

1992

Wrote film version of the South African musical "Sarafina!"

1989

Adapted "Shadowlands" for the stage; produced in London and NYC, starring Nigel Hawthorne

1987

Scripted TV drama "Life Story" (BBC); aired in U.S. as "Double Helix/The Search for the Double Helix" on A&E

1986

First feature screenplay, "New World"

1985

Wrote BBC drama "Shadowlands," starring Claire Bloom and Joss Ackland

Joined BBC's graduate trainee program after graduation from Cambridge

From mid-1970s to mid-1980s, produced and/or wrote more than 40 documentaries for the BBC

Bonus Trivia

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"I was so intrigued with the idea of this wild woman/child. When we first meet Nell, we feel she is deprived, but maybe it is we who are deprived. Who is to say that someone who lives alone without all of the conveniences of modern society must be unhappy?" – Nicholson on writing Jodie Foster's title role in "Nell" (1994)

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