Biography of Ridley ScottRidley Scott is a famous English director and producer. The 40-year-old man came into the world of cinema, leaving behind his successful advertising business. His debut movie The Duellists (1977) became a sensation at the Cannes Film Festival.
Ridley Scott's Childhood and FamilyThe future world-famous movie director and producer was born on November 30, 1937, in South Shields. His father was an officer, so he was often absent from home. In addition, the service required frequent traveling, and the family had to move around the country. Ridley’s mother, Elizabeth Scott, was an actress, and it also affected their residence.
After receiving a certificate, the young man decided to enter West Hartlepool College of Art. He graduated from it at the age of 21 with a diploma in design. Then, Ridley thought that he had little education, so he entered the Royal College of Art.
His Advertising BusinessIn 1968, Ridley Scott's life changed dramatically - he and his brother founded their own advertising agency Ridley Associates. Young people were engaged in shooting commercials - at that time it was almost a new activity, so their company had no serious competitors. For several years, the man was improving his directing skills on short-selling videos. Over time, the company's management included Ridley’s sons, Jake and Luke, and a bit later his daughter Jordan.
Ridley Scott’s First Movie In 1977, it was Ridley Scott’s directorial debut - the feature movie The Duellists. It tells about French officers, who have changed the course of events during the Napoleonic Wars. At that time, the roles of the main characters were perfectly played by such well-known actors as Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine. This movie won an award for Best Debut Movie at the Cannes Film Festival.
Ridley Scott is a versatile director, capable of shooting on any subject. A year later, he resumed his cooperation with Russell Crowe and shot the romantic comedy A Good Year. In 2007, he released the thriller American Gangster, where Denzel Washington shared the set with the Gladiator.
Further cooperation between the director and the Australian actor continued. In 2008, Russell’s filmography was replenished by the dynamic thriller Body of Lies. This time Leonardo DiCaprio was his partner. In 2010, Crowe played the lead role in Robin Hood.
In 2012, all fans of Alien finally waited for the prequel. This movie was called Prometheus, but it did not attract the critics, who said that the movie was unfinished.
In 2015, Ridley made the science fiction movie The Martian, and this time he invited talented and charming Matt Damon to play the lead role. This movie completely rehabilitated the director after Exodus: Gods and Kings, which the critics recognized failed. The movie was commercially successful, and the audience liked it very much.
The crime drama All the Money in the World was the more successful work of Ridley Scott. In this movie, based on real events, Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg and Timothy Hutton starred. Christopher Plummer was nominated for his role in this movie at the Academy Awards.
Personal Life of Ridley ScottThe first girlfriend of the director, and at the time of their acquaintance the decorator on the BBC, was a girl named Felicity Heywood. The couple married in 1964, but by 1975 their relationship was broken up. Ridley had two children - Jake and Luke, the successors of their father's advertising business.
4 years later, the man got acquainted with Sandy Watson. Without thinking for a long time, he decided to marry. Their marriage lasted a little more - as much as 10 years. They had a wonderful daughter, Jordan, who later followed her father and became a director.
Divorced for the second time, Ridley plunged into his work, but on the set of the movie White Squall, in 1996, he met with actress Giannina Facio. The passion immediately broke out between them, and they decided to legalize their relationship. The couple is still happy together.