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Julian Alexander Fellowes net worth:
$10 Million

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Julian Fellowes Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes – Baron Fellowes of West Stafford – was born on 17 August 1949, in Cairo, Egypt, of Canadian and English descent. Julian is a novelist, actor, screenwriter, and film director, best known for creating several best-selling novels. He also wrote the screenplay for the film “Gosford Park”, but all of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Julian Fellowes? As of early-2017, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $10 million, mostly earned through a successful career in the film industry. His screenplay for “Gosford Park” won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He also created, produced, and wrote the award winning series “Downton Abbey”. All of these achievements have ensured the position of his wealth.

Julian Fellowes Net Worth $10 million

Julian attended private schools including Wetherby School, St. Phillip’s School, and Ampleforth College. He became a member of Footlights and read English literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and eventually continued his studies at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

In 1981, Fellowes moved to Los Angeles and became a part of several television shows in small roles. He then returned to England and became part of “For the Greater Good”, and continued with more opportunities such as “Our Friends in the North”, “Aristocrats”, and “Sharpe’s Regiment”. Eventually, he launched a series called “Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder” which was aired through BBC One. He was also the presenter of “Never Mind the Full Stops” and would later create one of his most critically acclaimed works in “Downton Abbey”, which went on to win numerous awards over the course of five years. Julian also created a “Titanic” mini-series in 2012.

In 2015, it was reported that Julian was working on a new series with NBC called “The Gilded Age”. As the name implies, the series will be set in the industrial boom era of the United States and would focus on the upper echelons of New York’s high society. He has started to write the script, and has done a lot of research about the people of that time. The series’ events will be a prequel to “Downton Abbey” and most of the characters from the first series would likely be children during this period. Aside from this, he’s also produced an adaptation of “Doctor Thorne” which aired in 2016.

For his work on films, Julian wrote the script for “Gosford Park” which would win an Academy Award. He also made his directing debut in “Separate Lies” which was released in 2005. In 2009, he wrote the screenplay for “The Young Victoria”, and other films he has written for include “Vanity Fair” and “The Tourist”, which would become a highly successful film at the box office. He’s also written novels, including “Snobs” which was released in 2004, and became a best seller and led to another release in 2009 called “Past Imperfect”, also becoming a best-seller.

Fellowes has also been active with stage productions. He’s appeared as part of West End productions such as “A Touch of Spring”, “Joking Apart”, and “Present Laughter”. He also penned the script for the musical “Mary Poppins”, and wrote the book for the musical adaption “School of Rock”.

