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Famous Screenwriters from England

Updated October 13, 2018 744 items

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. {#nodes}
  • Hugh Laurie1

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    James Hugh Calum Laurie, (; born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, director, singer,...  more

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  • Simon Cowell2

    BirthplaceLambeth, London, United Kingdom

    Simon Phillip Cowell (; born 7 October 1959) is an English television music and talent show...  more

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  • John Lennon3

    John Lennon

    Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an...  more

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  • Winston Churchill4

    Winston Churchill

    Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)

    BirthplaceBlenheim Palace, Woodstock, United Kingdom

    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British...  more

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  • Ricky Gervais5

    BirthplaceSouth East England, Eurasia, Reading, United Kingdom, England

    Ricky Dene Gervais (; born 25 June 1961) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, director,...  more

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  • Charlie Chaplin6

    Charlie Chaplin

    Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

    BirthplaceWalworth, United Kingdom

    Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor,...  more

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  • Christopher Nolan7

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Christopher Edward Nolan, (born 30 July 1970) is an English-American film director,...  more

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  • John Cleese8

    BirthplaceWeston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

    John Marwood Cleese (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian,...  more

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  • Alfred Hitchcock9

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Dec. at 81 (1899-1980)

    BirthplaceLeytonstone, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and...  more

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  • Jimmy Carr10

    Jimmy Carr

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Hounslow, London, United Kingdom

    James Anthony Patrick Carr (born 15 September 1972) is an English stand-up comedian,...  more

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  • Bonnie Wright11

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Bonnie Francesca Wright (born 17 February 1991) is an English actress, film director,...  more

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  • Stan Laurel12

    Stan Laurel

    Dec. at 75 (1890-1965)

    BirthplaceUlverston, United Kingdom

    Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English...  more

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  • Rowan Atkinson13

    BirthplaceConsett, United Kingdom

    Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born January 6, 1955), CBE is an English actor, comedian, and...  more

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  • Guy Ritchie14

    BirthplaceEast of England, Hertfordshire, Welwyn Hatfield, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

    Guy Stuart Ritchie (born 10 September 1968) is an English film director, film producer,...  more
  • Charlie Hunnam15

    BirthplaceNewcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

    Charles Matthew Hunnam (born 10 April 1980) is an English actor and model. He is known for...  more

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  • Graham Chapman16

    Graham Chapman

    Dec. at 48 (1941-1989)

    BirthplaceStoneygate, United Kingdom

    Graham Arthur Chapman (8 January 1941 – 4 October 1989) was an English comedian, writer,...  more

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  • Stephen Merchant17

    BirthplaceBristol, United Kingdom

    Stephen James Merchant (born 24 November 1974) is an English-American writer, director, radio...  more

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  • Neil Gaiman18

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Portchester

    Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of short fiction,...  more

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  • Eric Idle19

    Eric Idle

    Age: 77

    BirthplaceSouth Shields, United Kingdom

    Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author,...  more

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  • Michael Palin20

    BirthplaceBroomhill, United Kingdom

    Sir Michael Edward Palin, (; born 5 May 1943), is an English comedian, actor, writer and...  more

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  • Lewis Carroll21

    Lewis Carroll

    Dec. at 66 (1832-1898)

    BirthplaceDaresbury, Widnes, United Kingdom

    Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (; 27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name...  more

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  • Rudyard Kipling22

    Rudyard Kipling

    Dec. at 71 (1865-1936)

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Joseph Rudyard Kipling ( RUD-yərd; 30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English...  more

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  • Jennifer Saunders23

    BirthplaceSleaford, United Kingdom

    Jennifer Jane Saunders (born 6 July 1958) is an English comedian, screenwriter, singer and...  more

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  • H. G. Wells24

    H. G. Wells

    Dec. at 80 (1866-1946)

    BirthplaceBromley, United Kingdom

    Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English writer. He was...  more

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  • Steve Coogan25

    BirthplaceMiddleton, United Kingdom

    Stephen John Coogan (; born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, comedian, and producer. He...  more

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