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Goldman at the British Academy Television Awards 2009.
|Born||Jane Loretta Anne Goldman
11 June 1970
Hammersmith, London, England, UK
|Occupation||Screenwriter, author and producer|
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 (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. The first is set to be released in 2014 and the second in 2015.
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.
Journalism, books and TV
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.
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.
Screenwriting and partnership with Matthew Vaughn
She eventually 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. The film received many accolades and gave the screenwriters a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.
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."
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. It was released in 2012 and met positive reviews. In March 2013, The Woman in Black won the Empire Award for Best Horror.
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. These last two 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.
In popular culture
|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.|||
|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|
|2014||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Story (with Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn; screenplay by Simon Kinberg)|
|2015||The Secret Service||Screenplay (with Matthew Vaughn)|
|TBA||Nonplayer||Screenplay (adaptation of the homonymous comic book by Nate Simpson and published by Image Comics. Warner Bros. is producing)|
|TBA||Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children||Screenplay (Based on the homonymous novel by Ransom Riggs; will be directed by Tim Burton and produced by 20th Century Fox)|
|TBA||Pinocchio||Screenplay (with Bryan Fuller; a Warner Bros. project to be directed by Tim Burton and starred by Robert Downey Jr. as "Geppetto")|
|TBA||Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem||Screenplay (adaptation of the homonymous novel by Peter Ackroyd. Number 9 Films, Film4 and UK Film Council are producing)|
|TBA||Anubis||Screenplay (based on the short story by Paul Murray. It will be a science fiction-comedy produced by Origin Pictures and Film4)|
|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|||
|1997||The X-Files Book of the Unexplained – Vol. 2||Non-fiction / Published by Simon & Schuster||Nominated – Nibbie Award|||
|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|
|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|||
|2012||The Big Fat Quiz of the 80s||Executive producer|||
|2012||The Big Fat Quiz of the 90s||Executive producer|||
|2012||The Big Fat Quiz of the 00s||Executive producer|||
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- "Big Fat Quiz – Big Fat Quiz of the 90s". Channel 4. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
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