William Nicholson

William Nicholson

Highest Rated: 97% Shadowlands (1993)

Lowest Rated: 17% Grey Owl (1999)

Birthday: Jan 12, 1948

Birthplace: England, UK

A highly regarded screenwriter as well as novelist and playwright, William Nicholson earned Oscar nominations for "Shadowlands" (1993) and "Gladiator" (2000), as well as major television award nominations for "A Private Matter" (HBO, 1992) and "Crime of the Century" (HBO, 1996) while enjoying a string of best-selling novels for young and adult readers, including the popular Wind on Fire (2000-2002) trilogy. His Catholic education informed many of his screen projects, which frequently dealt with issues of faith and spiritual identity with a non-secular context; the depth and emotional honesty of his writing reaped numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic, though Nicholson's attempt to launch a directing career with 1997's "Firelight" was largely ignored. He turned to novel writing with the Wind on Fire series, which became worldwide favorites among young readers. Nicholson subsequently divided his time between novels, Tony-nominated plays like "The Retreat from Moscow" (2004), and feature films, which soon included "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007) and the film version of "Les Misérables" (2012). The quality of William Nicholson's body of written work made him among the most celebrated writers in multiple mediums.




63% 68% Hope Gap Director,
$95.8K 2019
67% 71% Breathe Screenwriter $489.4K 2017
72% 68% Everest Screenwriter $43.2M 2015
51% 70% Unbroken Screenwriter $115.6M 2014
62% 68% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Screenwriter $8.3M 2013
70% 79% Les Misérables Screenwriter $148.8M 2012
34% 59% Elizabeth: The Golden Age Screenwriter $16.3M 2007
77% 87% Gladiator Screenwriter $187.7M 2000
17% 56% Grey Owl Writer $314.5K 1999
50% 83% Firelight Director,
$784.4K 1997
43% 54% First Knight Screenwriter $36.7M 1995
55% 64% Nell Screenwriter $31.7M 1994
97% 89% Shadowlands Writer (Screenplay) $25M 1993
60% 87% Sarafina! Writer $7.3M 1992


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