Ridley Scott

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Scott was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, the son of Elizabeth and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. He was raised in an Army family, meaning that for most of his early life, his father — an officer in the Royal Engineers — was absent. Ridley's older brother, Frank, joined the Merchant Navy when he was still young and the pair had little contact. During this time the family moved around, living in (among other areas) Cumbria, Wales and Germany. He has a younger brother, Tony, also a film director. After the Second World War, the Scott family moved back to their native north-east England, eventually settling in Teesside (whose industrial landscape would later inspire similar scenes in Blade Runner). He enjoyed watching films, and his favourites include Lawrence of Arabia, Citizen Kane and Seven Samurai. Scott studied in Teesside from 1954 to 1958, at Grangefield Grammar School and later in West Hartlepool College of Art, graduating with a Diploma in Design. He progressed to an M.A. in graphic design at the Royal College of Art from 1960 to 1962.

At the RCA he contributed to the college magazine, ARK and helped to establish its film department. For his final show, he made a black and white short film, Boy and Bicycle, starring his younger brother, Tony Scott, and his father. The film's main visual elements would become features of Scott's later work; it was issued on the 'Extras' section of The Duellists DVD. After graduation in 1963, he secured a job as a trainee set designer with the BBC, leading to work on the popular television police series Z-Cars and the science fiction series Out of the Unknown. Scott was an admirer of Stanley Kubrick early in his development as a director. For his entry to the BBC traineeship, Scott remade Paths of Glory as a short film.

He was assigned to design the second Doctor Who serial, The Daleks, which would have entailed realising the famous alien creatures. However, shortly before Scott was due to start work, a schedule conflict meant that he was replaced on the serial by Raymond Cusick.

At the BBC, Scott was placed into a director training programme and, before he left the corporation, had directed episodes of Z-Cars, its spin-off, Softly, Softly, and adventure series Adam Adamant Lives!

In 1968, Ridley and Tony Scott founded Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), a film and commercial production company.Five members of the Scott family are directors, all working for RSA. Brother Tony has been a successful film director for more than two decades; sons, Jake and Luke are both acclaimed commercials directors as is his daughter, Jordan Scott. Jake and Jordan both work from Los Angeles and Luke is based in London.

In 1995, Shepperton Studios was purchased by a consortium headed by Ridley and Tony Scott, which extensively renovated the studios while also expanding and improving its grounds.  

