Biography

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.  

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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.  

Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 107

Birthday 1937-11-30

Place of Birth South Shields, County Durham, England, UK

Official Site http://www.rsafilms.com/

Also Known As

  • Sir Ridley Scott

Production TV ShowsMovies

2019 Wraiths of the Broken LandProducer
2019 Alien: AwakeningProducer
2018 The ForceProducer
2018 The CartelProducer
2018 Empire of the Summer MoonProducer
2017 All the Money in the WorldProducer
2017 Blade Runner 2049Producer
2017 Blade Runner 2049Executive Producer
2017 Alien: CovenantProducer
2017 The Good Fight(10 episodes)Executive Producer
2016 India In a DayExecutive Producer
2016 MorganProducer
2016 EqualsExecutive Producer
2015 ConcussionProducer
2015 The MartianProducer
2015 ZeroExecutive Producer
2015 Child 44Producer
2015 Annabel's: A String of Naked LightbulbsExecutive Producer
2015 The Man in the High Castle(10 episodes)Executive Producer
2014 Exodus: Gods and KingsProducer
2014 Italy in a Day - Un giorno da italianiExecutive Producer
2014 KlondikeProducer
2013 Out of the FurnaceProducer
2013 Killing KennedyExecutive Producer
2013 The CounselorProducer
2013 Springsteen & IExecutive Producer
2013 The EastProducer
2013 StokerProducer
2012 ComaExecutive Producer
2012 Coma(2 episodes)Executive Producer
2012 LoomProducer
2012 PrometheusProducer
2012 The GreyProducer
2012 World Without EndProducer
2011 Life in a DayExecutive Producer
2010 The Pillars of the EarthExecutive Producer
2010 The Pillars of the Earth(8 episodes)Executive Producer
2010 CyrusExecutive Producer
2010 The A-TeamProducer
2010 Robin HoodProducer
2009 CracksExecutive Producer
2009 The Good Wife(157 episodes)Executive Producer
2008 Body of LiesProducer
2008 The Andromeda Strain(2 episodes)Executive Producer
2007 American GangsterProducer
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert FordProducer
2007 The Company(3 episodes)Producer
2006 A Good YearProducer
2006 Tristan & IsoldeExecutive Producer
2006 Numb3rs(136 episodes)Producer
2005 In Her ShoesProducer
2005 Kingdom of HeavenProducer
2003 Matchstick MenProducer
2002 AFP: American Fighter Pilot(8 episodes)Producer
2001 Black Hawk DownProducer
2001 HannibalProducer
2000 GladiatorExecutive Producer
1999 RKO 281Executive Producer
1997 G.I. JaneProducer
1996 White SquallExecutive Producer
1994 Monkey TroubleExecutive Producer
1992 1492: Conquest of ParadiseProducer
1991 Thelma & LouiseProducer
1900 The Burning WomanProducer
1900 Mind MGMTProducer
1900 The PassageProducer
1900 RKO 281(0 episodes)Executive Producer
1900 Killing Lincoln(0 episodes)Producer
1900 The Sector(0 episodes)Producer
1900 Arc(0 episodes)Producer
1900 Nomads(0 episodes)Producer

Directing

2019 Alien: AwakeningDirector
2019 Battle of BritainDirector
2019 Wraiths of the Broken LandDirector
2018 The CartelDirector
2017 All the Money in the WorldDirector
2017 Alien: CovenantDirector
2017 Prologue: The CrossingDirector
2015 The MartianDirector
2014 Exodus: Gods and KingsDirector
2013 The CounselorDirector
2012 The Peter Weyland FilesDirector
2012 PrometheusDirector
2010 Robin HoodDirector
2008 Body of LiesDirector
2007 American GangsterDirector
2006 A Good YearDirector
2005 Le Court des grandsDirector
2005 All the Invisible ChildrenDirector
2005 Kingdom of HeavenDirector
2003 Matchstick MenDirector
2001 Black Hawk DownDirector
2001 HannibalDirector
2000 GladiatorDirector
1997 G.I. JaneDirector
1996 White SquallDirector
1992 1492: Conquest of ParadiseDirector
1991 Thelma & LouiseDirector
1989 Black RainDirector
1987 Someone to Watch Over MeDirector
1985 LegendDirector
1984 Apple Mac: 1984Director
1982 Blade RunnerDirector
1979 AlienDirector
1977 The DuellistsDirector
1966 Adam Adamant Lives!(3 episodes)Director
1965 Thirty-Minute Theatre(1 episode)Director
1965 Boy and BicycleDirector
1962 Z-Cars(2 episodes)Director
1959 The Troubleshooters(1 episode)Director

Acting

2017 Laddie as Himself
2015 Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine as Himself (archive footage)
2015 Keepers of the Covenant: Making Exodus: Gods and Kings as Himself
2012 The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus as Himself
2012 Die Science Fiction Propheten as Himself
2011 Prophets of Science Fiction(8 episodes) as Himself
2010 The Real Robin Hood as Himself
2007 Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner as Himself
2006 Black Rain: Making The Film as Himself
2005 Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema as Himself
2005 Strength and Honor: Creating the World of Gladiator as Himself
2003 The Beast Within: Making 'Alien' as Himself
2003 Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey as Himself
2002 Creating a Myth... the Memories of 'Legend' as Himself
2000 On the Edge of 'Blade Runner' as Himself
1999 The Alien Legacy as Himself
1979 Giger's Alien
1977 The Hollywood Greats(1 episode)
1900 The Directors(1 episode)

Writing

2017 Prologue: The CrossingStory
2017 Prologue: Last SupperWriter
2011 Prophets of Science Fiction(8 episodes)Author

Creator

2015 The Man in the High CastleCreator

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