Jane Goldman

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Jane Goldman
Jane Goldman.jpg
Born Jane Loretta Anne Goldman
(1970-06-11) 11 June 1970 (age 43)
Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Occupation Screenwriter, author and producer
Years active 1993–present
Known for Writing:
Stardust (2007)
Kick-Ass (2010)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
The Woman in Black (2012)
Jane Goldman Investigates (2003–04)
Spouse(s) Jonathan Ross (1988-present; 3 children)

Jane Loretta Anne Goldman[1] (born 11 June 1970) is an English screenwriter, author and producer. She is mostly known for co-writing with Matthew Vaughn the screenplays of Stardust (2007), Kick-Ass (2010) and X-Men: First Class (2011). Both met high critical praise for their partnership works. The Woman in Black (2012) is the first solo screenplay by Goldman. She is also known for writing the books The X-Files Book of the Unexplained and Dreamworld, and presenting her own paranormal TV series, Jane Goldman Investigates, on the channel Living, between 2003 and 2004.

At this moment, Jane Goldman is linked to many projects. X-Men: Days of Future Past (the sequel to First Class and X-Men: The Last Stand) and The Secret Service (adaptation of the homonymous comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons) are two of them. Both films are partnerships with Matthew Vaughn and are set to be released in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Jane Goldman was born in Hammersmith, London, the daughter of Amanda and Stuart Goldman. At the age of 13, she was sent by her parents, willingly, to a tutorial college where she did her O levels in journalism.

During her job at the Daily Star, at the age of 16, she met TV presenter Jonathan Ross. They started a relationship and married in 1988, when Goldman was 18 years old. The couple have three children: two daughters and a son. The family lives in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London.

Professional career[edit]

Journalism, books and TV[edit]

As a journalist, Goldman worked to newspapers and magazines such as Just Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The Times, Evening Standard, Zero, Daily Star and Total Guitar. At the age of 19, she became a freelance writer.[2][3][4]

Goldman also wrote books: Thirteen-Something (1993), Streetsmarts: A Teenagers Safety Guide (1996), Sussed and Streetwise (1997), the two-volume best-selling series The X-Files Book of the Unexplained (1997), her first and only novel Dreamworld (2000) and Do the Right Thing (2007).

Between 2003 and 2004 she had her own television series. Jane Goldman Investigates researched about the paranormal and was transmitted by channel Living. Goldman is also in the production team of a number of TV shows, such as The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.[5][6]

Screenwriting and partnership with Matthew Vaughn[edit]

She made the jump to screenwriting, and was a part of the writing team for David Baddiel's short-lived sitcom Baddiel's Syndrome, in 2001. Later, she co-wrote the screenplay of Stardust (2007), based on the homonymous novel by Neil Gaiman and directed by Matthew Vaughn. Gaiman introduced Goldman to Vaughn in order to provide the director some help with the adaptation process.[7] The film received many accolades[8][9] and gave the screenwriters a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.[10]

After Stardust, Goldman became a frequent collaborator of director Matthew Vaughn, co-writing his next films, the comic book adaptations Kick-Ass (2010) and X-Men: First Class (2011). Both films met strong praise amongst film critics. Kick-Ass enjoys a cult following and X-Men: First Class is considered by many critics the best of all X-Men films up to now. Rotten Tomatoes consensus says: "With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the franchise."[11][12][13][14]

She continued to work in adaptations, and was also a co-writer with Vaughn and Peter Straughan in the 2011 drama-thriller The Debt, which was based on the 2007 Israeli film HaHov and directed by John Madden. Goldman also adapted for Hammer The Woman in Black, based on Susan Hill's horror novel. This film was directed by James Watkins and it is the first solo screenplay by Goldman.[15] It was released in 2012 and met positive reviews.[16][17] In March 2013, The Woman in Black won the Empire Award for Best Horror.[18]

Upcoming projects[edit]

Jane Goldman is attached to many upcoming projects: Nonplayer, a sci-fic for Warner Bros., adaptation of the comic book by Nate Simpson; Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem, adaptation of the novel by Peter Ackroyd; a rewrite in the Pinocchio screenplay firstly written by Bryan Fuller, and an adaptation of the novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. The latter will be directed by Tim Burton. She is also attached to the adaptation of Anubis, based on a science fiction-comedy short story by Paul Murray, and to X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to First Class, writing the story with producer Matthew Vaughn and Simon Kinberg.[19][20][21][22][23][24]

In March 2013, it was reported that Goldman wrote with Vaughn the script The Secret Service, based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.[25]

In popular culture[edit]

Alongside her husband, Goldman appeared as a character in Neil Gaiman's short story "The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch" in 1996. Gaiman is a personal friend of the couple.[26][27]



