Simon Beaufoy

Biography: Born in Keighley, England, preeminent British scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy attended Malsis School in Glusburn and Ermysted's in Skipton, England. Though he harbored dreams of becoming a soldier as a young man, he shifted gears to focus on art in his mid-teens, then decided instead to focus on writing, then moved into scriptwriting. Beaufoy rocketed to fame in the mid- to late '90s, on the basis of his screenplay for the rollicking male-stripper comedy The Full Monty; it won him four BAFTAs (British Academy Awards) and a Best Screenplay Oscar nod, though he lost the latter to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for Good Will Hunting. Regardless, Monty put Beaufoy on top of his game in the English film industry, and thereafter he turned out a series of popularly and critically acclaimed scripts for features including Among Giants (1998), Blow Dry (2000), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008), and, as arguably his greatest success up through that time, Slumdog Millionaire (2008) -- the DannyBorn in Keighley, England, preeminent British scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy attended Malsis School in Glusburn and Ermysted's in Skipton, England. Though he harbored dreams of becoming a soldier as a young man, he shifted gears to focus on art in his mid-teens, then decided instead to focus on writing, then moved into scriptwriting. Beaufoy rocketed to fame in the mid- to late '90s, on the basis of his screenplay for the rollicking male-stripper comedy The Full Monty; it won him four BAFTAs (British Academy Awards) and a Best Screenplay Oscar nod, though he lost the latter to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for Good Will Hunting. Regardless, Monty put Beaufoy on top of his game in the English film industry, and thereafter he turned out a series of popularly and critically acclaimed scripts for features including Among Giants (1998), Blow Dry (2000), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008), and, as arguably his greatest success up through that time, Slumdog Millionaire (2008) -- the Danny Boyle-directed tale of an Indian youth (Dev Patel) who grows up to become a national hero on his country's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. For that effort, Beaufoy received a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay. Expand

Simon Beaufoy's Scores

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Average career score: 65
Highest Metascore: 86 Slumdog Millionaire
Lowest Metascore: 38 Blow Dry
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
12 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
39 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Nov 2, 2018 Screenplay 4.7
73 Battle of the Sexes Sep 22, 2017 Written By 6.3
53 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Nov 11, 2016 Writer 5.9
64 Everest Sep 18, 2015 Writer / Screenplay 7.0
76 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Nov 22, 2013 Writer / Screenplay 7.9
58 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Mar 9, 2012 Writer 6.5
82 127 Hours Nov 5, 2010 Screenplay 8.1
86 Slumdog Millionaire Nov 12, 2008 Screenplay 7.8
63 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Mar 7, 2008 Screenplay 7.4
73 Japanese Story Dec 31, 2003 Associate Producer / Associate Producer 8.0
38 Blow Dry Mar 7, 2001 Writer / Writer tbd
75 The Full Monty Aug 13, 1997 Written By 7.8