Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born 8 November 1956) is a BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Award- winning Academy Award- nominated New Zealand-born British screenwriter, known primarily for romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill and Love Actually, as well as the hit TV sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley.
In 1994, Curtis created and co-wrote The Vicar of Dibley for comedienne Dawn French, which was a success. In the 2004 survey Britain's Best Sitcom, The Vicar of Dibley was voted the third best sitcom in British history and Blackadder the second, making Curtis the only screenwriter to have created two shows within the poll's top ten programmes.
Around this time, Curtis began writing films. One of his first successes was The Tall Guy in 1989, starring Jeff Goldblum, Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson: a romantic comedy which set the scene for Four Weddings, and produced by Working Title films. The TV movie Bernard and the Genie followed in 1991.
Curtis' next film was also for Working Title, which has remained his artistic home ever since. 1999's Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, broke the record set by Four Weddings and a Funeral to become the top-grossing British film of all time. The story of a lonely travel bookstore owner who falls in love with the world's most famous movie star was directed by Roger Michell.
Curtis' next film for Working Title was not an original script. Instead, he was heavily involved with the adaptation of Bridget Jones's Diary from novel to film. Curtis knew the novel's writer Helen Fielding. Indeed, he has credited her with saying that his original script for Four Weddings and a Funeral was too upbeat and needed the addition of a funeral. He is credited on Bridget Jones's Diary as co-writer.
Two years later Curtis re-teamed with Working Title to write and direct Love Actually. Curtis has said in interviews that his favorite film is Robert Altman's Nashville and the sprawling, multi-character structure of Love Actually certainly seems to owe something to Altman. The film featured a who's who of British actors, including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and Keira Knightley, in a loosely connected series of stories about people in and out of love in London in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
The Girl in the Cafe was produced by the BBC and HBO as part of the Make Poverty History campaign's Live 8 efforts in 2005. The film stars Bill Nighy as a civil servant and Kelly Macdonald as a young woman with whom he falls in love while at a G8 summit in Iceland. Macdonald's character pushes him to ask whether the developed countries of the world cannot do more to help the most impoverished. The film was timed to air just before the Gleneagles G8 summit in 2005. The film received three Emmy Awards in 2006 including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Kelly Macdonald, and an Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special trophy for Curtis himself.
In May 2007 he received the Fellowship award at the BAFTA Television awards. The award was given in recognition of his successful film career and his charity efforts.
He is currently preparing his second film as writer/director, The Boat That Rocked, about the DJs on pirate radio stations run on boats in the North Sea in the 1960s, when the BBC only broadcast two hours of pop music a week. It is scheduled to be released in 2008.
He talked to the producer of American Idol to do a show where the celebrities were brought to Africa to experience the poverty level and raise charity in an American Idol: Idol Gives Back.
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