Tim Bevan is a British film producer and the co-chairman of the production company Working Title Films alongside Eric Fellner. Their company is known for producing several successful movies, including ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, and ‘Darkest Hour’, to name a few. Regarded as one of the most successful British producers of his era, Bevan along with Fellner is also known for his long-time association with the American filmmakers the Coen brothers. Their movies have earned several British Academy Film Awards and Academy Awards. Born in Queenstown, New Zealand, Bevan was educated at the boarding independent school, Sidcot School. He later graduated from Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire. Over the course of his long career, the producer has earned much respect and admiration from his peers and the audiences. A father of three, Bevan is currently married to Amy Gadney. He was earlier married to actress Joely Richardson.
Tim Bevan co-founded the production company Working Title Films in the 1980s with Graham Bradstreet and Sarah Radclyffe, and later partnered with Eric Fellner. His earlier movies with the company were 'Barton Fink', ‘Bob Roberts’, ‘Fargo’, ‘Elizabeth’, ‘The Borrowers’, ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, and ‘The Big Lebowski’ among others.
Bevan started the early 2000s with the romantic comedy-drama ‘About a Boy’ which earned positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. In 2003, he produced 'Johnny English ', a spy action comedy starring Rowan Atkinson in the title role. The success of the film gave birth to its sequels 'Johnny English Reborn' and 'Johnny English Strikes Again’ which were released in 2011 and 2018, respectively.
In the year 2004, Bevan’s production agency made ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason’. The romantic comedy flick directed by Beeban Kidron was adapted from Helen Fielding’s novel of the same name. The following year, the company released the British-American comedy fantasy ‘Nanny McPhee’. Starring Emma Thompson in the lead role, the movie was a success as it earned $122.4 million at the box office against a $25 million budget. In the ensuing years, the films ‘Smokin' Aces’, ‘Hot Fuzz,’ and ‘Mr. Bean's Holiday’ were released.
In 2011, he made the Cold War spy film ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’. His projects in 2014 included ‘The Secrets’, ‘Trash’, and ‘The Theory of Everything’. A year later, several other movies like ‘Everest’ and ‘The Danish Girl’ followed.
In the year 2017, Bevan made ‘Darkest Hour’, a war drama film depicting Winston Churchill’s early days as the prime minister during the time of World War II. That year, he also developed the movies 'Baby Driver', 'The Snowman', and 'Victoria & Abdul'. He next produced ‘Radioactive’, a film starring Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie; it was released in 2019.
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Tim Bevan was born on 20 December 1957, in Queenstown, New Zealand. From 1969 to 1974, he studied at Sidcot School, a boarding independent school in the Mendip Hills. He later attended the Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire in the West of England.
In 1992, Bevan married English actress Joely Richardson. The couple has a daughter, actress Daisy Bevan. After divorcing Richardson, he married Amy Gadney in 2001. They have two kids, a son named Jago and a daughter named Nell.