|Born||10 April 1963
|Genres||Comedy, drama, historical fiction|
|Notable work(s)||The Deal
Peter Morgan (born 10 April 1963) is an Academy Award nominated English screenwriter and playwright, best known for writing the plays and films The Deal, The Queen, Frost/Nixon and The Last King of Scotland.
Peter Morgan was born in London, the son of refugees; his father Arthur Morgenthau was a German Jew who fled the Nazis, and his mother Inga a Catholic Pole who fled the Soviets. His father died when Morgan was aged 9. He attended boarding school at Downside School, Somerset. He gained a degree in Fine Art from the University of Leeds.
He lived in Battersea, south London, with his Austrian wife Lila Schwarzenberg and their daughters and three sons. Peter Morgan and his family relocated to Vienna in the winter of 2006.
Morgan wrote television scripts throughout the 1990s, including an episode of Rik Mayall Presents... and the Comedy Premiere The Chest. He wrote the screenplay to the romantic comedy Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence (1998) and had some success with the TV series The Jury (2002). He broke through with The Deal, a 2003 television drama about the power-sharing deal between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown that was struck in the Granita restaurant in London. He received an Oscar nomination for The Deal's follow-up The Queen, a 2006 feature film starring Helen Mirren that showed the impact of the death of Princess Diana on the royal family and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In 2007, he earned a Golden Globe from the Hollywood Foreign Press for his work on The Queen.
2006 also saw the release of The Last King of Scotland, the screenplay of which Morgan adapted with Jeremy Brock. In 2007 they jointly won a BAFTA Film Award for their work on the film.
Also in 2006, Morgan's first play, Frost/Nixon, was staged at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London. Starring Michael Sheen as David Frost and Frank Langella as Richard Nixon, the play concerns the series of televised interviews that the disgraced former president granted Frost in 1977. These ended with his tacit admission of guilt regarding his role in the Watergate scandal. The play was directed by Michael Grandage and opened to enthusiastic reviews.
In May 2007, the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival honoured Morgan with the year's Kanbar Award for Excellence in Screenwriting. Variety announced in 2008 that Morgan will be directing the sequel to The Queen, The Special Relationship, which screenplay he has also written. Michael Sheen will be reprising his role as Blair. The film will focus on Blair's relationship with U.S president Bill Clinton between 1997 and 2000. In 2008 Morgan adapted John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy into a screenplay for Working Title Films.
He has since finished the script for Hereafter, a supernatural thriller with a premise similar to The Sixth Sense. DreamWorks bought the screenplay on spec in March 2008. As of November 2008, Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct the film.
In 2008 the film Frost/Nixon, with Sheen and Langella playing the parts they had on stage, opened in the United States and Great Britain. It has received excellent reviews.
- The Last King of Scotland (2006)
- The Queen (2006)
- The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
- Frost/Nixon (2008)
- The Damned United (2009)
- State of Play (2009) (rewrites)
- ^ Hanks, Robert (24 February 2007) "Peter Morgan: Drama king", The Independent. Retrieved on 14 January 2009.
- ^ Thompson, Anne (15 December 2008). "Peter Morgan retackles Tony Blair", Variety, Reed Business Information. Retrieved on 16 December 2008.
- ^ Martin, Francesca (4 June 2008). "Tinker, tailor, soldier, film star". The Guardian. http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,2283640,00.html. Retrieved on 2008-06-04.
- ^ Siegel, Tatiana (13 November 2008). "Eastwood, Spielberg talking thriller". Variety (Reed Business Information). http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117995852.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&nid=2562. Retrieved on 2008-11-18.
- Profile in the Observer, September 2006
- Peter Morgan at the Internet Movie Database