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Richard Curtis is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Executive Producer British born on 8 november 1956 at Wellington (Nouvelle zelande)

Richard Curtis

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Birth name Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 8 november 1956 (62 years) at Wellington (Nouvelle zelande)
Awards Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Primetime Emmy Award, Writers Guild of America Award

Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born 8 November 1956) is an English screenwriter, music producer, actor and film director. One of Britain's most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, Love Actually and The Girl in the Café, as well as the hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. He is also the founder of the British charity Comic Relief along with Lenny Henry. In 2007, Curtis was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Biography

Richard Curtis est né en 1956 en Nouvelle-Zélande, de parents australiensmais a grandi dans diverses parties du monde, et notamment à Manille (Philippines) et Stockholm (Suède) car son père, important dirigeant de la firme Unilever, était souvent muté pour des raisons professionnelles.

Il est arrivé en Grande-Bretagne à l'âge de onze ans, et a fait des études d'anglais (langue et littérature) à l'université d'Oxford. C'est là qu'il a rencontré celui qui deviendra son partenaire d'écriture privilégié, Rowan Atkinson. Leur carrière commence sur la BBC-2, chaîne pour laquelle ils écrivent la série Not the Nine O'Clock News, après avoir été remarqués lors d'une performance donnée au Festival d'Édimbourg. Si le souhait de Richard Curtis était au départ de devenir acteur (il ne s'est tourné vers l'écriture que pour pouvoir s'écrire des rôles), son succès en tant que scénariste s'est vite révélé. Ainsi, le duo continue avec l'écriture de la série Blackadder, interprétée par Rowan Atkinson, qui a été primée en Grande-Bretagne ainsi qu'aux États-Unis (un épisode a spécialement été écrit pour être diffusé au London Millenium Dome pour le passage à l'an 2000). C'est également ensemble qu'ils ont créé le personnage de Mr. Bean, et Richard Curtis a écrit plusieurs épisodes de la série.

Dans les années 1980, il commence à écrire pour le cinéma. Le premier film important dont il écrit le scénario est The Tall Guy, qui est aussi le premier rôle au cinéma d'Emma Thompson, aujourd'hui célèbre actrice britannique. Ce film marque aussi le début de ce qui deviendra le genre de prédilection du scénariste : la comédie romantique. Mais le succès international n'arrive qu'en 1994 avec Quatre mariages et un enterrement, à l'époque film le plus rentable du cinéma par rapport à sa mise de départ (il a depuis été battu par Le Projet Blair Witch). Ce film est aussi la première collaboration de Curtis et de Hugh Grant, devenu depuis son acteur « fétiche ». Enchaînant les succès commerciaux au fil des ans, il passe en 2003 derrière la caméra et réalise Love actually.

En 2008, il crée avec Anthony Minghella la série L'Agence N°1 des dames détectives adaptée des romans d'Alexander McCall Smith et produite par HBO et la BBC

À nouveau en 2009, Curtis use de ses talents de réalisateurs pour réunir Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy et Rhys Ifans dans Good Morning England, comédie racontant l'histoire de Radio Rock, une des nombreuses stations de radio pirates des années 1960 en Grande-Bretagne. Il s'agit de sa deuxième collaboration avec Bill Nighy et Emma Thompson, qui avaient joué dans Love Actually.

En 2013, Richard Curtis fait jouer ensemble pour la comédie fantastique Il était temps Bill Nighy et Rachel McAdams, pour laquelle il est notamment primé au Festival de San Sebastian, recevant le Prix du Public - Meilleur film européen.

