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Stephen Beresford (born c. 1972[1]) is an English actor and writer. He is best known for writing the play The Last of the Haussmans, produced by the National Theatre in 2012,[2] and the 2014 motion picture Pride, which won the Queer Palm award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[3][4]

Stephen Beresford
Born1972 (age 46–47)
London, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor, writer
Notable work
The Last of the Haussmans

Early lifeEdit

Beresford was born in London and raised in Dartmouth.[5][6] He began acting with a local children's drama group when he was nine years old, and later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[7]


In a 2012 review, Kate Kellaway of The Observer wrote: "It is with disbelief that one discovers that The Last of the Haussmans is actor Stephen Beresford's first play. It is a knockout – entertaining, sad and outrageous. If he has more of this quality to write, he is going to be a major name."[8]

He was a new entry in 2014 to the Independent on Sunday's Rainbow List at number 17.[9]

Beresford has also worked on screenplays. He said that when working on screenplays, he always looks for projects with an "element of subversion" in them, so that he can find ways to smuggle in messages and meaning.[10]

He co-wrote Tolkien, a 2019 biopic of the author J. R. R. Tolkien.[11] The film, starring Nicholas Hoult, touches on many different themes in Tolkien's early life, including his friendships, love of languages, religion, and romance with Edith Bratt.[12] The Tolkien Estate, without viewing the film, has stated that it does not endorse the film or its content.

Awards and nominationsEdit



  1. ^ Kellaway, Kate (30 August 2014). "When miners and gay activists united: the real story of the film Pride". The Observer. Now 42, Beresford started out as an actor but is also author of The Last of the Haussmans, an exuberantly accomplished debut at the National in 2012.
  2. ^ "The Last of the Haussmans, a new play by Stephen Beresford". National Theatre. 2012. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ von Metzke, Ross (26 September 2014). "Pride & Glory: An unlikely alliance between a group of gay and lesbian activists and striking miners makes for one of the year's most inspiring films". The Advocate.
  4. ^ Mainwaring, Rachel (6 September 2014). "Love and Pride; When Writer Stephen Beresford Heard about an Unlikely Alliance between a Gay and Lesbian Group and a South Wales Mining Community during the Miners' Strike, He Was Determined to Share Their Remarkable Story. He Tells Rachel Mainwaring How Proud He Is of His Latest British Film, Pride". Western Mail.  – via Questia Online Library (subscription required)
  5. ^ Shulman, Randy (9 October 2014). "Pride Rising: Screenwriter Stephen Beresford on the exhilarating new film that celebrates an historic event which paved the way for the rights of gays and lesbians in Britain", Metro Weekly,
  6. ^ Abbott, HEC (12 September 2014). "Star-studded movie written by Dartmouth man hits cinema screens". Herald Express.
  7. ^ "Stephen Beresford – Playwright", By The Dart magazine, May 2013.
  8. ^ Kellaway, Kate (23 June 2012). "The Last of the Haussmans; The Match Box; Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker – review". The Observer.
  9. ^ "Rainbow List 2014, 1 to 101 – The Rainbow list – People", The Independent (9 November 2014)
  10. ^ "Stephen Beresford meets Islay Bell-Webb". BAFTA Guru. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  11. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (24 July 2017). "Dome Karukoski To Helm J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic". Deadline. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  12. ^ Ernie Estrella (30 March 2019). "Tolkien biopic promises to explore the author's love of friends, Edith Bratt, and language". Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Bafta Film Awards 2015: Winners". BBC News. Retrieved 8 February 2015.

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