Guy Ritchie Biography

Guy Ritchie is an acclaimed British film director, producer and screenwriter. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, life, works, achievements and timeline.

Guy Ritchie
Quick Facts

Birthday: September 10, 1968

Nationality: British

Famous: Quotes By Guy Ritchie Directors

Age: 51 Years, 51 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Virgo

Also Known As: Guy Stuart Ritchie

Born in: Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England

Famous as: Filmmaker & Businessman

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Jacqui Ainsley (2010-present), Madonna (m.2000–2008)

father: Captain John Vivian Ritchie (b. 1928)

mother: Amber (née Parkinson)

siblings: Tabitha

children: Daughter (b. 2012), David Ritchie, Rafael Ritchie (b. 2011), Rocco John Ritchie (b. 2000)

Diseases & Disabilities: Dyslexia

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education: Sibford School

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Known for his trademark crime thrillers and suspense films, Guy Ritchie made it big in the entertainment world, as a director with films such as, ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ and ‘Snatch’. Interestingly, this multi-talented screenwriter, producer and director never went to a film school nor did he have any experience in filmmaking - he simply set his foot into it and managed to create a place for himself! This creative genius created a successful formula for his films and added his own sense of panache in the genre of crime thrillers. Born in an upper class family in England, Ritchie enjoyed a privileged upbringing. However, what is intriguing is the fact that most of his films revolve around blue collar hooligans and other lower class misfits. He began his career by directing a few music videos and commercials, post which he directed the twenty minute short film, ‘The Hard Case’, which would serve as a prelude to his first feature film, ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’. With an estimated net worth of $100 million dollars, Ritchie has made it to the list of ‘A List’ directors within a much less time-frame.

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Guy Ritchie
Childhood & Early Life
  • Guy Stuart Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, to a former British Army personnel and advertising executive, Captain John Vivian Ritchie and Amber Parkinson.
  • He attended the Stanbridge Earls School, a specialised school that taught students with dyslexia in Romsey, Hampshire, from where he was expelled. He later attended the Sibford School in Oxfordshire.
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  • In 1995, he wrote and directed a short twenty minute film titled, ‘The Hard Case’. It was his debut venture and the film had actor Wale Ojo playing the role of a gambler.
  • In 1998, he directed his first full length feature film titled, ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, which was a crime horror thriller. The film was well received both commercially and critically and even earned a British Academy Film Award nomination.
  • In 2000, he wrote and directed the comedy-crime film, ‘Snatch’, which featured an ensemble cast. The film was critically acclaimed and achieved success at the box office.
  • In 2001, he was the executive producer for the British comedy-drama film titled, ‘Mean Machine’. The film was directed by Barry Skolnick and received negative reviews.
  • In 2002, he directed the rom-com, ‘Swept Away’, which was remake of Lina Wertm�ller's film of the same title. Much like ‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, the film had a complex storyline and interwoven characters who move in and out of each other’s life.
  • In 2005, he directed and co-wrote the screenplay for the film, ‘Revolver’. A Vegas themed heist film, it was not well received by film critics because of its complex and convoluted plot.
  • In 2008, he directed the British crime film ‘RocknRolla’, which was successful at the box office. It is speculated that the movie would be developed into a trilogy, as stated in the closing lines of ‘RocknRolla’. The next movie is expected to be titled, ‘The Real Rocknrolla’
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  • In 2009, he directed the action mystery British-American film, ‘Sherlock Holmes’. The film was based on the legendary character from the prominent detective series, Sherlock Holmes, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film gained immense commercial success and went on to become the director’s most successful film till date.
  • In 2011, he came out with the sequel of his previous film, ‘Sherlock Holmes’. Titled, ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’, the film received huge success at the box office, grossing over $545 million. However, some of the critics panned the flick.
Major Works
  • His 2008 film, ‘RocknRolla’ was a massive box office hit and reached the number one position at the UK box office, within the first week of its release. The film earned a whopping $25,739,015.
  • His film, ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is one of his biggest box office successes that earned an enormous $523,000,000 worldwide. The film was the eighth highest grossing film of 2009.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 1998, he won the ‘Best Director Award’ for his film ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
  • In 2001, he was the recipient of the Empire Award for the category of ‘Best British Director’ for ‘Snatch’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • In 2000, he married the American pop sensation Madonna at a private ceremony that was held at the Skibo Castle in Scotland. The couple was blessed with a son. They also adopted a baby boy. However, the unison did not last long and the two separated in 2008.
  • He is in a relationship with model Jacqui Ainsley, with whom he has two children.
  • This British film director, producer and screenwriter suffers from dyslexia. He is a huge football lover and a fan of Chelsea.

1. Snatch (2000)

  (Crime, Comedy)

2. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

  (Crime, Comedy)

3. Star (2001)

  (Action, Comedy, Short)

4. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

  (Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Adventure)

5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

  (Crime, Adventure, Mystery, Action, Thriller)

6. RocknRolla (2008)

  (Thriller, Crime, Action)

7. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

  (Action, Adventure, Comedy)

8. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

  (Adventure, Drama, Action, Fantasy)


MTV Movie & TV Awards
1999 Best New Filmmaker Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

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