Year Film Credit Notes Ref.
2007 Stardust Screenplay (with Matthew Vaughn) Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (shared with Vaughn, Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess)
Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Award for Best Filmmaker
2010 Kick-Ass Screenplay (with Matthew Vaughn), co-producer Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Award for Best Filmmaker
Total Film Magazine Award for Best Writer
Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Original Screenplay
Women in Film and TV (The UK Film Council Writing Award)
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Screenplay
2011 James Bond Supports International Women's Day Screenplay 2 min. short in praise of the International Women's Day. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, with Daniel Craig and Judi Dench. [30]
2011 X-Men: First Class Screenplay (with Matthew Vaughn and Zack Stentz & Ashley Miller)
2011 The Debt Screenplay (with Matthew Vaughn and Peter Straughan)
2012 The Woman in Black Screenplay
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Producer[31]
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Story (with Matthew Vaughn and Simon Kinberg; screenplay by Simon Kinberg)
2014 The Secret Service Screenplay (with Matthew Vaughn)


Year Book Notes Notes Ref.
1993 Thirteen-Something: A Survivor's Guide Non-fiction / Published by Piccadilly Press Ltd.
1996 Streetsmarts: A Teenager's Safety Guide Non-fiction / Published by Barrons Juveniles
1997 Sussed and Streetwise: A Teenager's Safety Guide Non-fiction / Published by Penguin Books
1997 The X-Files Book of the Unexplained – Vol. 1 Non-fiction / Published by Harper Paperbacks Nominated – Writers' Guild Award [28]
1997 The X-Files Book of the Unexplained – Vol. 2 Non-fiction / Published by Simon & Schuster Nominated – Nibbie Award [28]
2000 Dreamworld Fiction (Goldman's first novel) / Published by Pocket Books, MTV Books
2003 Do the Right Thing: A Teenager's Survival Guide for Tricky Situations Non-fiction / Published by Piccadilly Press Ltd.
2008 The X-Files Book of the Unexplained: Volumes 1 and 2 Non-fiction / Published by It Books


Year TV Programme Credit/Role Notes Ref.
2001 Baddiel's Syndrome Screenplay [32]
2003–04 Jane Goldman Investigates Presenter
2004– The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Producer and executive producer
2007 The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz Producer [33]
2012 The Big Fat Quiz of the 80s Executive producer [34]
2012 The Big Fat Quiz of the 90s Executive producer [35]
2012 The Big Fat Quiz of the 00s Executive producer [36]


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  2. ^ "The Real Me: Jane Goldman reveals all to Nina Myskow". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Search: Jane Goldman". Aitkenalexander.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Cheat Sheet: Jane Goldman". Best For Film. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Jane Goldman Investigates". Epguides.com. 2011-07-31. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  6. ^ Next Time. "Big Fat Quiz". Channel 4. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486655/trivia
  8. ^ "Stardust". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  9. ^ "Stardust Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486655/awards
  11. ^ "Kick-Ass". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  12. ^ "Kick-Ass Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  13. ^ "X-Men: First Class". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  14. ^ "Critic Reviews for X-Men: First Class". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  15. ^ Jaafar, Ali (1 February 2010). "Hammer nails film rights, Chiller 'Woman in Black' to be directed by rising Brit". Variety.com. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  16. ^ "The Woman in Black". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  17. ^ "The Woman in Black Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  18. ^ "Jameson Empire Awards 2013". Empireonline.com. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  19. ^ "Jane Goldman Adapting Eisner Award-Winning Comic 'Nonplayer' For Warner Bros.". Indiewire. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  20. ^ by: Alex DiVincenzo (2011-02-15). "Kick-Ass writer adapting Peter Ackroyd's Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem - Horror Movie News | Arrow in the Head". Joblo.com. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  21. ^ "Jane Goldman to Rewrite PINOCCHIO for Tim Burton and Robert Downey Jr.". Collider. 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  22. ^ McWeeny, Drew (2 December 2011). "Jane Goldman and Tim Burton team for Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children". Hitfix.com. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  23. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (2011-02-17). "Goldman, Stenham to pen Origin-Film4 co-productions | News | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  24. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1877832/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_wr#writers
  25. ^ "Matthew Vaughn to Direct Adaptation of Mark Millar’s THE SECRET SERVICE for 2014 Release". Collider. 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  26. ^ Bruton, Richard (2008-06-12). "Propaganda undertakes a little light reading in Miss Finch". Forbidden Planet Blog. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  27. ^ "Articles tagged "Neil Gaiman"". 365graphicnovels. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  28. ^ a b c "Author's A to Z". Aitkenalexander.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  29. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1250777/awards
  30. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1858469/
  31. ^ by Jack (2013-08-20). "Review: Kick-Ass 2 (2013)". Two Film Guys. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  32. ^ Culture. "'I've always wanted to be in therapy'". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  33. ^ [1][dead link]
  34. ^ "Big Fat Quiz – Big Fat Quiz of the 80s". Channel 4. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  35. ^ "Big Fat Quiz – Big Fat Quiz of the 90s". Channel 4. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  36. ^ "Big Fat Quiz – Big Fat Quiz of the 00s". Channel 4. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 

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