Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan
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Nolan in 2013
Christopher Jonathan James Nolan

(1970-07-30) 30 July 1970 (age 49)
ResidenceHighgate, London, UK
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesChris Nolan
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom and United States
EducationB.A. in Eng. Lit.
Alma materHaileybury and Imperial Service College,
University College London
OccupationMovie director, movie producer, screenwriter
Years active1989–present
StyleNeo-noir, nonlinear, psychological[1]
Home townLondon, England,
Chicago, Illinois
Board member ofSyncopy Films
Spouse(s)Emma Thomas
RelativesJonathan Nolan (brother), Matthew Francis (brother),
Brendan Nolan (father),
Christina Nolan (mother),
John Nolan (uncle),
Miranda Nolan (cousin)
AwardsSaturn 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
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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.

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.[5]

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.[6] 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 nemesis.[7] 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.[8]


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 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 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 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)


  1. Haddon, Cole. (2010-07-12). "Interview: Christopher Nolan Talks 'Inception'". Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  2. "'The Dark Knight Rises': Bring on the 'Knight'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  3. "Christopher Nolan OnFilm Interview". Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  4. Davis, Edward (October 18, 2012). "Sam Mendes Says He Was "Not At All" Interested In Bond At First, Took Direct Inspiration From Nolan's 'Dark Knight' Films". IndieWire. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  5. "Chris Nolan Receives Rare Hollywood Honor". Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  6. "Nolan Talks Next". IGN FilmForce. 12 October 2005. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  7. Garth Franklin (31 July 2006). "It's Official: "Batman 2" Gets A Title". Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  8. "The Dark Knight Business Page on IMDb".

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