For his personal life, it is known that Julian married Emma Joy Kitchener in 1990; he apparently proposed to her a within 20 minutes of meeting her at a party – they have a son. His wife has also worked on the series “Downtown Abbey” as a story editor. In 2009, Julian was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Dorset.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monarch of the Glen2000-2005TV SeriesKilwillie
Heartbeat2001TV SeriesPrince Nikolas
Dirty Tricks2000TV MovieProsecution Counsel
Aristocrats1999TV Mini-SeriesDuke of Richmond
Shergar1999Chambers
Place Vendôme1998Wajman
Kavanagh QC1998TV SeriesClive Crebbin
Tomorrow Never Dies1997Minister of Defence
Behind the Lines1997Timmons
Screen Two1991-1996TV SeriesSir Mortimer Fawkes / Sir Mortimer Edwards / D'Arcy
Sharpe's Regiment1996TV MovieThe Prince Regent
Our Friends in the North1996TV Mini-SeriesClaud Seabrook
Jane Eyre1996Colonel Dent
Killing Me Softly1995TV MovieProsecution QC
A Very Open Prison1995TV Movie
The Final Cut1995TV Mini-SeriesHenry Ponsonby
The Governor1995TV SeriesMr. Soames
Savage Hearts1995Bishop
Little Lord Fauntleroy1995TV Mini-SeriesWuden
Sherwood's Travels1994
Martin Chuzzlewit1994TV Mini-SeriesDr. Jobling
Pie in the Sky1994TV SeriesErnest Drummond
Love Hurts1994TV SeriesJamie Bryson
All Quiet on the Preston Front1994TV SeriesDermott
Shadowlands1993Desmond Arding
Sharpe's Rifles1993TV MovieMajor Dunnett
Damage1992Donald Lyndsay, MP
Rumpole of the Bailey1992TV SeriesTom Mottram MP
Covington Cross1992TV SeriesBishop Moore
To Be the Best1992TV MovieDennis
Young Indiana Jones1992TV SeriesWinston Churchill
Woof!1992TV SeriesMr Norwood
The Treaty1991TV MovieWinston Churchill
For the Greater Good1991TV SeriesNeville Marsham
Little Sir Nicholas1990TV SeriesApted
Casualty1989TV SeriesMr. Flannagan
Goldeneye1989TV MovieNoel Coward
Sophia and Constance1988TV SeriesChirac
Knights of God1987TV SeriesBrother Hugo
Lord Elgin and Some Stones of No Value1986TV MovieRev. Philip Hunt / Richard
Seal Morning1986TV SeriesVicar
Dempsey and Makepeace1985TV SeriesRedgrave
Florence Nightingale1985TV MovieCharles Bracebrige
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend1985Nigel Jenkins
Cold Warrior1984TV SeriesMalcolm Russell
Swallows and Amazons Forever!: Coot Club1984TV MovieJerry (Hullabaloo)
Angels1983TV SeriesCharles Miles
Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess1983TV MovieAly Khan's Chauffeur
The Old Men at the Zoo1983TV SeriesHales
Tucker's Witch1983TV Series
The Scarlet Pimpernel1982TV MovieThe Prince Regent
Hotline1982TV MovieLeo
Present Laughter1981TV MovieRoland Maule
Priest of Love1981Barbara's Fiancé
Maybury1981TV SeriesVernon Price
Peter and Paul1981TV MovieNero
Doctor's Daughters1981TV SeriesDr. Parker
The Bunker1981TV MovieCol. von Below
Tales of the Unexpected1980TV SeriesGeorge
My Son, My Son1979TV Mini-SeriesPogson
The Old Crowd1979TV Movie uncredited
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson1979TV SeriesPeter Clifford / Chapman
BBC Play of the Month1978TV SeriesLord Neville
The Haunting of Julia1977Library Assistant
The Duchess of Duke Street1977TV SeriesClaud Turner-Rumbold
Just William1977TV SeriesDr. Horace Ashtead
Victorian Scandals1976TV SeriesTom Grenville
Churchill's People1975TV SeriesRedcoat

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crooked House2017screenplay post-production
Doctor Thorne2016TV Series 3 episodes
Downton AbbeyTV Series written and created by - 50 episodes, 2010 - 2015 written by - 2 episodes, 2014
Romeo & Juliet2013/IIscreenplay
Titanic2012TV Mini-Series written by - 4 episodes
The Tourist2010screenplay
From Time to Time2009adaptation
The Young Victoria2009written by
Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder - The Case of the Croydon Poisonings2005TV Movie
Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder - The Case of the Earl of Erroll2005TV Movie
Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder - The Case of George Harry Storrs2005TV Movie
Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder - The Case of Rose Harsent2005TV Movie
Separate Lies2005
Piccadilly Jim2005screenplay
A Most Mysterious Murder: The Case of Charles Bravo2004TV Movie
Vanity Fair2004screenplay
Two Brothers2004english dialogue
Gosford Park2001written by
The Prince and the Pauper1996TV Mini-Series adaptation - 6 episodes
Little Lord Fauntleroy1995TV Mini-Series adapted by - 6 episodes
Little Sir Nicholas1990TV Series
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson1980TV Series based on a story by - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Thorne2016TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Downton Abbey2010-2015TV Series executive producer - 52 episodes
Romeo & Juliet2013/IIproducer
From Time to Time2009producer
Gosford Park2001associate producer
The Prince and the Pauper1996TV Mini-Series producer - 6 episodes
A Married Man1983TV Mini-Series associate producer - 4 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
From Time to Time2009
Separate Lies2005

