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Christopher Nolan

Nolan in 2013
Born Christopher Jonathan James Nolan
30 July 1970 (1970-07-30) (age 49)
London, United Kingdom
Residence Highgate, London, UK
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Chris Nolan
Citizenship United Kingdom and United States
Education B.A. in Eng. Lit.
Alma mater Haileybury and Imperial Service College,
University College London
Occupation Movie director, movie producer, screenwriter
Years active 1989–present
Style Neo-noir, nonlinear, psychological[1]
Influenced by Stanley Kubrick,
Terrence Malick,
Peter Jackson,
Fritz Lang,
David Lean,[2]
Sidney Lumet,
Ridley Scott,
Nicolas Roeg[3]
Influenced Brad Bird,
Sam Mendes,[4]
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Home town London, England,
Chicago, Illinois
Board member of Syncopy Films
Spouse Emma Thomas
Children 4
Relatives Jonathan Nolan (brother), Matthew Francis (brother),
Brendan Nolan (father),
Christina Nolan (mother),
John Nolan (uncle),
Miranda Nolan (cousin)
Awards Saturn Award for Best Writing
2005 Batman Begins
BSFC Award for Best Screenplay
2000 Memento
Critics Choice Award for Best Screenplay
2001 Memento
CFCA Award for Best Screenplay
2001 Memento
Empire Award for Best Director
2006 The Prestige
FFCC Award for Best Screenplay
2001 Memento
Independent Spirit Award for Best Director
2001 Memento
Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
2001 Memento
LAFCA Award for Best Screenplay
2000 Memento
OFCS Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2001 Memento

Christopher Jonathan James Nolan (born July 30, 1970) is a British-American movie director, writer and producer. He often works with his brother, author Jonathan Nolan. Nolan is best known for directing the psychological thriller Memento, and for reviving the Batman movie franchise as the director of The Dark Knight Trilogy. Each of them are Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). He is also the founder of the production company, Syncopy Films. Nolan is color blind to the colors of green and red.[5]

In July 2012, Nolan became the youngest director to be honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.[6]

The Dark Knight

In the months following the release of The Prestige (one of Nolan's other movies), Nolan made many comments suggesting that he would return to direct the sequel to Batman Begins.[7] In late July 2006, the sequel was officially confirmed as The Dark Knight with Nolan at the helm and Heath Ledger joining the cast as The Joker, Batman's arch-nemesis.[8] Nolan and his brother Jonathan wrote a script, based on a treatment written by himself and David S. Goyer. The movie began production in early 2007. It was released on July 18 2008 in the United States, to overwhelming critical acclaim. It has also made a lot of money, setting the record for the highest-grossing weekend opening in the U.S. with over $158 million.[9]


Nolan has frequently cast the following;

Actor Following
Batman Begins
The Prestige
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Christian Bale X markN X markN X markN X markN
Michael Caine X markN X markN X markN X markN X markN X markN
Mark Boone Junior X markN X markN
Anne Hathaway X markN X markN
Nicky Katt X markN X markN
Cillian Murphy X markN X markN X markN X markN
Jeremy Theobold X markN X markN X markN
Lucy Russell X markN X markN
Larry Holden X markN X markN X markN
Russ Fega X markN X markN
Morgan Freeman X markN X markN X markN
Gary Oldman X markN X markN X markN
Joseph Gordon-Levitt X markN X markN
Marion Cotillard X markN X markN
Tom Hardy X markN X markN
Liam Neeson X markN X markN
Ken Watanabe X markN X markN
Patrick Leahy X markN X markN
John Nolan X markN X markN X markN

Director filmography

Major motion pictures

Short movies

  • Tarantella (1989) (Also writer/producer)
  • Larceny (1996) (Also writer/producer)
  • Doodlebug (1997) (Also writer/producer)


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