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List of notable or famous screenwriters from England, with bios and photos, including the top screenwriters born in England and even some popular screenwriters who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English screenwriters then this list is the perfect resource for you. These screenwriters are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known screenwriter from England is included when available.

People include everything from John Lennon to Simon Cowell.

This historic screenwriters from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English screenwriters of note?" and "Who are the most famous screenwriters from England?" These prominent screenwriters of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English screenwriters.

Use this list of renowned English screenwriters to discover some new screenwriters that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (744 items)
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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 59

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

James Hugh Calum Laurie, (; born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, director, singer, musician, comedian and author. Laurie first gained recognition for his work as one half of the comedy double ...more

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Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 59

Birthplace: Lambeth, London, United Kingdom

Simon Phillip Cowell (; born 7 October 1959) is an English television music and talent show judge, businessman, A&R executive, talent manager, television producer, and entrepreneur. He has ...more

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the rhythm guitarist for ...more

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)

Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when ...more

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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 57

Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom

Ricky Dene Gervais (; born 25 June 1961) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and singer. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop ...more

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

Birthplace: Walworth, United Kingdom

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through ...more

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Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 48

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Christopher Edward Nolan, (born 30 July 1970) is an English-American film director, screenwriter, and producer, who is known for making personal, distinctive films within the Hollywood ...more

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 79

Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

John Marwood Cleese (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 81 (1899-1980)

Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known ...more

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Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 46

Birthplace: London Borough of Hounslow, London, United Kingdom

James Anthony Patrick Carr (born 15 September 1972) is an English stand-up comedian, presenter, writer, and actor who holds both British and Irish citizenship. He is known for his deadpan ...more

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Bonnie Wright is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 28

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Bonnie Francesca Wright (born 17 February 1991) is an English actress, film director, screenwriter, model and producer. She is best known for playing the role of Ginny Weasley in the Harry ...more

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Stan Laurel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 75 (1890-1965)

Birthplace: Ulverston, United Kingdom

Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer, and film director who was part of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. He appeared ...more

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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 64

Birthplace: Consett, United Kingdom

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born January 6, 1955), CBE is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Mr. Bean and Blackadder. Atkinson first came to ...more

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Guy Ritchie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 50

Birthplace: Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England

Guy Stuart Ritchie (born 10 September 1968) is an English film director, film producer, screenwriter, and businessman, known for his British gangster films. He left secondary school and got ...more

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Charlie Hunnam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 38

Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Charles Matthew Hunnam (born 10 April 1980) is an English actor and model. He is known for his roles as Jackson "Jax" Teller in the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014) for ...more

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Graham Chapman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 48 (1941-1989)

Birthplace: Stoneygate, United Kingdom

Graham Arthur Chapman (8 January 1941 – 4 October 1989) was an English comedian, writer, actor, author, and one of the six members of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python. He played ...more

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Stephen Merchant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 44

Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom

Stephen James Merchant (born 24 November 1974) is an English-American writer, director, radio presenter, comedian and actor. Merchant is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais and ...more

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Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 58

Birthplace: Portchester, United Kingdom

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre, and films. His works include the ...more

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Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 75

Birthplace: South Shields, United Kingdom

Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author, singer-songwriter, musician, writer, and comedic composer. Idle was a member of the British surreal comedy ...more

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Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 75

Birthplace: Broomhill, United Kingdom

Sir Michael Edward Palin, (; born 5 May 1943), is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was a member of the comedy group Monty Python. Since 1980 he has made a number ...more

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Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 66 (1832-1898)

Birthplace: Daresbury, Widnes, United Kingdom

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (; 27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer of world-famous children's fiction, notably Alice's Adventures ...more

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Rudyard Kipling is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 71 (1865-1936)

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Joseph Rudyard Kipling ( RUD-yərd; 30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He was born in India, which inspired much of his work. ...more

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Jennifer Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 60

Birthplace: Sleaford, United Kingdom

Jennifer Jane Saunders (born 6 July 1958) is an English comedian, screenwriter, singer and actress. She has won three BAFTAs (including the BAFTA Fellowship), a British Comedy Award, a Rose d'Or ...more

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H. G. Wells is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 80 (1866-1946)

Birthplace: Bromley, United Kingdom

Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English writer. He was prolific in many genres, writing dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, history, ...more

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Steve Coogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Age: 53

Birthplace: Middleton, United Kingdom

Stephen John Coogan (; born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, comedian, and producer. He began his career in the 1980s, working as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image ...more

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