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Children's Party at the Palace2006TV Special script editor

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Skavlan2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter2016TV SeriesHimself
The 70th Annual Tony Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Loose Women2009-2016TV SeriesHimself
National Television Awards2016TV SpecialHimself
PBS NewsHour2015TV SeriesHimself
A Christmas Star2015Himself
The Queen's Longest Reign: Elizabeth & Victoria2015DocumentaryHimself - Writer
BBC News 8pm Summary2015TV Series shortHimself
Timeshift2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Screenwriter and Great-Nephew of Air Commodore Peregrine Fellowes
Rita & Me2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film2014DocumentaryHimself
Titanic Belfast: City of a Thousand Launches2014DocumentaryHimself
Britain's Great War2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Blenheim Palace: Great War House2014DocumentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2002-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2013TV SeriesHimself
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (credit only)
Welsh Greats2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Friend
Tavis Smiley2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Question Time2002-2013TV SeriesHimself
Richard Briers: A Tribute2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Writer (segment "Dame Maggie")
Great Houses with Julian Fellowes2013TV Series documentaryHimself
National Television Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Downton Abbey Revisited2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Roundhead or Cavalier: Which One Are You?2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Writer
Daybreak2012TV SeriesHimself
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Mini-Series or TV Movie
The One Show2009-2011TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Downton Abbey: Behind the Drama2011TV MovieHimself
Breakfast2004-2011TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Writer / Himself - Actor and Writer
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special & Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
Fern2011TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
Maid in Britain2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Week2004-2010TV SeriesHimself
Film '722005-2009TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Himself
Profiling2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Have I Got News for You2004-2007TV SeriesHimself
Have I Got News for You: The Inevitable Internet Spin-Off2007TV Series shortHimself
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Culture Show2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Never Mind the Full Stops2006-2007TV SeriesHimself - Host
University Challenge: The Story So Far2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mark Lawson Talks to...2006TV SeriesHimself
This Morning2006TV SeriesHimself
Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder - The Case of the Croydon Poisonings2005TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Today with Des and Mel2005TV SeriesHimself
Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder - The Case of the Earl of Erroll2005TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Richard & Judy2003-2005TV SeriesHimself
Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder - The Case of George Harry Storrs2005TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder - The Case of Rose Harsent2005TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Britain's Finest2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHimself
A Most Mysterious Murder: The Case of Charles Bravo2004TV MovieHimself - Presenter
75 Years of the Academy Awards: An Unofficial History2003TV Special documentaryHimself - Interviewee
40 Years of University Challenge2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay
Channel 4 News2002TV SeriesHimself
Omnibus2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Anatomy of a Scene2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of Gosford Park2002TV Short documentaryHimself - Writer
The Authenticity of Gosford Park2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Aristocrats'1999TV Short documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
60 Minutes2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Writer (segment "Dame Maggie")
Have I Got News for You: The Best of the Guest Presenters - Volume 22005VideoHimself
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Love's Sweet Song2000VideoChurchill
Sharpe: The Legend1997VideoPrince Regent

