Sir Ridley Scott

director and producer

Sir Ridley Scott is one of the most successful, influential and well known directors of his generation. Born in South Shields, Scott attended Grangefield Grammar School before studying at the Royal College of Art, where he helped establish the college film department. After graduation he began work at the BBC, before founding a production company with his brother Tony. His breakthrough film, Alien, was released in 1979, and since then he has directed box office hit after box office hit, including Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, American Gangster and Prometheus. He has been nominated for the Best Director prize at the Academy Awards three times, and in 2001 Gladiator won Best Picture. In 2003 he was knighted in the New Year’s Honours list. 

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