Sir Ridley Scott (born 30 November, 1937) is an English film director and producer. His most famous films include The Duellists (1977), Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Legend (1985), Black Rain (1989), Thelma & Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000), Hannibal (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and American Gangster (2007).
The South Shields-born Scott is one of the few home-grown directors of his generation to have wrestled with Hollywood and come out on top. In the last decade he's made nine films, from Gladiator to this year's Robin Hood, which took a chunky $300m globally.
Though proud of his northern roots, Scott has rarely attached himself to projects set in Britain, which makes Robin Hood a novelty in his career.
Scott began his career at the BBC, working as a production designer and helming episodes of Z Cars and Adam Adamant Lives!. He left in 1967 and, within a year, formed Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), a company dedicated to producing high-quality commercials.
One of the most promising directors of the late '70s, Ridley Scott displayed stylistic flair and remarkable storytelling abilities in such films as The Duellists (1977), his landmark Alien (1979) and Gladiator (2000).
He's swearing up and down that his new film Prometheus is not in fact a prequel to Alien, just a separate movie that shares the same DNA as the sci-fi classic.
Ridley Scott may have a hit on his hands with his Alien prequel Prometheus, but he’s worried that an R rating could ruin it all. At a public screening of some of the film’s footage in London yesterday, he let loose on the Motion Picture Association of America, complaining that the MPAA’s rating system may be broken.
In 2005, the director helmed the would-be epic Crusades historical film Kingdom of Heaven with a Gladiator-esque budget and all-star cast. Unfortunately, the film was a dud both with critics and audiences
Director Ridley Scott has been named a Knights Bachelor for his services to British film. Sir Ridley is noted for films with impressive visionary sweep, and strong visual style, taking cinema-goers on journeys into space, the future and the past.
Roman epic Gladiator marked a triumphant return to success, as it picked up 12 Oscar nominations at the 2001 ceremony. It won four, including best film, but Sir Ridley was beaten to the best director gong by Steven Soderbergh.
Sir Ridley Scott has been Oscar-nominated three times, for Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down. He makes movies that look utterly authentic, as if cast and crew had filmed on location in a distant future (Alien) or ancient past (Kingdom of Heaven).
"Everything Ridley does as a filmmaker is fresh. I believe he sees an opportunity to create something that's wholly original from the first Blade Runner," Kosove told the Los Angeles Times.