Christopher Nolan

British–American filmmaker (born 1970)

Christopher Jonathan James Nolan (born 30 July 1970) is a British-American director, producer and screenwriter. He often works with his brother, author Jonathan Nolan. Nolan rose to prominence 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 through which his movies Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014) and Dunkirk (2017) were released.

Christopher Nolan
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Nolan in 2013
Christopher Jonathan James Nolan

(1970-07-30) 30 July 1970 (age 52)
Other namesChris Nolan
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
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]
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

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.[2]

The Dark KnightEdit

In the months following the release of The Prestige (another of Nolan's movies, released in 2006), Nolan made many comments suggesting that he would return to direct the sequel to Batman Begins.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]


Nolan has frequently cast the following;

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

Director filmographyEdit

Major motion picturesEdit

Short moviesEdit

  • 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. "Chris Nolan Receives Rare Hollywood Honor". Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  3. "Nolan Talks Next". IGN FilmForce. 12 October 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-09-19. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  4. Garth Franklin (31 July 2006). "It's Official: "Batman 2" Gets A Title". Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  5. "The Dark Knight Business Page on IMDb". Archived from the original on 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2018-07-03.

Other websitesEdit