William Nicholson was educated at Downside School and Christ’s College, Cambridge, and then joined BBC Television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. There his ambition to write, directed first into novels, was channeled into television drama. His plays for television include SHADOWLANDS and LIFE STORY, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were SWEET AS YOU ARE and THE MARCH . In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society’s Writer’s Award. Since then his film credits include: SARAFINA, NELL, FIRST KNIGHT, GREY OWL , GLADIATOR (as co-writer, for which he received a second Oscar nomination), ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE, LES MISERABLES, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, UNBROKEN, and EVEREST.