Julian Fellowes

To be honest, this man would make it into my Hall of Fame, solely for his act of writing the screenplay for "The Young Victoria" but he has many other credits both for writing and acting. Fellowes won the Oscar for Best Screenplay for "Gosford Park" and he has taken great care in bringing the story of the younger years of Queen Victoria to the big screen. There are plans for him to write a new series "Downton Abbey", as well as "Emma and Nelson" and "Greek Fire". (see Upcoming Films for more details on those)

I was amused to read that he proposed to his wife 20 minutes after meeting her (his wife Emma is the lady-in-waiting to Princess Michael) and that he in the 1970s, he had written romantic novels under the pseudonym Rebecca Greville. He is the author of Snobs and Past Imperfect.

Julian chats about creating Downton Abbey

Currently working on a new series for The Titanic

Daily mail article where Julian discusses making The Young Victoria

Video interview with Julian for The Young Victoria

Video: discussing The Young Victoria

Video: At the premiere of The Young Victoria

Video: Julian chats about being a scriptwriter

Video: Julian chats about From Time to Time, Glasgow Film Fest

Diane Fletcher & Julian Fellowes
(Duke and Duchess of Richmond in The Aristocrats)

Julian's list of credits:


Monarch of the Glen (2000-2005) - Kilwillie
Aristocrats (1999) - Lord Richmond
Sharpe's Regiment (1996)
Jane Eyre (1996) - Colonel Dent
Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
Shadowlands (1993)
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992) - Winston Churchill
Little Sir Nicholas (1990)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)


Titanic - new series for 2012?
Downton Abbey (2010)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (on hold?)
From Time to Time (2009)
The Young Victoria (2009)
Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder
- The Case of the Earl of Erroll (2005)
- The Case of George Harry Storrs (2005)
- The Case of Rose Harsent (2005)
- The Case of Charles Bravo (2004)
Vanity Fair (2004)
Piccadilly Jim (2004)
Gosford Park (2001)
The Prince and the Pauper (1996)
Little Lord Flaunteroy (1995)
Little Sir Nicholas (1990)

Mary Poppins (stage musical)
(book by Julian Fellowes, music & lyrics by Sherman brothers)

In development:
Emma and Nelson (2011)
Greek Fire (2011)
The Vanderbilts (for Showtime)

Carey Mulligan, who is said to be up for an Oscar nomination for her role in "An Education", mentions how Julian helped her get her acting career off the ground.

“Julian gave a talk at my school when I was 17 about Gosford Park and winning an Oscar,” says Mulligan, who is now 24. “I met him after that very briefly and said I wanted to be an actor and he said, ‘go and marry a lawyer’. So that,” she adds dryly, “was brilliant. Very helpful.”

Later, however, Fellowes offered Mulligan some more practical help. “I hadn’t got into drama school and I’d lost my place at university,” she recalls. “I was taking my gap year, working in two pubs in the evening and as a runner at Ealing Studios during the day. I wrote Julian a letter and asked how do I get into acting without training or going to university, because I think I’ll drop out if I do that.”

Fellowes introduced Mulligan to his wife, who knew several well-known casting directors, and as a result she ended up getting an audition for Joe Wright’s big-screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. She got the job – playing the flighty Kitty Bennett – and hasn’t looked back since.

Irish Times

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