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular DramaDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame (executive producer)
2012PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Long-Form TelevisionDownton Abbey (2010)· Nigel Marchant
· Gareth Neame
2012TRIC AwardTelevision and Radio Industries Club AwardsTV Drama Programme of the YearDownton Abbey (2010)
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic SpecialDownton Abbey (2010)
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Miniseries or MovieDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame (executive producer)
· Rebecca Eaton (executive producer)
· Nigel Marchant (producer)
· Liz Trubridge (producer)
2011Banff Rockie AwardBanff Television FestivalBest Mini-SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame
· Liz Trubridge
· Nigel Marchant
2011Writer's AwardBroadcasting Press Guild AwardsDownton Abbey (2010)
2011Broadcasting Press Guild AwardBroadcasting Press Guild AwardsBest Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame (Executive Producer)
2011TRIC AwardTelevision and Radio Industries Club AwardsTV Drama Programme of the YearDownton Abbey (2010)
2010Futurewave Youth Special Jury AwardSeattle International Film FestivalFrom Time to Time (2009)
2009Best of the FestChicago International Children's Film FestivalFrom Time to Time (2009)
2009Adult's Jury Award - Certificate of MeritChicago International Children's Film FestivalLive-Action Feature Film or VideoFrom Time to Time (2009)
2005NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Directorial DebutSeparate Lies (2005)
2002OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenGosford Park (2001)
2002NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ScreenplayGosford Park (2001)
2002ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAScreenwriter of the Year
2002WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenGosford Park (2001)
2001NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayGosford Park (2001)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame (executive producer)
· Liz Trubridge (executive producer)
· Nigel Marchant (executive producer)
· Chris Croucher (producer)
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame (executive producer)
· Nigel Marchant (executive producer)
· Liz Trubridge (executive producer)
· Chris Croucher (producer)
2015PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaDownton Abbey (2010)· Nigel Marchant
· Gareth Neame
· Liz Trubridge
2015Screenplay CompetitionScreenwriters Choice Awards, OnlineBest Television DramaDownton Abbey (2010)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame (executive producer)
· Liz Trubridge (executive producer)
· Nigel Marchant (co-executive producer)
· Rupert Ryle-Hodges (producer)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing in a Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)
2014PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaDownton Abbey (2010)· Nigel Marchant
· Gareth Neame
· Liz Trubridge
2014Screenplay CompetitionScreenwriters Choice Awards, OnlineBest Television DramaDownton Abbey (2010)
2013Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame (executive producer)
· Nigel Marchant (co-executive producer)
· Liz Trubridge (producer)
2013Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)
2013PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame
· Liz Trubridge
2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)
2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame (executive producer)
· Rebecca Eaton (executive producer)
· Liz Trubridge (producer)
2012OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing in a Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)
2012TRIC AwardTelevision and Radio Industries Club AwardsTV Drama Programme of the YearDownton Abbey (2010)
2012TV Quick AwardTV Quick Awards, UKBest Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame
2011BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame
· Liz Trubridge
· Nigel Marchant
2011Golden FIPABiarritz International Festival of Audiovisual ProgrammingTV Series and SerialsDownton Abbey (2010)· Liz Trubridge
· Gareth Neame
· Nigel Marchant
2011RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame (executive producer)
2011TV Quick AwardTV Quick Awards, UKBest New DramaDownton Abbey (2010)· Gareth Neame
2006ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Newcomer of the YearSeparate Lies (2005)
2002Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureGosford Park (2001)
2002Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising NewcomerBAFTA AwardsGosford Park (2001)
2002BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalGosford Park (2001)
2002Discover Screenwriting AwardAmerican Screenwriters Association, USAGosford Park (2001)
2002CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayGosford Park (2001)
2002EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion PictureGosford Park (2001)
2002OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenGosford Park (2001)
2002OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayGosford Park (2001)
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScreenplayGosford Park (2001)
1997BAFTA Children's AwardBAFTA AwardsBest DramaThe Prince and the Pauper (1996)· Andrew Morgan

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009Children's Jury AwardChicago International Children's Film FestivalLive-Action Feature Film or Video - English LanguageFrom Time to Time (2009)


