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Steven Knight (born 1959) is an English screenwriter and film director. Knight has written the screenplays for the films Closed Circuit, Dirty Pretty Things, and Eastern Promises, and also directed as well as written the films Locke and Hummingbird (a.k.a. Redemption). Knight is also one of three creators of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, a game show that has been remade and aired in around 160 countries worldwide, and has written for BBC's Commercial Breakdown, The Detectives, Peaky Blinders, and Taboo. Knight read English at University College London (UCL). He has three children. He is also an ardant Birmingham City fan.
|Born||1959 (age 59–60)|
|Alma mater||University College London|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, film director|
Steven Knight (born 1959) is an English screenwriter and film director. Knight has written the screenplays for the films Closed Circuit, Dirty Pretty Things, and Eastern Promises, and also directed as well as written the films Locke and Hummingbird (a.k.a. Redemption).
Knight is also one of three creators of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, a game show that has been remade and aired in around 160 countries worldwide, and has written for BBC's Commercial Breakdown, The Detectives, Peaky Blinders, and Taboo.
Knight read English at University College London (UCL). He has three children. He is also an ardant Birmingham City fan.
Knight is best known for screenplays he wrote for the films Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises. His work on the screenplay for Dirty Pretty Things earned him the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay and London Film Critics Circle award for British Screenwriter of the Year. The screenplay was also nominated for several other awards including the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay and the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Recent films based on screenplays that Knight has written include The Hundred-Foot Journey directed by Lasse Hallström, based on the book of the same name by Richard C. Morais, and starring Helen Mirren, Seventh Son, an adventure story starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington and Jason Scott Lee, as well as the film Pawn Sacrifice, based on U.S. chess champion Bobby Fischer, with Tobey Maguire playing Fischer in the film. He also wrote the screenplay of World War Z II.
In addition to his writing, Knight has directed two films: Hummingbird (2013), starring Jason Statham, and Locke (2014), starring Tom Hardy. Locke won a British Independent Film Award in 2013 for Best Screenplay. Knight has also directed several episodes of the TV series he frequently wrote for, The Detectives. His third film as director is the thriller Serenity, which he also wrote, and which stars Matthew McConaughey, Diane Lane, and Anne Hathaway. The film was released in 2019.
Knight also created the TV series Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in the UK (alongside Mike Whitehill and David Briggs) and also is the creator of the TV series Show do Milhão and All About Me.
Knight has written for TV series in the UK including Peaky Blinders, BBC's Commercial Breakdown (with Jimmy Carr), The Detectives, Comedy Playhouse (the episode "Wild Oats" in 1993), Frankie's On..., Auntie's Big Bloomers, and Canned Carrott.
|2001||Gypsy Woman||Yes||No||Sheree Folkson|
|2002||Dirty Pretty Things||Yes||No||Stephen Frears||Nominated- Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay|
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
|2006||Amazing Grace||Yes||No||Michael Apted|
|2007||Eastern Promises||Yes||No||David Cronenberg|
|Closed Circuit||Yes||No||John Crowley|
|2014||The Hundred-Foot Journey||Yes||No||Lasse Hallström|
|Seventh Son||Yes||No||Sergei Bodrov|
|Pawn Sacrifice||Yes||No||Edward Zwick|
|2017||Woman Walks Ahead||Yes||No||Susanna White|
|November Criminals||Yes||executive||Sacha Gervasi|
|2018||The Girl in the Spider's Web||Yes||No||Fede Álvarez|
|Cancelled||Untitled World War Z sequel||Yes||No||David Fincher||Cancelled - February 2019|
|1993–1997||The Detectives||Yes||Yes||No||4 episodes (Director), 13 episodes (writer)|
|1998–2010||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?||No||Yes||No||Creator;|
|2002–2004||All About Me||No||Yes||No||Creator;|
Works by Steven Knight
|Films written and directed|
|Films written only|
|TV series created|