Christopher Nolan, 47, is an English film director, screenwriter, and producer. He's considered as one of the most successful and acclaimed filmmakers of all time. In 2015, he was named as one of the "100 most influential people in the world" by Time. Over the 15 years of filmmaking career, his 26 films got Oscar nomination and earned more than $5 billion worldwide. Nolan is married to Emma Thomas, his wife since 1997.
Early Life and Education
Christopher Nolan was born Christopher Edward Nolan on 30th July 1970 in London, the United Kingdom to Brendan James Nolan, an advertising executive, and Christina, a flight attendant as well as an English teacher. He grew up along with his two brothers; Matthew Francis Nolan and Jonathan. He holds both American and British nationality.
Nolan joined the Haileybury and Imperial Service College and later attended the University College, London, where he learned English literature. During his college days, he made two short films; Tarantella and Larceny. In 1997, his short film Doodlebug proved his potential as a good filmmaker.
Christopher Nolan started a career in the film industry in 1998 with his first directorial movie, Following, a story based on Nolan's experience of living in London. The success of the first film helped him to garner much attention for his second feature movie Memento, a psychological thriller, released in 2000. It won an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
The acclaim got him opportunities to make big budget movies like Insomnia and The Prestige. However, he tasted the real success only in 2005 with his superhero film, Batman Begins. It was the first film of The Dark Knight Trilogy.
In 2008, he hit the big screen with Batman series, The Dark Knight, winning many nominations for the Academy Awards. In 2012, its third and final part, The Dark Knight Rises was released which was a blockbuster of that year. His another hit movie is Inception which also got nominated for the Academy Award.
Nolan's most recent work is Dunkirk (2017) which he directed and co-produced. The movie was a big hit and earned more than five times of its budget.
Christopher Nolan is happily married to his college sweetheart, Emma Thomas, he was just 19 during his marriage. The couple exchanged vows in 1997 in an intimate ceremony.
The pair is proud parents of four children. Nolan is quite secretive regarding his personal life and rarely talks about his wife and children in media. Currently, he resides in Los Angeles along with his wife and kids and enjoying his blissful married life.
He is considered as one of the best-dressed directors, and in an article of The New York Times Magazines they referred him as;
"Split the difference between the demands of an executive suite and a tundra"
whereas Empire called him,
"the best-dressed director since Hitchcock"
Nolan doesn't use mobile phones and email, and when asked about it he said,
"It's not that I'm a Luddite and don't like technology; I've just never been interested, when I moved to Los Angeles in 1997, nobody really had cell phones, and I just never went down that path."
Further, he also prohibits the use of phones on sets and doesn't work on the weekends.
Christopher Nola is one of the highest paid directors, successfully earning a total net worth of $180 million. His films made more than $5 billion worldwide. In 2010, his directorial venture, The Dark Knight grossed more than $1 billion at the box office, and its prequel, The Dark Knight Rises (2012) also earned more than $1 billion.
Almost all of his movies was super successful in both business-wise and story-wise. Nolan's first film. Following was made under the budget of $6 thousand which earned $48.4 thousand at the box office. His most recent released, Dunkirk grossed $524.8 million, five times more than its actual budget.