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#Fact
1In October 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Winchester in recognition of his international reputation in creative writing and the performing arts.
2Is a big fan of the TV series Smash (2012).
3In 1983 Julian almost landed a plum role on the TV series Fantasy Island (1977) where he was to be a possible replacement for Hervé Villechaize's butler. If he had got the part, it would have meant an 8-year contract and, as fate would have it, Downton Abbey (2010) might never have happened.
4On 15 October 1998 he and his wife Emma Joy Kitchener (b. 18 February 1963) legally changed their family name to Kitchener-Fellowes by Deed Poll. He continued to be known professionally as Julian Fellowes. They live at Stafford House, West Stafford, Dorset.
5In 2009 he was made Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Dorset.
6On 12 January 2011, he was made a Life Peer of the United Kingdom of Great-Britain and Northern Ireland and is now formally known as Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, of West Stafford in the County of Dorset.
7He played Winston Churchill in both The Treaty (1991) and Young Indiana Jones (1992).
8Was once a member of the Cambridge footlights comedy group. Other members through the years include Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie and Eric Idle.
9Youngest brother of four including David Fellowes and Rory Fellowes.
10Uncle of Jessica Fellowes.
11His two dogs are named Meg and Humbug.
12Lives in Dorset, England, close to the cottage once owned by writer Thomas Hardy. His estate includes a manor house built in 1633 and a newer portion built in 1840, all on 50 acres.
13Is an avid follower of TV soap Coronation Street (1960).
14Conducted a scriptwriting master class at the Cinemagic World Screen Festival for Young People in 2002 in Belfast, N.Ireland.
15In the 1970s, wrote romantic novels under the pseudonym Rebecca Greville.
16Was on University Challenge representing Magdalene College, Cambridge at age 19. He had a bad bout of flu while recording the show. With a temperature of 103 degrees, his mother insisted he still take part in the program.
17His ancestors include Sir James Fellowes, Physician to the Forces during the reign of Britain's George III, and Rear Admiral Sir Thomas Fellowes who served with Lord Nelson.
18Father of Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes, born 1991.
19Fellowes proposed to his wife Emma Joy 20 minutes after first meeting her. She is Lady-in-Waiting to HRH Princess Michael of Kent and was invested as a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in 2000. Emma is a great-great-niece of (General) Lord Kitchener and on 9 May 2012 The Queen issued a Royal Warrant of Precedence granting The Lady Fellowes of West Stafford the same rank and title as a daughter of an Earl, as if her late father had survived his brother and therefore succeeded to the title of Earl Kitchener. She is also a vegetarian.
20Based Maggie Smith's Gosford Park character on his great aunt.

