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Born: August 17, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Egypt Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer

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A theatrically trained actor who became an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Julian Fellowes enjoyed a prominent career before the camera before stepping behind it to write the Oscar-winning film "Gosford Park" (2001) and creating the multi-award-winning series "Downton Abbey" (BBC/PBS, 2010- ). Prior to both, Fellowes delivered quality performances in "The Bunker" (CBS, 1981) opposite friend Anthony Hopkins, as well as in the biblical miniseries "Peter and Paul" (CBS, 1981) and "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (CBS, 1982). Following more onscreen turns, including in Richard Attenborough's "Shadowlands" (1993), he made his screenwriting debut with an adaptation of "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (1994), but primarily stayed in front of the camera with "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997) and as a cast member of the British series "Monarch of the Glen" (BBC, 2000-05). In 2001, Fellowes wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Robert Altman's "Gosford Park" and transitioned more permanently to a behind-the-scenes role. He adapted William Makepeace Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" (2004) and made his directing debut with "Separate Lies" (2005), only to earn his share of deserved criticism for writing the much-maligned Johnny...

A theatrically trained actor who became an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Julian Fellowes enjoyed a prominent career before the camera before stepping behind it to write the Oscar-winning film "Gosford Park" (2001) and creating the multi-award-winning series "Downton Abbey" (BBC/PBS, 2010- ). Prior to both, Fellowes delivered quality performances in "The Bunker" (CBS, 1981) opposite friend Anthony Hopkins, as well as in the biblical miniseries "Peter and Paul" (CBS, 1981) and "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (CBS, 1982). Following more onscreen turns, including in Richard Attenborough's "Shadowlands" (1993), he made his screenwriting debut with an adaptation of "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (1994), but primarily stayed in front of the camera with "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997) and as a cast member of the British series "Monarch of the Glen" (BBC, 2000-05). In 2001, Fellowes wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Robert Altman's "Gosford Park" and transitioned more permanently to a behind-the-scenes role. He adapted William Makepeace Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" (2004) and made his directing debut with "Separate Lies" (2005), only to earn his share of deserved criticism for writing the much-maligned Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie thriller "The Tourist" (2010). But he recovered nicely by creating the highly-acclaimed series, "Downton Abbey," which won numerous awards, attracted loyal fans around the world, and cemented Fellowes' place as one of England's most esteemed talents.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Shergar (2008) Chambers
2.
 Never Love a Thief (1998) Brother Vincent
3.
 Place Vendôme (1998) Wajman
4.
 Regeneration (1997) Timmons
5.
 Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Minister Of Defense
6.
 Jane Eyre (1996) Colonel Dent
7.
 Savage Hearts (1994) The Bishop
8.
 Shadowlands (1993) Desmond Arding
9.
 Damage (1992) Donald Lyndsaymp
10.
 Fellow Traveller (1986) D'Arcy
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Began acting career appearing in repertory theater
1977:
Early TV credit, a guest appearance on the BBC series "The Duchess of Duke Street"
1979:
Appeared in the British miniseries "My Son, My Son" (BBC)
1981:
Moved to Los Angeles
1981:
Debut on American TV, co-starred with Anthony Hopkins in "The Bunker" (CBS)
1981:
Played the Emperor Nero in the CBS miniseries, "Peter and Paul"
1981:
Feature acting debut in "Priest of Love"
1982:
Cast as Prince Regent in the CBS movie, "The Scarlet Pimpernel"
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Returned to England
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Established Lionhead Productions with Andrew Morgan
1984:
Associate producer of the syndicated miniseries, "A Married Man"; starred Anthony Hopkins
1989:
Co-starred in the HBO drama, "Fellow Traveller," about the Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s
1990:
Portrayed Noel Coward in "Goldeneye," a syndicated biopic of James Bond creator Ian Fleming
1992:
Appeared in "Damage," starring Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche
1993:
Again supported Anthony Hopkins in "Shadowlands"
1994:
Wrote the teleplay adaptation of "Little Lord Fauntleroy"
1995:
Played the mysterious Bishop in the thriller, "Savage Hearts"
1997:
Co-starred as an army officer in "Regeneration"
1997:
Had featured role as the Minister of Defence in the James Bond film, "Tomorrow Never Dies"
1998:
Acted alongside Catherine Denueve in "Place Vendome"
1998:
Produced and scripted a British TV adaptation of Mark Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper"
1999:
Played the upper-class Lord Richmond in the British miniseries "Aristocrats"
2000:
Had recurring role as a Scottish nobleman in the BBC series, "Monarch of the Glen"
2001:
Feature screenwriting debut, "Gosford Park"; also served as an associate producer
2004:
Penned the screenplay adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's "Vanity Fair"; directed by Mira Nair
2005:
Made directorial debut with "Separate Lies," a drama starring Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson
2009:
Wrote the screenplay for "The Young Victoria," starring Emily Blunt
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Education

Ampleforth College: -
University of Cambridge: Cambridge , England -

Notes

Among his ancestors are Sir James Fellowes, Physician to the Forces under King George III, and Rear Admiral Sir Thomas Fellowes, who served with Lord Nelson.

"The upper classes pride themselves on never talking about money, but they never think of anything else. That is always the wolf that is nipping behind them.

I'm also always interested by the semi-prostitution of extremely intelligent women who marry a high-status man much stupider than they are. I know several and I always long to ask: having married this dolt in order to acquire a coronet, are there moments, when they spend all that time alone with them, that they regret it?

... I can never decide whether class is a preserver of worthwhile traditions, or a hideous practical joke. But why should stupid, unimaginative people think they are of a higher sort than clever or interesting people, on the basis of their birth." --Fellowes quoted in The Daily Telegraph, January 22. 2002.

"Julian doesn't have the look of a matinee or leading actor. He looks like a character actor." --"Monarch of the Glen" co-star Richard Briers quoted in The Guardian, Janaury 24, 2002.

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wife:
Emma Kitchener. Film editor.
wife:
Emma Kitchener. Is lady-in-waiting to Princess Michael of Kent.

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son:
Peregrine Fellowes. Survived him.

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