Best films

Notting Hill (1999)
(Scriptwriter)
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
(Scriptwriter)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
(Scriptwriter)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
(Scriptwriter)
Bean (1997)
(Scriptwriter)
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
(Writer)

Usually with

Tim Bevan
Tim Bevan
(10 films)
Eric Fellner
Eric Fellner
(10 films)
Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(4 films)
Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Richard Curtis (23 films)

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Actor

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, 1h46
Directed by Ron Howard
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Concert, Musical films, Les Beatles
Actors Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, Richard Curtis, Whoopi Goldberg
Roles Himself
Rating77% 3.896843.896843.896843.896843.89684
Le documentaire explore les premières années de la carrière du groupe et tente d'expliquer la synergie qui liait John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison et Ringo Starr qui a permis de les amener vers les sommets des palmarès mondiaux pour devenir un phénomène culturel global.
Love Actually, 2h15
Directed by Richard Curtis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Christmas films, La provence, Films about marriage
Actors Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rory MacGregor, Laura Linney
Roles Trombone Player (uncredited)
Rating75% 3.797633.797633.797633.797633.79763
The film begins with a voiceover from David (Hugh Grant) commenting that whenever he gets gloomy with the state of the world he thinks about the arrivals terminal at Heathrow Airport, and the pure uncomplicated love felt as friends and families welcome their arriving loved ones. David's voiceover also relates that all the messages left by the people who died on the 9/11 planes were messages of love and not hate. The film then tells the 'love stories' of many people:

Director

About Time
About Time (2013)
, 2h3
Directed by Richard Curtis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Time travel films
Actors Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Aiysha Hart, Margot Robbie, Tom Hollander
Rating78% 3.9007053.9007053.9007053.9007053.900705
Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is a young man from Cornwall, England. He grows up in a house by the sea with his father (Bill Nighy), his mother (Lindsay Duncan), his absent-minded uncle (Richard Cordery), and his free-spirited sister, Katherine (Lydia Wilson), who is known to family and friends as Kit Kat. At the age of 21, Tim is told by his father that the men of his family have a special gift: the ability to travel in time. This supernatural ability is subject to one constraint - they can only travel to places and times they have been before. After his father discourages Tim from using his gift to acquire money or fame, he decides that he will use it to improve his love life.
The Boat That Rocked, 2h15
Directed by Richard Curtis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Christmas films, Radio, Musical films
Actors Tom Sturridge, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Will Adamsdale
Rating73% 3.6993153.6993153.6993153.6993153.699315
In 1966, numerous pirate radio stations broadcast to the United Kingdom from ships anchored in international waters, specialising in rock and pop music that is not played on BBC Radio. Seventeen-year-old Carl (Tom Sturridge), recently expelled from school, is sent to stay with his godfather Quentin (Bill Nighy), who runs the station "Radio Rock" anchored in the North Sea. The eclectic crew of disc jockeys and staffers, led by the brash American DJ "The Count" (Philip Seymour Hoffman), quickly accept Carl as one of their own.
Love Actually, 2h15
Directed by Richard Curtis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Christmas films, La provence, Films about marriage
Actors Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rory MacGregor, Laura Linney
Rating75% 3.797633.797633.797633.797633.79763
The film begins with a voiceover from David (Hugh Grant) commenting that whenever he gets gloomy with the state of the world he thinks about the arrivals terminal at Heathrow Airport, and the pure uncomplicated love felt as friends and families welcome their arriving loved ones. David's voiceover also relates that all the messages left by the people who died on the 9/11 planes were messages of love and not hate. The film then tells the 'love stories' of many people:

