Julian Fellowes, actor, writer, director, producer, was educated at Ampleforth, Magdalene College, Cambridge and The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
He worked in repertory at Northampton and Harrogate before appearing in the West End productions of A Touch of Spring, at the Comedy Theatre, Six of One at the Criterion, Joking Apart at the Globe, Present Laughter at the Vaudeville and The Futurists at the Royal National Theatre. As an actor, he is probably best known for the BBC series, Aristocrats, and for his portrayal of the incorrigible Lord Kilwillie in the BBC’s popular Sunday night series, Monarch of the Glen. On the big screen, he has been seen in many films, including Shadowlands, Damage, Place Vendôme, Fellow Traveller and Tomorrow Never Dies. As a writer for television, he produced the scripts of Little Lord Fauntleroy (winner of an International EMMY, 1995) and The Prince and the Pauper (nominated for a BAFTA, 1997) which he also produced. His first script for the cinema was Gosford Park, directed by Robert Altman, which won him several prizes, including the award from the Writers’ Guild of America, the New York Film Critics’ Circle Award, the ShoWest Award from the US distributors and the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
He worked on Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair, and, since then, he has written the “book” of the stage musical of Mary Poppins for Cameron Mackintosh and Disney, the recipient of various prizes and nominations, including the Variety Club Award for Best Musical, which ran for six years on Broadway.
He wrote the book for School of Rock for Andrew Lloyd Webber and it is currently running at The Winter Garden on Broadway and at the New London Theatre. He has also written a new book for the revival of Half a Sixpence, which is running at the Noel Coward Theatre, also in London.
His new adaptation of The Wind in the Willows opens at the Palladium in June 2017. His debut as a film director, Separate Lies, which he adapted from Nigel Balchin’s novel, received critical acclaim in both America and the U.K., winning nominations from the London Critics’ Circle as well as the award for the Best Directorial Debut of 2005 from the National Board of Review in New York. His second feature, From Time to Time, adapted by him from the novel by L. M. Boston, had its première at the London Film Festival 2009. It won Best Picture at the Chicago Children’s Film Festival, the Youth Jury Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, Best Picture at the Fiuggi Family Festival in Rome, and the Young Jury Award at Cinemagic in Belfast.
Julian wrote the screenplay of The Young Victoria, released in 2009 and was a writer on The Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. His television series, Downton Abbey, with Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville, had a tremendously successful launch in the autumn of 2010,
in the end running to six series, winning many awards along the way, including six Emmys in Los Angeles in 2011, including Best Writer and Best Mini Series, as well as a Golden Globe, the Producer’s Guild Award and the prize for Best Drama at the National Television Awards five times. Among the wins was the SAG Award for Ensemble, which the company won three times, a timely recognition of the wonderful cast.
He has written a three part mini-series of Anthony Trollope’s Doctor Thorne, starring Tom Hollander and Ian McShane which has been seen in both Britain and the U.S., receiving critical acclaim. He has also completed an adaptation of The Chaperone which will star Elizabeth McGovern.
His novel, Snobs, 2004, has been an international best seller. His second novel, Past Imperfect, also a Sunday Times bestseller and a Richard and Judy Summer Read, was published in 2008. His novel, Belgravia, was released by Orion, in separate episodes and then as a book, in April 2016. It has been a bestseller both in Britain and in America. Julian presented the BBC drama-documentary series, Most Mysterious Murders, hosted a game show about language, also for the BBC, Never Mind the Full Stops, and appeared in Great Houses with Julian Fellowes in 2013, with another episode in the series, Blenheim at War, shown in November 2014.
In 2008, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset. In January 2011, he was awarded a peerage and became Lord Fellowes of West Stafford. He is married to Emma, née Kitchener, and they have one son, Peregrine, a border collie called Meg and Stafford, the tortoise. They divide their time between London and Dorset.
Glenn Slater co-created Disney’s 2010 worldwide smash Tangled (2011 Grammy Winner, 2010 Oscar and Golden Globe nominee), as well as the Broadway and international hit musicals A Bronx Tale, School of Rock—The Musical (2016 Tony nominee—Best Score), Sister Act (2011 Tony nominee—Best Score) and The Little Mermaid (2008 Tony nominee—Best Score, Grammy nominee—Best Cast Album).
With longtime collaborator Alan Menken, he has also written songs for the Disney animated film Home On The Range (2004) and Broadway musical Leap of Faith (Tony nominee—Best Musical, 2012), as well as acting as both songwriters and executive producers of the medieval musical comedy ABC-TV series Galavant. In the West End, Slater provided both book and lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (2010 Olivier nominee—Best Musical), the sequel to Phantom of the Opera. His other work includes an Emmy-nominated song for the ABC-TV comedy The Neighbors (2013) and the stage revue Newyorkers at The Manhattan Theatre Club (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations). Slater is the recipient of the prestigious Kleban Award for Lyrics, the ASCAP/Richard Rogers New Horizons Award and the Jonathan Larson Award. He is an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and a member of both ASCAP and the Dramatists’ Guild.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of some of the world’s best-known musicals including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard.
When Sunset Boulevard joined School of Rock – The Musical, Cats and Phantom on Broadway in February 2017 he became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four shows running concurrently.
As well as The Phantom Of The Opera and Cats his productions include the groundbreaking Bombay Dreams, which introduced the double Oscar-winning Bollywood composer AR Rahman to the Western stage.
As a composer and producer, Lloyd Webber is one of an elite group of artists to have achieved EGOT status by receiving an Emmy, four Grammys including Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, his setting of the Latin Requiem mass, an Oscar and eight Tony Awards including the 2018 Special Tony for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
He has won seven Oliviers and a Golden Globe and his honors include the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, and the Kennedy Center Honor.
He owns seven London theatres including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Palladium. He is the only theatre owner to re-invest every cent of profits into his buildings.
He is passionate about the importance of music in education and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music. In 2016 the Foundation funded a major new national initiative which endowed the American Theatre Wing with a $1.3 million, three-year grant to support theatre education opportunities for young people and public schools across the U.S.
He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992 and created a life peer in 1997.
To mark his 70th birthday, his bestselling autobiography Unmasked was published by HarperCollins in March 2018.