English acting veteran who won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Screenplay for his film Gosford Park.
He studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art after graduating from Magdalene College, Sambridge.
He is also the creator of the popular English soap series Downtown Abbey.
He got married to Emma Kitchener in 1990; the couple had a daughter named Peregrine.
He acted with Pierce Brosnan in the 1997 Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.