Biography of Alex Garland

Alex Garland is an English filmmaker and novelist. His most famous work as a novelist is The Beach, which was made into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. While he continued to write, writing screenplays for a number of films in the early 2000s, Ex Machina is the first film he directed. He followed Ex Machina up with Annihilation in 2018. His films often deal with futuristic and science fiction scenarios.

Garland was born in London and began his career as a novelist. The Beach was published in 1996 and tells the story of a young English man who winds up embroiled in a strange community in Thailand. In 2002, Garland began writing for film, writing the script for Danny Boyle's zombie apocalypse film, 28 Days Later. He also wrote the screenplays for Sunshine, 28 Weeks Later, Never Let Me Go, Dredd, and Big Game.

Ex Machina was Garland's directorial and the film received critical acclaim. He also wrote the screenplay, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2018, he adapted and directed Annihilation, which received good reviews.

In addition to his film work, Garland created the television show Devs, a miniseries that premiered on FX. He has also cowritten a number of video games.

Study Guides on Works by Alex Garland

Director Alex Garland's mind-bending, intellectual sci-fi Annihilation released to controversy. Allegations of whitewashing and studio meddling plagued the film, yet it was a massive critical success -- but did dismally financially.


Prior to the release of Ex Machina (2015), Alex Garland was best known for his 1996 novel The Beach and for writing 28 Days Later (2000). After the release of Ex Machina, though, Garland established himself as one of the most exciting science...