Ridley Scott

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.  

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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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 96

Birthday 1937-11-30

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

Adult Actor False

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

Also Known As

  • Sir Ridley Scott

Known For

Production TV ShowsMovies

2018 Wraiths of the Broken Land … Producer
2018 Empire of the Summer Moon … Producer
2017 Blade Runner 2049 … Producer
2017 Alien: Covenant … Producer
2016 Morgan … Producer
2015 Concussion … Producer
2015 The Martian … Producer
2015 Equals … Executive Producer
2015 Zero … Executive Producer
2015 Child 44 … Producer
2015 Annabel's: A String of Naked Lightbulbs … Executive Producer
2015 The Man in the High Castle(10 episodes) … Executive Producer
2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings … Producer
2014 Italy in a Day - Un giorno da italiani … Executive Producer
2014 Klondike … Producer
2013 Out of the Furnace … Producer
2013 Killing Kennedy … Executive Producer
2013 The Counselor … Producer
2013 Springsteen & I … Executive Producer
2013 The East … Producer
2013 Stoker … Producer
2012 Coma … Executive Producer
2012 Coma(2 episodes) … Executive Producer
2012 Loom … Producer
2012 Prometheus … Producer
2011 The Grey … Producer
2011 Life in a Day … Executive Producer
2010 The Pillars of the Earth(8 episodes) … Executive Producer
2010 The A-Team … Producer
2010 Robin Hood … Producer
2009 Cracks … Executive Producer
2009 The Good Wife(113 episodes) … Executive Producer
2008 Body of Lies … Producer
2008 The Andromeda Strain(2 episodes) … Executive Producer
2007 American Gangster … Producer
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford … Producer
2007 The Company(3 episodes) … Producer
2006 A Good Year … Producer
2006 Tristan & Isolde … Executive Producer
2006 Numb3rs(136 episodes) … Producer
2005 In Her Shoes … Producer
2005 Kingdom of Heaven … Producer
2003 Matchstick Men … Producer
2002 AFP: American Fighter Pilot(8 episodes) … Producer
2001 Black Hawk Down … Producer
2001 Hannibal … Producer
2000 Gladiator … Executive Producer
1999 RKO 281 … Executive Producer
1997 G.I. Jane … Producer
1996 White Squall … Executive Producer
1994 Monkey Trouble … Executive Producer
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise … Producer
1991 Thelma & Louise … Producer
1900 India In a Day … Executive Producer
1900 The Burning Woman … Producer
1900 Mind MGMT … Producer
1900 Untitled Neill Blomkamp Alien Project … Producer
1900 The Passage … Producer
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

2018 Wraiths of the Broken Land … Director
2017 Alien: Covenant … Director
2015 The Martian … Director
2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings … Director
2013 The Counselor … Director
2012 Prometheus … Director
2010 Robin Hood … Director
2008 Body of Lies … Director
2007 American Gangster … Director
2006 A Good Year … Director
2005 Le Court des grands … Director
2005 All the Invisible Children … Director
2005 Kingdom of Heaven … Director
2003 Matchstick Men … Director
2001 Black Hawk Down … Director
2001 Hannibal … Director
2000 Gladiator … Director
1997 G.I. Jane … Director
1996 White Squall … Director
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise … Director
1991 Thelma & Louise … Director
1989 Black Rain … Director
1987 Someone to Watch Over Me … Director
1985 Legend … Director
1984 Apple Mac: 1984 … Director
1982 Blade Runner … Director
1979 Alien … Director
1977 The Duellists … Director
1966 Adam Adamant Lives!(3 episodes) … Director
1965 Thirty-Minute Theatre(1 episode) … Director
1965 Boy and Bicycle … Director
1962 Z-Cars(2 episodes) … Director
1959 The Troubleshooters(1 episode) … Director
1900 The Cartel … 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
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
1977 The Hollywood Greats(1 episode)
1900 The Directors(1 episode)

Creator

2017 Taboo … Creator
2015 The Man in the High Castle … Creator

Writing

2017 Blade Runner 2049 … Story
2011 Prophets of Science Fiction(8 episodes) … Author

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