Fast Facts

  • With an English father and an American mother, he is a dual citizen of the U.K. and the U.S. and grew up in London and Chicago.
  • Was interested in botany as a kid, but turned to filmmaking at age 7 when he picked up his father's Super 8 camera and started making movies.
  • Made short films as a teen and while in college; his short film Tarantella was shown on PBS in 1989.
  • Made corporate training videos while shooting his first feature, 1998's Following, which was filmed on weekends over a year and cost $6000 to make.
  • Came to the public's attention with his second feature, Memento, which was based on an unpublished short story his brother wrote.
  • Became an A-list director after convincing Warner Bros. to let him reboot their Batman franchise with Batman Begins.
  • Is red-green color-blind.

Awards

  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2001, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2001, Sundance Film Festival — Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Winner
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  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2010, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2010, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2010, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2011, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2015, Robert Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee

Relationships

  • Matthew Nolan — Brother
  • Emma Thomas — Wife
  • Flora — Daughter
  • Jonathan Nolan — Brother

College

  • Attended University College, London, England