Biography of Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis is a British producer, writer and director, best known for his treatment of romantic comedies. His work is celebrated for its wit as well as its romance. Films created by Curtis include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, Love Actually, and About Time.

Curtis was born in New Zealand and he moved around quite a bit as a child, eventually settling in England. While attending Oxford, he became friends with Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), with whom he would go onto collaborate frequently. One of Curtis' first entertainment jobs was writing for the series Blackadder, during the 1980s, a comedy show which satirized British history. His first film was The Tall Guy starring Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson. He also created the television show The Vicar of Dibley, starring Dawn French.

His first big success was the film Four Weddings and a Funeral starring Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott Thomas. In 1999 he directed the beloved romantic comedy Notting Hill starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts and in 2001 he adapted Helen Fielding's bestselling novel Bridget Jones's Diary starring Renee Zellwegger. In 2003, he directed Love Actually which became an instant Christmas classic and starred an all-star ensemble cast. For his screenplay for Four Weddings and a Funeral, Curtis was nominated for an Academy Award.

Study Guides on Works by Richard Curtis

Love Actually is a 2003 British romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The film follows a group of young adults in London, set during the Christmas season. Following ten couples, the film chronicles their romantic and...