Morgan at a Hereafter press conference, 2010
|Born||Peter Julian Robin Morgan|
10 April 1963
Wimbledon, London, England
|Alma mater||University of Leeds|
|Genre||Comedy, drama, historical fiction|
|Notable works||The Queen|
Anna Carolina Schwarzenberg
(m. 1997; sep. 2014)
|Partner||Gillian Anderson (2016-present)|
Peter Julian Robin Morgan, screenwriter and playwright. Morgan is best known for writing the historical films and plays The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United, and Rush. He is the creator of the Netflix series The Crown.(born 10 April 1963) is a British
Morgan was born in Wimbledon, London. His mother, Inga (née Bojcek), was a Catholic Pole who fled the Soviets, and his father, Arthur Morgenthau, was a German Jew who fled the Nazis, arriving in London in 1933. His father died when Morgan was nine years old. Morgan attended St Paul's School in London and boarding school at Downside School, Somerset, and gained a degree in Fine Art from the University of Leeds.
Morgan wrote television scripts during the 1990s, including an episode of Rik Mayall Presents... and the Comedy Premiere The Chest. He wrote the screenplay to the romantic comedy Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence (1998) and had some success with the TV series The Jury (2002). In 2003, Morgan broke through with The Deal, a television drama about the power-sharing deal between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown that was struck in the Granita restaurant in London in 1994.
In 2006, Morgan received his Academy Award-nomination for The Deal's follow-up, The Queen, that showed how the death of Princess Diana impacted Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Royal Family. His work on the film eventually awarded him a Golden Globe from the Hollywood Foreign Press, and Helen Mirren won numerous awards for playing the title role. 2006 also saw the release of The Last King of Scotland, the screenplay of which Morgan adapted with Jeremy Brock. In 2007 they jointly won a BAFTA Film Award for their work on the film.
Also in 2006, Morgan's first play, Frost/Nixon, was staged at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London. Starring Michael Sheen as David Frost and Frank Langella as Richard Nixon, the play concerns the series of televised interviews that the disgraced former president granted Frost in 1977. These ended with his tacit admission of guilt regarding his role in the Watergate scandal. The play was directed by Michael Grandage and opened to enthusiastic reviews. In May 2007, the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival honoured Morgan with the year's Kanbar Award for Excellence in Screenwriting.
In July 2009, filming began on The Special Relationship, the third film of Morgan's "Blair trilogy". The film focuses on Blair's (again played by Michael Sheen) relationship with US president Bill Clinton between 1997 and 2000. Morgan was originally scheduled to direct the film (making his directorial debut) but pulled out a month before filming began. He was replaced by Richard Loncraine. Morgan was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the film. In 2008 Morgan adapted John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy into a screenplay for Working Title Films.
He has since finished the script for Hereafter, a supernatural thriller "in the vein of The Sixth Sense". DreamWorks bought the screenplay on spec in March 2008. The development was later transferred to Warner Bros. and filming began in October 2009 under the direction of Clint Eastwood.
In 2008 the film Frost/Nixon, with Sheen and Langella playing the parts they had on stage, opened in the UK and the US to positive reviews. Morgan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on the film. In June 2009, it was announced that he would be the co-writer of Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film. The Daily Telegraph's Mandrake diary reported in April 2010 that Morgan had quit the production after Sam Mendes was hired to direct, and that Patrick Marber would replace him. MGM dismissed the Telegraph's claims as speculation.
In 2010, Morgan started writing the screenplay for Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about rock musician Freddie Mercury (portrayed by Rami Malek), the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. The film was released in 2018 and won various awards.
Morgan married Anna Carolina Schwarzenberg, daughter of Czech politician and nobleman Karel Schwarzenberg, civilly in London on 28 July 1997 and religiously at Murau in Austria on 6 September 1997. They have five children. They lived in Battersea, South London until the winter of 2006, when the family moved to Vienna. They separated in 2014 and he resides in London. Morgan has been in a relationship with actress Gillian Anderson since 2016.
Morgan was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to drama. In February 2017, he was awarded a British Film Institute Fellowship (BFI).. In November 2019 Morgan was honoured by the American Film Institute with a tribute to his career at the AFI FEST 2019.
List of works
|1990||Dear Rosie||short; co-writer|
|1992||The Silent Touch||co-writer|
|1998||Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence|
|2006||The Last King of Scotland||co-writer|
|2008||The Other Boleyn Girl|
|2009||The Damned United|
|2009||State of Play||rewrites|
|2011||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||executive producer|
|1989||Shalom Joan Collins||co-writer|
|1993||Rik Mayall Presents…||episode: "Mickey Love"|
|1997||Comedy Premieres: The Chest|
|2010||The Special Relationship||TV-Movie|
|2011||The Jury II||Second Series|
|2014||The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies|
|2016–present||The Crown||creator and writer|
|2006||Frost/Nixon||Writer - London/West End||Donmar Warehouse, Gielgud Theatre|
|2007||Frost/Nixon||Writer - Broadway||Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre|
|2013||The Audience||Writer - West End||Donmar Warehouse|
|2015||The Audience||Writer - Broadway||Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre|
Awards and Nominations
|2006||The Queen||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|2008||Frost/Nixon||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
American Film Institute Awards
|2016||The Crown||AFI Television Program of the Year||Won|
|2017||The Crown||AFI Television Program of the Year||Won|
|2019||The Crown||AFI Television Program of the Year||Won|
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards
|2004||The Deal||Best Single Drama||Won|
|2007||Longford||Best Single Drama||Nominated|
|2007||The Queen||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|2007||The Queen||Outstanding British Film||Nominated|
|2007||The Last King of Scotland||Outstanding British Film||Won|
|2007||The Last King of Scotland||Best Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|2009||Frost/Nixon||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|2014||Rush||Outstanding British Film||Nominated|
|2015||The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies||Best Mini Series||Won|
|2016||The Crown||Best Writer||Nominated|
|2007||Longford||Outstanding Television Movie||Nominated|
|2010||The Special Relationship||Outstanding Television Movie||Nominated|
|2010||The Special Relationship||Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or TV Movie||Nominated|
|2017||The Crown||Outstanding Drama Series||Nominated|
|2017||The Crown||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Assassins||Nominated|
|2018||The Crown||Outstanding Drama Series||Nominated|
|2018||The Crown||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Mystery Man||Nominated|
|2020||The Crown||Outstanding Drama Series||Pending|
|2020||The Crown||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Aberfan||Pending|
Golden Globe Awards
|2007||The Queen||Best Screenplay – Motion Picture||Won|
|2008||Longford||Best Miniseries or Television Film||Won|
|2009||Frost/Nixon||Best Screenplay – Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2016||The Crown||Best Television Series – Drama||Won|
|2017||The Crown||Best Television Series – Drama||Nominated|
|2019||The Crown||Best Television Series – Drama||Nominated|
|2007||Frost/Nixon||Best New Play||Nominated|
|2013||The Audience||Best New Play||Nominated|
Venice Film Festival
|2006||The Queen||Golden Osella||Won|
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- "Peter Morgan Biography". IMDB.
- Heyman, Marshall (24 October 2016). "A Crowning Achievement". The Wall Street Journal (subscription required). Retrieved 28 November 2017.
- "Londoner's Diary: Goodbye to a likely lad and a lovely man". London Evening Standard. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
- "No. 61450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N9.
- "Gala Premiere of THE CROWN Season Three at AFI FEST 2019". American Film Institute. 17 October 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
- "University announces honorary degrees 2016". University of Leeds. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2020.