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Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis is a British screenwriter, producer, and film director, the man behind some of the best-loved comedies in British cinema history. His credits include Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones' Diary, Love Actually, and About Time, and in 2011 he also directed the Michael Morpurgo adaptation War Horse for the big screen. He is also known for co-writing the treasured sitcoms Mr. Bean, The Vicar Of Dibley, and Blackadder, and early in his career he authored material for BBC's Not The Nine O'Clock News and ITV's Spitting Image.


Born in New Zealand of Australian parents, and raised in several continents across the globe, Richard Curtis was educated at Harrow and Oxford, where he was awarded a first-class BA in English Language and Litreature. It was here that he met and began a fruitful collaboration with Rowan Atkinson, after they both joined the scriptwriting team of the Etceteras revue, part of the Experimental Theatre Club. Shortly after graduating, he began writing, together with Atkinson, on TV's Not The Nine O'Clock News, co-creating many of the show's famous songs with composer Howard Goodall. In 1984 and 1985, he contributed material for ITV's satirical puppet show Spitting Image.

Atkinson and Curtis co-wrote the well-loved Blackadder from 1983 to 1989, and although Atkinson played the lead, Curtis is credited as having written every single episode. After the success of this show, they turned their attention to another comedy series, creating Mr. Bean, which ran from 1990 to 1995. In 1994 he also created and co-wrote The Vicar of Dibley for comedian Dawn French.

By now Curtis had begun writing feature films, releasing The Tall Guy in 1989, the TV movie Bernard And The Genie in 1991, and Four Weddings And A Funeral in 1994. The latter would become the highest-grossing British film in history at that time, turning Hugh Grant into an international superstar. Later came romantic comedies Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary (and its 2004 sequel), and Love Actually, cementing Richard Curtis's place in the upper echelons of British romcom royalty.

Next he would co-write, with Anthony Minghella, an adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's novel The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, premiering on the BBC in 2008, following this up with the feature film The Boat That Rocked, set in 1966 in the era of British pirate radio and based around a radio station run from a boat in the North Sea. Despite a stellar cast including Bill Nighy and Nick Frost, the film was a critical and commercial flop. After making the feature film War Horse, Curtis made two more romantic comedies: About Time, a story about time travel and family love featuring British actors Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson, and Yesterday, directed by Danny Boyle, which imagines a world in which the Beatles had never existed.

The winner of an Emmy for the made-for-television drama The Girl In The Café and a BAFTA for Academy Fellowship, Richard Curtis is responsible for some of the most cherished comedies in modern British history.

Thursday 8th November 1956 (62 years-old)

Known for


Year Production Role
2019 Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy Self
2019 Yesterday Writer
2019 Yesterday Producer
2018 The Russell Howard Hour - Series 2
  1. E13 - Episode Thirteen
2018 The Museum Of Curiosity - Gallery 12
  1. E5 - Meeting Seventy-Two
2017 Cunk On...
  1. Comic Relief Special
2016 Walliams & Friend - Series 1
  1. E5 - Miranda Richardson
Writer (Additional Material)
2016 British Sitcom: 60 Years Of Laughing At Ourselves Self
2016 Let's Do It: A Tribute To Victoria Wood Self
2015 Peter Kay: 20 Years Of Funny Self
2015 The Vicar Of Dibley - Comic Relief 2015 Writer
2015 Roald Dahl's Esio Trot Writer (Adapted By)
2015 Roald Dahl's Esio Trot Executive Producer
2014 Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly)
  1. E1 - Episode One
2013 Mel Smith: I've Sort Of Done Things Self
2013 About Time Writer
2013 About Time Director
2013 About Time Executive Producer
2013 Frost On Sketch Shows Self
2013 The Vicar Of Dibley - Comic Relief 2013 Writer
2012 John Howard Davies: A Life In Comedy Self
2009 Not Again: Not The Nine O'Clock News Self
2009 Victoria Wood: Seen On TV Self
2009 The Art Of Laughter Self
2008 Blackadder Rides Again Self
2008 Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga Self
2006 The Vicar Of Dibley - 2006/2007 Specials Writer
2006 The Vicar Of Dibley - 2006/2007 Specials Executive Producer
2005 Absolutely Fabulous - White Box
  1. Special - Comic Relief Special
2004 The Vicar Of Dibley - 2004/2005 Specials Writer
2004 The Vicar Of Dibley - 2004/2005 Specials Executive Producer
2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason Writer
2004 Britain's Best Sitcom
  1. E10 - The Vicar Of Dibley
  2. E2 - Blackadder
  3. E1 - The Launch
2003 Love Actually Writer
2003 Love Actually Director
2001 Bridget Jones's Diary Writer
2000 Blackadder - Blackadder Back & Forth Writer
1999 The Vicar Of Dibley - Series 3 Writer
1999 The Vicar Of Dibley - Series 3 Executive Producer
1999 Laughter In The House: The Story Of British Sitcom
  1. E3 - Modern Times
1997 The Vicar Of Dibley - Series 2 Writer
1997 The Vicar Of Dibley - Series 2 Executive Producer
1997 Bean - The Ultimate Disaster Movie Writer
1997 Bean - The Ultimate Disaster Movie Executive Producer
1997 The Vicar Of Dibley - Comic Relief 1997 Writer
1996 The Vicar Of Dibley - 1996 Specials Writer
1996 The Vicar Of Dibley - 1996 Specials Executive Producer
1994 The Vicar Of Dibley - Series 1 Writer
1994 The Vicar Of Dibley - Series 1 Executive Producer
1994 Four Weddings And A Funeral Writer
1994 Four Weddings And A Funeral Executive Producer
1994 Mr. Bean
  1. E11 - Back To School Mr. Bean
  2. E9 - Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean
Script Editor
1993 Chef! - Series 1
  1. E6 - Rice And Peas
Special Thanks
1993 Mr. Bean
  1. E14 - Hair By Mr. Bean Of London
  2. E10 - Mind The Baby, Mr. Bean
  3. E8 - Mr. Bean In Room 426
Writer (Additional Material)
1992 Rowan Atkinson Live Writer
1991 Bernard And The Genie Writer
1990 Mr. Bean Writer
1989 The Tall Guy Writer
1989 Blackadder - Blackadder Goes Forth Writer
1988 Blackadder - 1988 Specials Writer
1988 Comic Relief
  1. E17 - Comic Relief 2019
1988 Comic Relief Executive Producer
1988 Comic Relief Creator
1987 Blackadder - Black Adder The Third Writer
1986 Blackadder - Blackadder II Writer
1983 Dead On Time Writer
1983 Blackadder - The Black Adder Writer
1980 Not The Nine O'Clock News - Series 2
  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E1 - Episode One

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Richard Curtis on IMDb

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