Michael Hirst

Michael Hirst

Highest Rated: 82% Elizabeth (1998)

Lowest Rated: 34% Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

Birthday: Sep 21, 1952

Birthplace: Bradford, England, UK

English writer Michael Hirst is best known as the BAFTA-nominated writer of the 1998 biopic "Elizabeth," starring Cate Blanchett, Joseph Fiennes, and Geoffrey Rush. In a rich investigation into the early life of Queen Elizabeth I, Hirst explored the human relationships and political intrigues crucial to her early years of power. In 2007 he again teamed with director Shekhar Kapur and much of the original cast for "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," this time focusing on the deep divides and threats to Elizabeth's reign, as well as her love affair with Sir Walter Raleigh, played by Clive Owen. Hirst's fascination with the Tudor dynasty continued in 2007 with his creation of the Showtime series "The Tudors." Set in the court of a young Henry VIII, played by Irish heart-throb Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the show plays like a soap opera, full of sex, scandal, violence, and intrigue. Historical events are secondary to the powerful monarch's daily life at court, including his pursuit of a male heir, hobby of bedding beautiful women, and penchant for executing his wives.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
34% 59% Elizabeth: The Golden Age Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
$16.3M 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II Writer - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Casanova Writer - 2002
82% 86% Elizabeth Screenwriter $30.1M 1998
No Score Yet 46% Uncovered Writer - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wherever You Are Screenwriter - 1988

TV

Credit
93% 89% Vikings Unknown (Character),
Executive Producer
2013-2020
69% 85% The Tudors Executive Producer 2010

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