#Quote
1[on simplifying Shakespeare's dialogue in Romeo & Juliet (2013)] To see the original in its absolutely unchanged form, you require a kind of Shakespearian scholarship and you need to understand the language and analyze it and so on. I can do that, because I had a very expensive education, I went to Cambridge.
2This whole business of love ending in death - I grew up on it. I mean, you remember those songs - 'Tell Laura I Love Her' and 'Leader of the Pack, and 'Terry' - they were all ending up with the guy dying on the motorbike or being smashed in the car race or whatever. And that was really my adolescent culture. So in a way I got there before 'Twilight'.
3[on the enduring appeal of 'Romeo and Juliet'] There is something about the ultimate sacrifice to preserve your love, which is completely pure and takes over your life, that we find very appealing - perhaps because it's a sort of ideal that most of us don't live up to. There is a moment in some incredibly unhappy pursuit where most of us think, 'Oh, the he'll with it' and then we just go home. But what we love about these lovers is that they don't think that. They go all the way and in the end they would rather die than be apart. It somehow chimes with the memory of first love and early love which we've all been through. And I suppose I respond to it as much as anyone else does, really. Odd as it may seem - looking at this porky old fellow, bald and fat - once inside there was a lover.
4[on the detractors of Downton Abbey (2010)] The real problem is with people who are insecure socially. They think to show how smart they are by picking holes in the programme to promote their own poshness and to show that their knowledge is greater.
5[on the negativity towards Downton Abbey (2010)] All we get is this permanent negative nit-picking from the left. You just want to say relax! It's a show that might not appeal to the left. I mean, why is it that it's "The Independent on Sunday" ringing me up about this? There are plenty of shows on television I don't like but I don't go on about them.
6[being accused of plagiarism in Downton Abbey (2010)] Who can say what is lodged in one's brain? I am not conscious of lifting either, but it doesn't mean [the viewers] are wrong.
7[on portraying the homosexuality of Thomas Barrows in 'Downton Abbey'] He was always going to be gay. I don't know about in America, but here there are so many people under forty who were hardly aware of the the fact that it was actually illegal until the 1960s. Perfectly normal men and women were risking prison by making a pass at someone. Their whole life was lived in fear, and ruin and humiliation, and career after career would be smacked down. I think it's useful to remind people that many things that they take for granted are, in terms of our history, comparatively new.
8[on what the potential timing might be to end the 'Downton Abbey' series] I'd prefer to do everything on my terms. The business of life is learning that you can't lay down terms. My own belief is that these things have a life. And one of the tricks is to recognize when it's time to come to an end. But we haven't made a decision when that will be. Some things go on for twenty years, don't they, but I just don't see 'Downton' as being one of them.
9I think I'm more fearful of the future now. I always feel that there's some giant hand about to lean in and snatch it all away from me, saying, 'That wasn't meant for you.' Emma has this completely different quality of living in the present. It's just been very helpful to me to live with someone who doesn't think, Oh, my God, what if it all stops tomorrow? Of course it's absurd to live your life dreading some unspecified disaster.
10Advice from his upper-class father: If you have the misfortune to be born into a generation which must earn its living, you might as well do something amusing.
11We have this funny, ambivalent feeling about success and about achievement, so that all we usually get is some actress standing up in an evening dress and bovver boots telling you that winning doesn't matter. We can't give ourselves to these things and they're only fun if you give yourself to it. Whether you're doing a job or making love, you've got to let go of the side, and the Americans just do.
12The wonderful thing about King Oscar is he makes all things possible, although a lot of the time you do keep thinking, 'Moi?'
13I have an absolutely phobic horror of controlled relationships. I despise controllers. And when I see that slightly patronizing relationship going on in front of me, as you often do in our industry, where the man who quite deliberately takes a partner who is less sophisticated, younger, from a less advantaged background or whatever, and he is becoming a kind of Higgins to her Eliza, I just want to punch him. I really hate it.
14There are limits to what any of us can achieve in life. If I wanted to be a catwalk model, I would be in trouble. But the greatest limit of all is when we do not know ourselves and when we do not admit that truth about ourselves to ourselves, and that buggers up our life.
15We live in an era of tremendous dishonesty where people, even nice people, will say things they know are not true because they want to be perceived as someone who thinks they are true. But I think this is dangerous. I think personal dishonesty in a society is as dangerous as it is in an individual. For most of us the biggest journey in life, and certainly the toughest journey, is towards self-knowledge.
16When you make your first film, there is a hell of a lot to think about, and you've got to have a gut understanding of your material. It's not enough to say, 'I've met people like this.' You've got to know them inside out. So with Separate Lies I placed my characters in a class that I understand, but it doesn't mean that this is a film about class. It's about being trapped, about the consequences of our choices, and about lying.
17What I dislike about movie culture is that it often presents a parable of our problems - but the issues are all straightforward and the people are either nice or they're not. In real life, everyone falls between those perimeters, but not many American films operate in that gray area.
18I was rather a lazy student. My interests were drama and taking girls to parties. However, they locked the college gates at 11 o'clock, and if you were out later than that, the girls would take off their party dresses, climb over the gates and then re-assemble themselves on the other side. A rather charming sight!
19Upon receiving the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 2002: I feel as if I'm in A Star Is Born and any moment, Norman Maine will come up and whack me in the mouth.


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