Julian Fellowes (Writer, Executive Producer)
Julian Fellowes received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for GOSFORD PARK (2002), his first produced film. His work was also honored by the Writer’s Guild of America, The New York Film Critics’ Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for Best Screenplay. Directed by Robert Altman, the film received a total of seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
As creator, sole writer and executive producer of the hit series Downton Abbey, Fellowes has been nominated for ten Emmy Awards. He received Emmy Awards for writing and Outstanding Miniseries or Movie in the first season. For its sixth and final season, the show received ten Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, as well as a nomination for Fellowes for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Downton Abbey is the most nominated non-U.S. show in the history of the Emmys.
In 2005, Fellowes made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed SEPARATE LIES, and received the Best Directorial Debut award from the National Board of Review. His second feature as both writer and director was FROM TIME TO TIME, starring Maggie Smith, which won Best Picture at the Chicago Children’s Film Festival and the Fiuggi Family Festival in Rome.
Other writing credits for film include ROMEO & JULIET, THE TOURIST, THE YOUNG VICTORIA, VANITY FAIR and PICCADILLY JIM, and for television the four-hour mini-series Titanic and Doctor Thorne, based on Anthony Trollope’s novel.
In addition, Fellowes wrote the screenplay for the upcoming DOWNTON ABBEY movie directed by Michael Engler. The film will be released in theaters in September 2019.
Fellowes has also entered into a deal with NBC Universal to create, write and produce the dramatic television series The Gilded Age.
Fellowes has authored three novels: the international bestsellers Snobs, Past Imperfect and Belgravia (currently in production as a six-part series for Carnival, ITV and Epix), and the children’s book The Curious Adventures of the Abandoned Toys.
Fellowes also wrote the “books” for the Tony nominated hit stage production of Mary Poppins, School of Rock – The Musical for which Fellowes earned his first Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical, a new stage production of Half a Sixpence which is based on the novel Kipps: The Story of A Simple Soul by H.G. Wells which played on the West End and The Wind in the Willows based on Kenneth Grahame’s treasured novel which also played in London.
Educated at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire and Magdalene College, Cambridge, Fellowes studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He completed his training in repertory theatre at Northampton and Harrogate before making his West End début in A Touch of Spring.
Prior to his writing and directing career, Fellowes was known for his portrayal of the incorrigible Lord Kilwillie in the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen. Other acting credits include the BBC’s For the Greater Good and Aristocrats, and for film SHADOWLANDS, DAMAGE, PLACE VENDOME and TOMORROW NEVER DIES. In January 2011, Fellowes was given a peerage and entered the House of Lords as the Lord Fellowes of West Stafford. Fellowes and his wife, Emma, live in London and Dorset, England. They have a son, Peregrine.