Alex Garland Biography

(Novelist, Screenwriter, Film Director)

Birthday: May 26, 1970 (Gemini)

Born In: London

Alex Garland is an English novelist, screenwriter, film director, and producer. He is known for authoring the novel ‘The Beach,’ based on his own travels across Europe and the Philippines. He is also famous for his screenwriting in the movies ‘28 Days Later’, ‘Never Let Me Go’, ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Dredd’. As a director, he is best known for directing ‘Ex Machina’, a fiction thriller flick that earned him three BIFA awards for Best Screenplay, Best British Independent Film, and Best Director. He also received an Academy Award nomination along with other accolades. Garland also serves as a writer for video games. The popular game ‘Enslaved: Odyssey to the West’ designed for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 showcases his impeccable writing skills. He is a graduate of the University of Manchester. He loves writing about Manila where he spent his teenage years. Garland has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2016. Talking of his personal life, he is married to actress Paloma Baeza and is the doting father of two children. He resides with his family in England, the UK.
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British Celebrities Born In May

Also Known As: Alexander Medawar Garland

Age: 53 Years, 53 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Paloma Baeza

father: Nicholas Garland

mother: Caroline Medawar Garland

children: Eva Garland, Milo Garland

Directors Novelists

Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males

City: London, England

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education: University of Manchester(B.A., History of Art)

In 1996, Alex Garland's first novel titled ‘The Beach’ was published. This novel is based on his own travel experiences across Europe and the Philippines. It was later developed into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In 1998, Garland got his second novel ‘The Tesseract’ published. This book explores concepts like love and violence under extraordinary circumstances.
In 2002, he wrote the screenplay for the horror flick ‘28 Days Later’. The success of the film earned him international acclaim. Three years later, he wrote the script for a screen adaptation of the video game franchise ‘Halo,’ though the movie was later cancelled. Garland then wrote the screenplay for an American science fiction thriller flick titled ‘Sunshine’. Soon after this, he served as an executive producer for the sequel to ‘28 Days Later,’ titled ‘28 Weeks Later’.
In 2010, he wrote the screenplay for the romantic drama film ‘Never Let Me Go’. The movie was based on the novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. It received positive reviews from the critics. He wrote the script for ‘Dredd’ which was adapted from a comic book series from 2000; the film was released in 2012. Garland served as a co-writer for a video game called ‘Enslaved: Odyssey to the West’. In 2013, he served as a story supervisor for the video game ‘DmC: ‘Devil May Cry’. Two years later, he made his directorial debut with ‘Ex Machina,’ a feature movie based on his own story and screenplay. The movie was a major commercial hit; made on a budget of $15 million, it earned $37 million at the box office. He wrote and directed his second film titled ‘Annihilation’ which was released in February 2018.
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Personal Life
Alex Garland was born as Alexander Medawar Garland on 26 May 1970 in London, England to political cartoonist Nicholas Garland and psychologist Caroline. He is a grandson of the Nobel Prize-winning biologist Peter Medawar. He attended the University of Manchester and graduated from there with a degree in history of art. Talking about Garland’s love life, he is married to British actress and director Paloma Baeza. As of now, the couple has two kids.
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