Ian La Frenais, OBE (born 7 January 1936), is an English writer best known for his creative partnership with Dick Clement. They are most famous for television series including The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
His father was an accountant and as a child at Park Primary School in Whitley Bay La Frenais enjoyed art and writing. He then attended Dame Allan's Boys School, Newcastle upon Tyne and completed his National Service in the British Army. After working as a salesman for a tobacco company he began composing songs for a weekly satirical programme on Tyne Tees Television and moved to London where he worked for a market research company.
Writing partnership with Dick Clement
In addition to The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet they have also written various other work for TV and films. Their works include; Hannibal Brooks, The Commitments (with Roddy Doyle), Still Crazy, Goal!, Flushed Away, Across the Universe and cinema versions of some of their own TV programmes.
Since 1984, he has been married to artist Doris Vartan, the mother of actor Michael Vartan. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours list.
- Andrew Stanton, Joss Whedon, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow (1996)
- Rita Hsiao, Chris Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer and Eugenia Bostwick-Singer (1998)
- Brad Bird and Tim McCanlies (1999)
- John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Ash Brannon, Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlin and Chris Webb (2000)
- Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman and Roger S. H. Schulman (2001)
- Hayao Miyazaki (2002)
- Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds (2003)
- Brad Bird (2004)
- Steve Box, Nick Park and Mark Burton (2005)
- Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Christopher Lloyd, Joe Keenan and William Davies (2006)
- Brad Bird (2007)
- Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (2008)
- Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach (2009)
- Chris Sanders, Will Davies and Dean DeBlois (2010)
- James Ward Byrkit, John Logan and Gore Verbinski (2011)
- Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee (2012)
- Hayao Miyazaki (2013)
- Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (2014)
- Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley (2015)