Scriptwriter

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Lily James, Julie Walters
Roles Story
Rating68% 3.4070453.4070453.4070453.4070453.407045
Sur l'île paradisiaque de Kalokairi, Sophie, qui a du mal à gérer sa grossesse, va trouver le réconfort auprès des amies de sa mère Donna, qui vont lui conseiller de prendre exemple sur le parcours de cette dernière.
Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, 1h28
Directed by Dearbhla Walsh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about animals
Actors Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman, James Corden, Katie Lyons, Richard Cordery, Geoffrey McGivern
Roles Writer
Rating69% 3.4988853.4988853.4988853.4988853.498885
À Londres, M. Hoppy, biologiste à la retraite, tombe amoureux de sa voisine, M Silver. Mais la vieille dame n'a d'yeux que pour Alfie, sa tortue. Apprenant qu'elle souhaite que son animal grandisse, M. Hoppy se met à acheter une centaine de spécimens, les uns plus grands que les autres, et s'amuse à les remplacer jour après jour pour faire croire à M Silver que la taille d'Alfie prenne de l'ampleur. Mais les choses se compliquent lorsque M. Pringle, un autre voisin lui aussi épris de M Silver, retrouve Alfie dans le couloir, révélant ainsi par inadvertance la supercherie de M. Hoppy...
Trash
Trash (2014)
, 1h53
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Adventure, Crime
Actors Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Selton Mello, Leandro Firmino
Rating71% 3.5985953.5985953.5985953.5985953.598595
Trash follows three Brazilian street teenagers; Raphael, Gardo, and Rat (Jun-Jun) who spend their time picking through litter in the hope of finding useful waste. One day they discover a wallet whose contents will bring them into conflict with the brutal local police force as they find themselves unlikely whistleblowers in a city rife with corruption. Rather than turn the wallet over to the authorities for a reward, the kids seek the knowledge of a priest, Father Juilliard (Martin Sheen) and an NGO-worker, Olivia (Rooney Mara).
Mary and Martha, 1h30
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Hilary Swank, Brenda Blethyn, Frank Grillo, Perla Haney-Jardine, Sam Claflin, James Woods
Roles Writer
Rating68% 3.4467753.4467753.4467753.4467753.446775
The film tells the story of two very different women, Mary (Hilary Swank) and Martha (Brenda Blethyn), who both lose their sons to malaria.
About Time
About Time (2013)
, 2h3
Directed by Richard Curtis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Time travel films
Actors Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Aiysha Hart, Margot Robbie, Tom Hollander
Roles Writer
Rating78% 3.9007053.9007053.9007053.9007053.900705
Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is a young man from Cornwall, England. He grows up in a house by the sea with his father (Bill Nighy), his mother (Lindsay Duncan), his absent-minded uncle (Richard Cordery), and his free-spirited sister, Katherine (Lydia Wilson), who is known to family and friends as Kit Kat. At the age of 21, Tim is told by his father that the men of his family have a special gift: the ability to travel in time. This supernatural ability is subject to one constraint - they can only travel to places and times they have been before. After his father discourages Tim from using his gift to acquire money or fame, he decides that he will use it to improve his love life.
War Horse
War Horse (2011)
, 2h26
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Films about animals, Théâtre, Films about horses, Political films, Films based on plays, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Benedict Cumberbatch
Roles Writer
Rating71% 3.599933.599933.599933.599933.59993
In 1912, a teenage boy named Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) from Devon, England, witnesses the birth of a Bay Thoroughbred foal and subsequently watches with admiration the growth of the young horse. Much to the dismay of his mother Rose (Emily Watson), his father Ted (Peter Mullan) buys the colt at auction, despite their needing a more suitable plough horse for the farm work. Albert's best friend, Andrew Easton (Matt Milne), watches as Albert teaches his colt many things, such as to come when he imitates the call of an owl by blowing through his cupped hands.
No Pressure, 4minutes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Lyndsey Marshal, Gillian Anderson
Roles Writer
Rating59% 2.951092.951092.951092.951092.95109
The four-minute film consists of a series of short scenes in which groups of people are asked if they are interested in participating in the 10:10 project to reduce carbon emissions. Those failing to show enthusiasm for the cause are gruesomely blown to pieces.
The Boat That Rocked, 2h15
Directed by Richard Curtis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Christmas films, Radio, Musical films
Actors Tom Sturridge, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Will Adamsdale
Roles Writer
Rating73% 3.6993153.6993153.6993153.6993153.699315
In 1966, numerous pirate radio stations broadcast to the United Kingdom from ships anchored in international waters, specialising in rock and pop music that is not played on BBC Radio. Seventeen-year-old Carl (Tom Sturridge), recently expelled from school, is sent to stay with his godfather Quentin (Bill Nighy), who runs the station "Radio Rock" anchored in the North Sea. The eclectic crew of disc jockeys and staffers, led by the brash American DJ "The Count" (Philip Seymour Hoffman), quickly accept Carl as one of their own.