MOVIE CREDITS:
1977: Camera Operator - The Duellists
2018: Thanks - Thlípsi
1982: Director - Blade Runner
2000: Director - Gladiator
1979: Director - Alien
2001: Director - Black Hawk Down
1992: Director - 1492: Conquest of Paradise
2005: Director - Kingdom of Heaven
1991: Director - Thelma & Louise
1996: Director - White Squall
1989: Director - Black Rain
1997: Director - G.I. Jane
2007: Director - American Gangster
2010: Director - Robin Hood
2003: Director - Matchstick Men
1987: Director - Someone to Watch Over Me
1985: Director - Legend
2008: Director - Body of Lies
2006: Director - A Good Year
2001: Director - Hannibal
1965: Director - Boy and Bicycle
1977: Director - The Duellists
2012: Director - Prometheus
2013: Director - The Counselor
2017: Director - Alien: Covenant
2014: Director - Exodus: Gods and Kings
2015: Director - The Martian
2005: Director - Le court des grands
2017: Director - All the Money in the World
Director - Battle of Britain
2017: Director - Alien: Covenant - Prologue: The Crossing
2005: Director - All the Invisible Children
2007: Director - Cinema 16: European Short Films (U.S. Edition)
1991: Director - The King of Ads
1993: Director - The King of Ads, Part 2
Director - Merlin Saga
Director - Untitled Gladiator Sequel
2019: Director - The Journey
2021: Director - The Last Duel
Director - Queen & Country
2021: Director - Gucci
2019: Director - The Seven Worlds
2001: Producer - Black Hawk Down
1992: Producer - 1492: Conquest of Paradise
2005: Producer - Kingdom of Heaven
1991: Producer - Thelma & Louise
1996: Executive Producer - White Squall
1997: Producer - G.I. Jane
2007: Producer - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
2007: Producer - American Gangster
2010: Producer - Robin Hood
2005: Producer - In Her Shoes
2008: Producer - Body of Lies
2006: Producer - A Good Year
2001: Producer - Hannibal
2010: Producer - The A-Team
1999: Executive Producer - RKO 281
2012: Producer - Prometheus
2011: Producer - The Grey
2013: Producer - Stoker
2013: Producer - The East
2015: Producer - Child 44
2013: Producer - Out of the Furnace
2012: Executive Producer - Loom
2013: Executive Producer - Killing Kennedy
2013: Producer - The Counselor
2014: Producer - Exodus: Gods and Kings
2006: Executive Producer - Tristan & Isolde
2014: Executive Producer - Italy in a Day - Un giorno da italiani
2015: Producer - The Martian
2015: Producer - Concussion
2011: Executive Producer - Life in a Day
Producer - Mind MGMT
2018: Producer - American Woman
2015: Executive Producer - Zero
2003: Producer - Matchstick Men
2009: Executive Producer - Cracks
2000: Executive Producer - Gladiator
2015: Executive Producer - Annabel's: A String of Naked Lightbulbs
2017: Producer - Blade Runner 2049
2017: Producer - Alien: Covenant
2016: Producer - Morgan
2015: Executive Producer - Equals
2016: Executive Producer - India In a Day
2013: Executive Producer - Springsteen & I
1994: Executive Producer - Monkey Trouble
Producer - Empire of the Summer Moon
Producer - Wraiths of the Broken Land
2017: Producer - All the Money in the World
2010: Executive Producer - Cyrus
Producer - The Force
2017: Executive Producer - Blade Runner 2049
2017: Producer - Murder on the Orient Express
2017: Producer - 2036: Nexus Dawn
2017: Producer - Phoenix Forgotten
1998: Producer - Clay Pigeons
2009: Executive Producer - Into the Storm
2012: Executive Producer - Japan in a Day
2016: Executive Producer - Mindhorn
2018: Executive Producer - Zoe
2012: Producer - The Peter Weyland Files: TED 2023
2017: Producer - Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
Producer - Merlin Saga
2017: Executive Producer - Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
2019: Producer - The Aftermath
2021: Producer - The Last Duel
Producer - Battle of Britain
Producer - Untitled Gladiator Sequel
Producer - Queen & Country
2019: Executive Producer - Jungleland
2019: Executive Producer - The Friend
1987: Executive Producer - Someone to Watch Over Me
2021: Producer - Gucci
2019: Producer - Earthquake Bird
2019: Executive Producer - A Christmas Carol
Executive Producer - Naked Singularity
2013: Executive Producer - Welcome to the Punch
2002: Executive Producer - Hostage
2002: Executive Producer - Ticker
2002: Executive Producer - Beat the Devil
2012: Producer - The Peter Weyland Files: Happy Birthday, David
2012: Producer - The Peter Weyland Files: Quiet Eye - Elizabeth Shaw
2012: Producer - The Peter Weyland Files: Prometheus Transmission
2017: Producer - Alien: Covenant - Prologue: The Crossing
2020: Executive Producer - Switzerlanders
2021: Executive Producer - Life in a Day
2017: Writer - Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper
2017: Screenstory - 2036: Nexus Dawn
2017: Writer - Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Meet Walter

TV CREDITS:
1966: Director - Adam Adamant Lives!
1962: Director - Z-Cars
1965: Director - Thirty-Minute Theatre
2020: Director - Raised by Wolves
2006: Producer - Numb3rs
2008: Executive Producer - The Andromeda Strain
2002: Producer - AFP: American Fighter Pilot
2010: Executive Producer - The Pillars of the Earth
2012: Executive Producer - Coma
2015: Executive Producer - The Man in the High Castle
2017: Executive Producer - The Good Fight
2009: Executive Producer - The Good Wife
2018: Executive Producer - Strange Angel
2019: Executive Producer - The Passage
2012: Producer - World Without End
2007: Executive Producer - The Company
2014: Executive Producer - Klondike
2018: Executive Producer - The Terror
2020: Executive Producer - Raised by Wolves
2016: Executive Producer - Jean-Claude Van Johnson