Tim Bevan

Timothy John Bevan, CBE (born 20 December 1957) is a British film producer,[2] the co-chairman (with Eric Fellner) of the production company Working Title Films.

Tim Bevan

Timothy John Bevan

(1957-12-20) 20 December 1957[1]
Queenstown, New Zealand
EducationCheltenham College
Sidcot School
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1984 – present
Joely Richardson
(m. 1992; div. 2001)

Amy Gadney (m. 2001)
Children3, including Daisy Bevan

Bevan and Fellner are the most successful British producers of their era, having produced several critically and commercially successful films including Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Elizabeth (1998), Notting Hill (1999), Billy Elliot (2000), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Atonement (2007), Frost/Nixon (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), The Theory of Everything (2014), and Darkest Hour (2017). They are also notable for their long-time collaboration with American filmmakers the Coen brothers, having produced Barton Fink (1991), Fargo (1996), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), The Big Lebowski (1998), and O Brother, Where Art Thou? among others. As of 2017, films by Working Title Films have won 12 Academy Awards and 39 British Academy Film Awards.[3][4][5]

Bevan was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2005 Birthday Honours for services to the British film industry.[6]

Early life and education

Bevan was born in 1957 in Queenstown, New Zealand.[7][1] From 1969—1974, he was educated at Sidcot School,[8] a Quaker boarding independent school in the Mendip Hills, near the village of Winscombe in North Somerset, in South West England. He then attended Cheltenham College,[9] a boarding independent school in the spa town of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, in the West of England.

Life and career

Bevan co-founded Working Title Films in London with Sarah Radclyffe and Graham Bradstreet in the 1980s.[2] (Eric Fellner now partners Tim Bevan at Working Title Films). Among Bevan's more than 40 films as producer or executive producer are Moonlight and Valentino, Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Guru, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Love Actually, Notting Hill, Elizabeth, Bridget Jones's Diary, Atonement, and Frost/Nixon. Through 2017, the films he has co-produced have grossed a total of almost $7 billion worldwide.[10]

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.

Bevan is a co-producer of the West End musical Billy Elliot.

Personal life

Bevan is divorced from English actress Joely Richardson; the two have a daughter, Daisy, born in 1992. Bevan is now married to Amy Gadney, and they have a daughter Nell, born 2001, and a son Jago, born 2003.


Awards and honours

  • 2005: Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • 2013 received the degree of Doctor honoris causa from The University of York[11]
  • 2018: Cinematic Production Award of the Royal Photographic Society


  1. UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
  2. "The Media 100, 2008: 51. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner". The Guardian. UK. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
  3. Adler, Tim (9 August 2010). "Working Title: Why UK's Most Successful Film Production Company Is Back In Its Wheelhouse". Deadline. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  4. Higgins, Charlotte (16 April 2005). "Interview: Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, co-chairmen Working Title Films". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  5. "About". Working Title Films. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  6. "No. 57665". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2005. p. 7.
  7. "Mountain Films Limited". Companies House. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  8. "Alumni of Sidcot School". Sidcot School, Somerset. Archived from the original on 27 June 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  9. "Cheltenham College". Tatler. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  10. Thompson, Anne (10 July 2017). "Why Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now". IndieWire. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  11. The University of York: Graduation Ceremonies Central Hall, 10, 11 and 12 July 2013

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