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Steven Knight (born 1959) is an English screenwriter and film director. Knight wrote the screenplays for the films Closed Circuit, Dirty Pretty Things, and Eastern Promises, and also directed as well as wrote the films Locke and Hummingbird (a.k.a. Redemption).

Steven Knight
Born1959 (age 59–60)
Birmingham, England
Alma materUniversity College London
OccupationScreenwriter, film director
Years active1989–present

Knight is also one of three creators of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, a game show that has been remade and aired in around 160 countries worldwide, and has written for BBC's Commercial Breakdown, The Detectives, Peaky Blinders, and Taboo.

Personal lifeEdit

Knight read English at University College London (UCL) where he is an Honorary Fellow. He has three children. He is also an ardent Birmingham City fan.


Knight is best known for screenplays he wrote for the films Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises. His work on the screenplay for Dirty Pretty Things earned him the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay and London Film Critics Circle award for British Screenwriter of the Year.[1] The screenplay was also nominated for several other awards including the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay[2] and the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.[3]

Knight also wrote the screenplay for the 2013 film Closed Circuit, which was directed by John Crowley and which starred Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall.

Knight also wrote a draft of a screenplay based on the book Shutter Island written by Dennis Lehane, but the draft that was used for the movie of the same name was written by Laeta Kalogridis.[4]

Recent films based on screenplays that Knight has written include The Hundred-Foot Journey directed by Lasse Hallström, based on the book of the same name by Richard C. Morais, and starring Helen Mirren, Seventh Son, an adventure story starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington and Jason Scott Lee, as well as the film Pawn Sacrifice, based on U.S. chess champion Bobby Fischer, with Tobey Maguire playing Fischer in the film. He also wrote the screenplay of World War Z II. [5]


In addition to his writing, Knight has directed two films: Hummingbird (2013), starring Jason Statham, and Locke (2014), starring Tom Hardy. Locke won a British Independent Film Award in 2013 for Best Screenplay. Knight has directed several episodes of the TV series for which he also frequently wrote, The Detectives. His third film as director is the thriller Serenity, which he also wrote, and which stars Matthew McConaughey, Diane Lane, and Anne Hathaway. The film was released in 2019.

TV seriesEdit

Knight also created the TV series Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (along with Mike Whitehill and David Briggs) and also is the creator of the TV series Show do Milhão and All About Me.

Knight created the television series Peaky Blinders and has written for TV series including , BBC's Commercial Breakdown (with Jimmy Carr), The Detectives, Comedy Playhouse (the episode "Wild Oats" in 1993), Frankie's On..., Auntie's Big Bloomers, and Canned Carrott.



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2001 Gypsy Woman No Yes No
2002 Dirty Pretty Things No Yes No Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
2006 Amazing Grace No Yes No
2007 Eastern Promises No Yes No
2013 Hummingbird Yes Yes No Directorial debut
Closed Circuit No Yes No
Locke Yes Yes No
2014 The Hundred-Foot Journey No Yes No
Seventh Son No Yes No
Pawn Sacrifice No Yes No
2015 Burnt No Yes No
2016 Allied No Yes executive
2017 Woman Walks Ahead No Yes No
November Criminals No Yes executive
2018 The Girl in the Spider's Web No Yes No
2019 Serenity Yes Yes Yes


Year Title Director Writer Executive
1989 Commercial Breakdown No Yes No
1990–1992 Canned Carrott No Yes No
1993–1997 The Detectives Yes Yes No 4 episodes (director), 31 episodes (writer)
1998–2010 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? No Yes No Creator;
4 episodes
2002–2004 All About Me No Yes No Creator;
2 episodes
2013–present Peaky Blinders No Yes Yes Creator
2017–present Taboo No Yes Yes Creator
2019 See No Yes Yes
2019 A Christmas Carol No Yes Yes Miniseries


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