Ray Connolly

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Ray Connolly
Born Lancashire, England
Occupation author, journalist and screenwriter,
Nationality British

Ray Connolly is an English novelist, screenwriter and journalist. He is perhaps best known for writing the screenplays for the films That'll Be the Day and the sequel Stardust, for which he won a Writers Guild of Great Britain best screenplay award, and for his journalism which included many interviews with the Beatles.

Early life[edit]

Ray Connolly was born and brought up in Lancashire, his father served in the Royal Navy and died in 1944 when a vessel on which he was a passenger sank in a storm in the Western Approaches.[1] He was educated at the London School of Economics where he read social anthropology.


After entering journalism at the Liverpool Daily Post, Connolly then moved to the London Evening Standard where he interviewed, among others, many Sixties and Seventies rock stars. Many of his interviews with the Beatles are collected in his eBook The Ray Connolly Beatles Archive, while other interviews are collected in Stardust Memories - Talking About My Generation, which is also now available as an eBook. He was due to interview John Lennon on the day the ex-Beatle was murdered, an event he wrote about in the BBC radio play Unimaginable. In addition to the biography John Lennon 1940-1980, he wrote the introduction to The Beatles Complete songbook.

He has written numerous articles for the Daily Mail,[2] as well as The Sunday Times, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Observer.

His novels include; A Girl Who Came To Stay, Newsdeath, Sunday Morning, Shadows On A Wall, Love Out Of Season (which was adapted for radio as God Bless our Love) and Kill For Love.

He also wrote and directed the feature length documentary entitled James Dean: The First American Teenager, while his television drama series have included Honky Tonk Heroes, Lytton's Diary and Perfect Scoundrels. TV films include Forever Young and Defrosting The Fridge, while he was a co-writer with Alan Benson on the George Martin series about music The Rhythm of Life.

He has also written several radio plays, including Lost Fortnight (which is about Raymond Chandler in Hollywood), Sorry, Boys, You Failed the Audition[3] and a variety of short stories.

Personal life[edit]

He is married, has three children, and lives with his wife, Plum, in London.


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