Fellowes, Julian 1950-
FELLOWES, Julian 1950-
PERSONAL: Born 1950, in Egypt; married; wife's name Emma; children: Peregrine. Education: Attended Cambridge University and Webber Douglas School of Drama.
ADDRESSES: Home—Chelsea, West London, England. Agent—c/o USA Films, 100 North Crescent Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
CAREER: Actor, 1981—; screenwriter.
AWARDS, HONORS: Emmy Award, for Little Lord Fauntleroy; Screenwriter of the Year Award, ShoWest, Academy Award, Golden Globe nomination, and New York Film Critics Circle Award, all 2002, all for screenplay for Gosford Park; named one of Ten Screenwriters to Watch, Variety.
Gosford Park (screenplay), 2001.
Author of screenplays Little Lord Fauntleroy, a British Broadcasting Corporation miniseries, and an adaptation of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper.
WORK IN PROGRESS: An adaptation of Debi Gliori's Pure Dead Magic; Eustace Diamonds, an adaptation of Anthony Trollope's novel; an adaptation of Kate O'Riordan's The Angel in the House; an adaptation of P. G. Wodehouse's Picadilly Jim.
SIDELIGHTS: Julian Fellowes started his career as an actor in plays and had roles in over thirty films and television shows. He made the switch from acting to writing in 1994 with the miniseries Little Lord Fauntleroy for the British Broadcasting Corporation, for which he won an Emmy award.
When director Robert Altman was searching for a writer for his film Gosford Park he wanted someone who knew England's class system well. He choose Fellowes because of Fellowes' upbringing and his experiences living in an upper-class English family. Gosford Park is Fellowes' first produced screenplay. For his role as the film's screenwriter Fellowes received an Oscar, a Golden Globe nomination, and a Circle Award from the New York Film Critics. He was also named Screenwriter of the Year by ShoWest in 2002.
Set in 1932 in England in a manor house teaming with servants and the rich family and guests, Gosford Park is a murder mystery in which no one is allowed to leave the house until it is solved. The true story behind Gosford Park, however, is about the English class system. Variety contributor Todd McCarthy noted, "One of the most satisfying of Robert Altman's numerous ensemble pictures."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Daily Variety, February 20, 2002, "Fosh Scribe Basks in the 'Gosford' Glow," p. A1; March 4, 2002, Dave McNary, Lily Oei, "Fellowes, Goldsman Take Top WGA Honors," p. 4.
Entertainment Weekly, April 5, 2002, Julian Fellowes, "My Oscar Diary: What's It Like to Be Served up an Oscar?" p. 78; April 12, 2002, Rebecca Ascher-Walsh, "Reel World: News from Hollywood," p. 46.
Hollywood Reporter, February 26, 2002, Marla Matzer Rose, "ShoWest Travels with Fellowes for Writing Nod," p. 6; March 6, 2002, Dylan Callaghan, "Julian Fellowes: This Year's ShoWest Screenwriter of the Year is Relishing the Glow of his Hollywood Success," p. S30.
New Republic, Stanley Kauffmann, "Promises, Promises," p. 24.
New York, December 24, 2001, Peter Rainer, "Magical Mystery," p. 104.
Variety, November 12, 2001, Todd McCarthy, "Gosford Park: Class Action Suits 'Park,'" p. 27.
BBC News Online,http://news.bbc.co.uk/ (July 19, 2002), "In with the Right Fellowes."
http://Sundance Channel.com,http://www.sundancechannel.com/ (August 28, 2002), "Julian Fellowes."
Writers Guild of America Web site,http://www.wga.org/ (July 19, 2002), Richard Stayton, "The Butler Didn't Write It: Julian Fellowes on Gosford Park."*