Jane Goldman is an English screenwriter, author and producer, best known for co-writing the screenplays of films from the ‘X-Men’ and ‘Kingsman’ franchises. Her father worked in the property development business while her mother was a housewife. Jane was raised with very liberal values and was a very intelligent kid. She wanted to be a writer or a journalist upon growing up. Following her high school graduation, she began working as a journalist for Daily Star and went on working for magazines and newspapers, such as Cosmopolitan, The Times, Daily Star and Evening Standard. She wrote her first and the only novel in 1993, titled ‘Dreamworld’ and followed it with another book titled ‘Sex: How? Why? What?’ She turned to screenwriting in 2001 with the sitcom titled ‘Baddiel’s Syndrome.’ She has been a frequent collaborator of filmmaker Matthew Vaughn and they both have co-written screenplays for films such as ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle,’ ‘Stardust,’ ‘X-Men: First Class’ and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ She is also known as the executive producer of the British television programme named ‘The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.’
Childhood & Early Life
Jane Goldman was born Jane Loretta Anne Goldman, on June 11, 1970, in Hammersmith, London, to Amanda and Stuart Goldman. She was raised as the only child in the middle class liberal family with a Jew father and a Buddhist mother. Her father worked as a property developer while her mother was a housewife.
Ever since she was little, Jane had a keen interest in the world of art. She was deeply interested in writing and loved reading stories and novels. She was also raised in a very free thinking and liberal environment with no control over thoughts and aspirations.
Jane grew up as a very intelligent little girl and scored good grades. She however was a geeky and brainy kid in her class but not a shy one. She wore outrageous outfits to school, always wanting to be the center of attraction.
Although she loved the idea of being an author, she aimed at becoming a journalist. When she was 13 years old, she did her O levels.
She was a huge fan of singer Boy George. She was 15 years old and studying in the highly prestigious King Alfred School in Hampstead when she decided to follow him around on his US tour. Her parents did not object to that and she followed him around during all his tour in the US.
She returned back to London and began giving interviews to the magazines and other media agencies, aspiring to become a journalist.
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By the time she was 19 years old, she gained enough industry experience as a journalist and she became a freelance writer. She did that partly to work on her novels.
She released her debut non-fiction book titled ‘Thirteen-Something: A Survivor’s Guide’ in 1993. Following its success, she sat down writing her second book, titled ‘Sex: How? Why? What?’ The book was released in 1994. However 2 years later, the book was republished by Penguin.
Throughout the 1990s, she further released more books such as ‘Streetsmarts: A Teenager’s Safety Guide’ and two volumes of ‘The X-Files Book of the Unexplained.’
She released her debut fiction novel titled ‘Dreamworld’ in 2000 and in the next year, she ventured into screenwriting with the TV sitcom titled ‘Baddiel’s Syndrome.’ The sitcom ran for one season and 13 episodes and was a moderate critical success. It was cancelled after one season.
In 2003, she became a television presenter and and started her own series titled ‘Jane Goldman Investigates,’ where she looked through paranormal happenings and tried to decode them. She continued her television career producing the show titled ‘The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.’
She turned towards films in 2007 after collaborating with ace screenwriter/director Matthew Vaughn to write the screenplay of the feature film titled ‘Stardust.’ The film turned out to be a huge critical and commercial success. For her work, Jane received Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, which she shared with co-writers Matthew Vaughn, Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess.
She teamed up with Vaughn for writing a screenplay yet again, this time for the superhero black comedy film titled ‘Kick-Ass’(2010). For her work on the film, Vaughn and Jane won Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Original Screenplay along with a nomination for British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay.
In the same year, ‘The Debt’ was released, which was also written by Jane and Matthew Vaughn. Their collaboration proved to be hugely successful and hence, they were given the job of writing the superhero film ‘X-Men: First Class,’ which was reboot of a film series which had not been very successful in the past.
Vaughn also took on the duty as the director and the film was released in 2011 to a huge critical and commercial acclaim. The screenplay was praised for its originality and depth. The film turned out to be the best reviewed film from the ‘X-Men’ franchise.
She ventured into solo screenwriting with the 2012 supernatural horror film titled ‘The Woman in Black.’ The film was a huge critical and commercial success, earning accolades for its story.
In 2014, she co-wrote the screenplay for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ which was even a better critical and commercial success than its predecessor.
She was further hired to co-write the screenplay for ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ which she also co-produced with Matthew Vaughn. The film which was directed by Matthew was a huge critical and commercial success. She also co-wrote the screenplay of its sequel ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle,’ which was also a successful film both critically and commercially.
Family & Personal Life
Jane Goldman dated actor/producer Jonathan Ross during her teen years and got married at a tender age of 18. The couple are together since and are parents to 3 children together.
In 1999, she had a self-described mental breakdown and got herself treated in a hospital. She said that it was due to a miscarriage she had. It also strained her marriage for some time, but they reconciled soon enough.
She constantly dyes her hair with unusual colors to stand out from the crowd.