Alex Garland

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Alex Garland
Born Alexander Medawar Garland
1970 (age 44–45)
London, England, UK
Education BA in History of Art
Alma mater University of Manchester
Occupation Novelist, screenwriter
Years active 1996–present

Alexander Medawar "Alex" Garland[1] (born 1970) is an English novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director.

Early life[edit]

Garland was born in London, England, the son of psychoanalyst Caroline (née Medawar) and political cartoonist Nicholas Garland. His maternal grandparents were zoologist Peter Medawar and author Jean Medawar.[2] Garland attended the independent University College School, in Hampstead, London.


Garland received his BA (History of Art) in 1992 from the University of Manchester. His first novel, The Beach, was published in 1996 and drew on his experiences as a backpacker.[3] The novel was made into a film in 2000, by Danny Boyle, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The Tesseract, Garland's second novel, was published in 1998. This was also made into a film, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. In 2002, he wrote the screenplay for Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, starring Cillian Murphy.[4] His third novel, The Coma, was published in 2004 and was illustrated with woodcuts by his father, Nicholas Garland.

In 2005, Garland wrote a script for a film adaptation of Halo; he was paid $1 million. D. B. Weiss and Josh Olson rewrote this during 2006 for a 2008 release, though the film remains in development hell. In 2007, he wrote the screenplay for the film Sunshine – his second screenplay to be directed by Danny Boyle and to star Cillian Murphy. Garland also served as an executive producer on 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to 28 Days Later. He is the co-writer on the video game Enslaved: Odyssey to the West for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. He wrote the screenplay for the film Never Let Me Go, based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. He also wrote the script for Dredd, an adaptation of the Judge Dredd comic book series from 2000 AD. In 2014 he made his directorial debut with Ex Machina, a feature film based on his own story and screenplay.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to the actress Paloma Baeza.



Video games[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at
  2. ^ Peacock, Scot (2001). Contemporary Authors New Revision Series. Gale / Cengage Learning. p. 318. ISBN0787646091. 
  3. ^ The New York Times
  4. ^ The New York Times
  5. ^ Dredd 2

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