Perfile of Julian Fellows
Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford DL is an English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter, and a Conservative peer of the House of Lords. He is primarily known as the author of several Sunday Times best-seller novels; for the screenplay for the film Gosford Park, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2002; and as the creator, writer and executive producer of the multiple award-winning ITV series Downton Abbey (2010–2015).
As an actor, Julian Fellowes seemed doomed to be someone of background, an actor who was almost never noticed in his various roles in more than three decades; but as a screen writer, he is destined to be great. From Gosford Park to Downton Abbey, his pen, observant, insightful, at times delightful, has given us a world of yesterday, elegant, exquisite, fragile, sutble, long gone but still so real.
Biography of Julian Fellows
Fellowes was born in Cairo, Egypt, the youngest son of Peregrine Edward Launcelot Fellowes (1912–1999), and his British wife, Olwen Mary. His father was a diplomat(and later worked for Shell Company) and Arabist who campaigned to have Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, restored to his throne during World War II.
Fellowes and his three older brothers: Nicholas Peregrine James, actor and writer David Andrew, and playwright Roderick Oliver lived in Wetherby Place, South Kensington as children and afterwards at Chiddingly, East Sussex, where Fellowes lived from August 1959 until November 1988, and where his parents are buried.
Fellowes was educated at several private schools, and read English Literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge, then studied further at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Fellowes moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and played a number of small roles on television for the next two years, but unable to launch his career so he moved back to London a few years later.
In 1987, Fellowes played a leading role in the TV series Knights of God as Brother Hugo, the "ambitious and ruthless second-in-command" of a futuristic military cult. In the following years, he appeared in various tv dramas and films, playing mostly aristocratic roles.
On 28 April 1990, Fellowes married Lady Emma Joy Kitchener (born 1963), daughter of The Hon. Charles Kitchener (1920–1982) and a lady-in-waiting to Princess Michael of Kent. They have a son.
Aside from acting in tvs, films and sometimes plays, John Fellowes wrote novels, scripts for films, tv dramas as well as theatre plays. He also worked as director. In the 1970s Fellowes wrote under the pseudonym Rebecca Greville several romantic novels but became a real successful novel writer after 2000s, all written under his real name.
In 2002, the movie script Fellowes wrote for Gosford Park won the Oscar for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, which also won a Writer's Guild of America award.
In 2004 he launched a new series on BBC One, Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder, which he wrote and introduced onscreen.
That same year, Fellowes' novel Snobs was published. It focuses on the social nuances of the upper class and concerns the marriage of an upper middle-class girl to a peer. Snobs was a Sunday Times best-seller.
In late 2005, Fellowes made his directorial début with the film Separate Lies, for which he won the award for Best Directorial Début from the National Board of Review.
In 2009 his novel Past Imperfect was published. Another Sunday Times best-seller, it deals with the débutante season of 1968, comparing the world then to the world of 2008.
The same year Fellowes wrote the original screenplay The Young Victoria which was released in 2009 by Momentum Pictures and Sony Pictures; HE also wrote screenplays for Vanity Fair, The Tourist and From Time to Time, which he also directed, and which won various awards.
His greatest commercial success was The Tourist which he co-wrote with Christopher McQuarrie and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck). It grossed US$278 million worldwide.
But it is in 2010, Fellowes achieved his greatest success as a screen writer after creating the period drama Downton Abbey for ITV1. He won a Primetime Emmy for outstanding writing and a Broadcasting Press Guild award.
On 13 January 2011, Fellowes was elevated to the peerage, being created Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, of West Stafford in the County of Dorset, and on the same day was introduced in the House of Lords, where he sits on the Conservative Benches.
Apart from being involved in politics, Julian Fellowes is also involved in philanthropic works, supporting a number of charities and causes based in England.
In March–April 2012, Fellowes wrote a new Titanic miniseries also for ITV1.
In 2016, Fellowes wrote another period novel, Belgravia which began broadcast in 11 weekly episodes from April 2016 and is available in audio and text format.
In September 2019, The film Downton Abbey , was released. Fellowes was the screenwriter and one of the producers.