Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes (born August 17, 1949 in Egypt), known as Julian Fellowes, was an actor for over twenty years before winning the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay in 2001 for Gosford Park.
Fellowes is the youngest son of Peregrine Fellowes (a diplomat and arabist who campaigned to have Haile Selassie restored to his throne during World War II) and his first wife, Olwen. He was educated at Wetherby School, Ampleforth College, Magdalene College, Cambridge and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
He often played the part of Kilwillie in the television series Monarch of the Glen. Other notable acting roles included the part of Claud Seabrook in the acclaimed 1996 BBC drama serial Our Friends in the North.
His novel Snobs was published in 2004. It focused on the social nuances of the upper class and concerned the marriage of an upper-middle class girl, Edith Lavery - the daughter of an accountant and socially aspiring mother - to Charles, Earl Broughton - the son of the Marquess of Uckfield. Fellowes himself comes from the "bottom end of the gentry", as he has described it, and drew on his inside knowledge of the aristocracy to paint an intricate portrayal of the behaviour and snobbery of the upper class.
He launched a new series on BBC One in 2005, Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder, which he writes and also introduces on screen. He also penned the script to the current West End Musical Mary Poppins, produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Disney, soon coming to Broadway. In late 2005 Fellowes made his directorial debut with the film Separate Lies. He is the presenter of Never Mind the Full Stops, a panel-based gameshow scheduled for transmission on BBC Four in mid-2006.
He regularly writes speeches for members of the Conservative Party.
On 28 April 1990, he married Emma Joy Kitchener (who is a Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Michael of Kent, and great-great-niece of the 1st Earl Kitchener) and assumed the name Kitchener-Fellowes by deed enrolled with the College of Arms in 1998.