Eric Fellner

Eric Fellner, CBE (born 10 October 1959)[1] is an English film producer. He is the co-chairman (along with Tim Bevan) of the production company Working Title Films.

Eric Fellner

Born (1959-10-10) 10 October 1959
ResidenceLondon, England
EducationCranleigh School, Surrey
Alma materGuildhall School of Music and Drama, London
OccupationFilm producer
Partner(s)Laura Bailey

Early life and education

Fellner was born to a Jewish family in England.[2] From 1972 to 1977, he was educated at Cranleigh School, a boarding independent school for boys (now co-educational), in Surrey in South East England, followed by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Life and career

Among Fellner's more than 60 films as producer or executive producer are Moonlight and Valentino, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Dead Man Walking, Fargo, Notting Hill, United 93, Bridget Jones's Diary and Senna.

Working Title Films signed a deal with Universal Studios in 1999 for a reported US$600 million, which gave Bevan and Fellner the power to commission projects with a budget of up to $35 million without having to consult their paymasters. It is now Britain's largest production company with offices in London and Los Angeles. Successes include Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) which has grossed over US$250 million worldwide. Dead Man Walking and Fargo won Oscars in 1996 and 1997 respectively, while Elizabeth (1998) and Atonement (2007) were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award.


  • He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the British film industry.
  • In 2013, he and Bevan received the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild of America.[3]
  • 2018: Cinematic Production Award of the Royal Photographic Society

Personal life

Fellner is a good friend of Hugh Grant, who is the star of some of Working Title's biggest box office hits.[4] Fellner and his long-time partner, model Laura Bailey, have two children together and live in London.[5]



  1. "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 10 October 2014. p. 41.
  2. "Jews in the News: Oscar Time!". Tampa Jewish Federation. February 19, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  3. King, Susan (November 14, 2012). "Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner to receive Producers Guild honor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  4. "Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner". Bloomberg Businessweek. June 10, 2001. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  5. Chris Hastings and Jasper Copping (1 July 2001). "Model makes up with Oxford don father".

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