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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.

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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 59
James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE, known professionally as Hugh Laurie, is an English actor, writer, director, musician and comedian. He first became known as one-half of the Fry and Laurie double ...more
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Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 59
Simon Phillip Cowell is an English reality TV celebrity, music and television producer and talent scout. He is known in the United Kingdom and United States for his role as a talent judge on TV ...more
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)
John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of ...more
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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely ...more
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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 57
Ricky Dene Gervais is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, film director, producer, musician, screenwriter, and radio presenter. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a ...more
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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)
Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona ...more
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Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 48
Christopher Jonathan James Nolan is a British American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has created several of the most critically and commercially successful films of the early ...more
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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 79
John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the ...more
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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 81 (1899-1980)
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was an English film director and producer. Often nicknamed "The Master of Suspense", he pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological ...more
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Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 43
James Anthony Patrick "Jimmy" Carr is an English stand-up comedian, television host and actor, known for his signature laugh, deadpan delivery, dark humour, and use of edgy one-liners. ...more
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Bonnie Wright is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 28
Bonnie Francesca Wright is an English actress, model, screenwriter, director, and producer. She is best known for playing the role of Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, based on the ...more
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Stan Laurel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 75 (1890-1965)
Arthur Stanley Jefferson, better known by his stage name Stan Laurel, was an English comic actor, writer and film director, most famous as Laurel of comedic duo Laurel and Hardy – Hardy being ...more
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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 64
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, CBE is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Mr. Bean and Blackadder. Atkinson first came to prominence in the sketch ...more
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Guy Ritchie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 50
Guy Stuart Ritchie is an English filmmaker known for his films. He left high school and got entry-level jobs in the film industry in the mid-1990s. He eventually graduated to directing ...more
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Charlie Hunnam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 38
Charles Matthew "Charlie" Hunnam is an English actor and screenwriter . He is known for his roles as Jackson "Jax" Teller in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, Nathan Maloney in ...more
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Graham Chapman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 48 (1941-1989)
Graham Arthur Chapman was an English comedian, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python.
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Stephen Merchant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 44
Stephen James Merchant is an English writer, director, radio presenter, comedian, and actor. He is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais, as the co-writer and co-director of the ...more
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Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 58
Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and ...more
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Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 75
Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer and comedic composer. Idle is a member of the English surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of the Rutles on Saturday Night ...more
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Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 75
Michael Edward Palin CBE FRGS is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and later made a number of travel ...more
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Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 66 (1832-1898)
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's ...more
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Rudyard Kipling is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
Dec. at 71 (1865-1936)
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children. He was born in Bombay, in the Bombay ...more
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Jennifer Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 60
Jennifer Jane Saunders is an English comedian, screenwriter and actress. She has won three BAFTAs, an International Emmy Award, a British Comedy Award, a Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival ...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)
Herbert George Wells — known as H. G. Wells — was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for games. He ...more
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Steve Coogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Screenwriters from England
age 53
Stephen John "Steve" Coogan is an English actor, stand-up comedian, impressionist, writer, and producer. He began his career in the 1980s, working as a voice artist on the satirical ...more