At the tender age
of 55, Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes had his first
novel, SNOBS, published in the United States in 2005. His second,
PAST IMPERFECT, was a Richard and Judy Summer Pick before being
published Stateside in September.
Born in Egypt, where his father was in the British Embassy,
Fellowes grew up in England and attended Cambridge. After going to
drama school, he was a "jobbing actor for ages" and appeared in
more than 40 movies and TV shows. Feeling in need of a Plan B,
Fellowes turned to writing and worked for a while for BBC TV, where
he adapted LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY and THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER for
the small screen.
Subsequently he wrote a screenplay for Anthony Trollope's THE
EUSTACE DIAMONDS, which caught the eye of producer Bob Balaban, who
was looking for a British society insider to write a screenplay for
a murder mystery. "And so Gosford Park was born, and so
was the rest of my life," Fellowes explained.
In addition to Gosford Park, Fellowes wrote the screenplay
for Mira Nair's Vanity Fair and the book for the London
and Broadway productions of Mary Poppins. He also wrote
and directed Separate Lies, which he described in 2005 as
"a French film in English, about middle-class people being
unhappily married, which will doubtless be steamrollered in the
Big, Bad World, but I love it and I loved making it, so I have no
sad tales to tell."
In 2006 and 2007, Fellowes was the host of the BBC TV panel game
show “Never Mind the Full Stops.” He wrote the
screenplay for The Young Victoria, which will open in the
U.S. in December, and has other screenplays to his credit,
including Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.
He and wife Emma Kitchener, a great-niece of the first Lord
Kitchener and a lady-in-waiting to Princess Michael of Kent, live
in "Hardy country" near Dorchester.