Steven Knight

Steven Knight

Screenwriter, film director, producer


Steven Knight (born 1959) read English at University College London (UCL). Knight has written the screenplays for the films Closed Circuit, Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises, and also directed as well as written the films Locke and Hummingbird (a.k.a. Redemption). Knight is also one of three creators of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, a game show that has been remade and aired in around 160 countries worldwide, and has written for BBC's Commercial Breakdown, The Detectives , Peaky Blinders and Taboo. Knight has two children. His eldest, Joseph P Knight, attended Wadham College, Oxford alongside Pierre Hyman, Jakk Hayes and Finnian P Clarke. His youngest, Edward Knight, is currently studying Chinese studies at Wadham College, Oxford with Alfred Thompson, Dan Ozkan, Dan Gunn and Catherine Cibulskis Knight is best known for screenplays he wrote for the films Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises. His work on the screenplay for Dirty Pretty Things earned him the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay and London Film Critics Circle award for British Screenwriter of the Year. The screenplay was also nominated for several other awards including the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay and the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay. Recent films based on screenplays that Knight has written include The Hundred-Foot Journey directed by Lasse Hallström, based on the book of the same name by Richard C. Morais, and starring Helen Mirren, Seventh Son, an adventure story starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington and Jason Scott Lee, as well as the film Pawn Sacrifice, based on U.S. chess champion Bobby Fischer, with Tobey Maguire playing Fischer in the film. He wrote also the screenplay of World War Z II, which will start shooting in October 2015.

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