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Peter Bradshaw (born 19 June 1962) is a British writer and film critic. He has been chief film critic at The Guardian since 1999.

Peter Bradshaw
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Peter Bradshaw speaking at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1962-06-19) 19 June 1962 (age 55)[1]
Nationality British
Education PhD (English)
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge
Occupation Author, film critic


Bradshaw was educated at the independent The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Hertfordshire,[2] and studied English at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he was president of the Cambridge Footlights and earned a PhD in Renaissance literature.

Bradshaw is the film critic for The Guardian. Before joining The Guardian, Bradshaw was employed by the Evening Standard for whom he wrote a series of parodic diary entries purporting to be written by the Conservative MP and historian Alan Clark, which Clark thought deceptive and which were the subject of a court case resolved in January 1998. The court found in Clark's favour, granting an injunction, deciding that Bradshaw's articles were then being published in a form that "a substantial number of readers" would believe they were genuinely being written by Alan Clark.[3] Bradshaw found it "the most bizarre and surreal business of my professional life. I'm very flattered that Mr Clark should go to all this trouble and expense in suing me like this."[4]

Bradshaw has written three novels, Lucky Baby Jesus, published in 1999, Dr Sweet and his Daughter, published in 2003 and Night Of Triumph, published in 2013. He also wrote and performed a BBC radio programme titled For One Horrible Moment, recorded 10 October 1998 and first broadcast 20 January 1999. The programme chronicled a young man's coming of age in 1970s Cambridgeshire. His bittersweet short story Reunion, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 21 October 2016, was narrated by Tom Hollander and described as "sad and sly, and connected impermeably to the mid-Seventies and what it felt like to be young".[5] He co-wrote and acted in David Baddiel's sitcom Baddiel's Syndrome, first aired on Sky One.[citation needed]

In a 2012 Sight & Sound poll of cinema's greatest films, Bradshaw indicated his ten favourites, given alphabetically, are The Addiction (1994), Andrei Rublev (1966), Annie Hall (1977), Black Narcissus (1947), Hidden (2004), I am Cuba (1964), In the Mood for Love (2000), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), Raging Bull (1980) and Singin' in the Rain (1952).[6]

He is a regular guest reviewer on BBC1's Film... programme.[7]


  1. ^ "'BRADSHAW, Peter, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011". (subscription required)
  2. ^ Sex,violence and classroom action, The Guardian, 9 September 2008.Retrieved 9 January 2013
  3. ^ Kate O'Hanlon "Law report: Format of parodied Clark diaries was deceptive", The Independent, 28 January 1998
  4. ^ "Clark victorious in diary battle", BBC News, 21 January 1998
  5. ^ Quirke, Antonia (27 October 2016). "The pleasure of being young, captured for radio". New Statesman. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Peter Bradshaw BFI's 2012 Sight & Sound Poll". BFI. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Peter Bradshaw on IMDb

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