- Represented Magdalene College on University Challenge, a British TV quiz show, in 1969; he lost in the first round.
- Wrote romance novels under the pseudonym of Rebecca Greville.
- Was invariably cast in supporting roles while pursing an acting career in England during the 1970s.
- Relocated to Hollywood in the early 1980s, where he thought he'd scored a big break: taking over the role of Mr. Roarke's sidekick on Fantasy Island from Hervé Villechaize. The producers decided to go with the older Christopher Hewett instead, however.
- Had a dozen screenplays rejected before being asked to write the script for Robert Altman's 2001 film Gosford Park; he won an Oscar for it.
- Proposed to his wife Emma 20 minutes after meeting her; she initially thought him daft and refused to give him her phone number. They married some 15 months later.
- His wife Emma is a lady in waiting to Princess Michael of Kent.
- Appointed to Britain's House of Lords in 2010 by prime minister David Cameron.
- Supports many charities, including the RNIB, a nonprofit that helps blind and partially sighted people; Breast Cancer Haven; and the Alzheimer's Society.
- 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
- 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
- 2015, Producers Guild Awards — Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: Nominee
- 2001, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
- 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
- 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Winner
- 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Winner
- 2001, BAFTA Film Awards — The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film: Nominee
- 2002, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2001, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
- Emma Joy Fellowes — Wife
- Olwen Fellowes — Mother
- David Fellowes — Brother
- Nicholas Fellowes — Brother
- Rory Fellowes — Brother
- Peregrine Fellowes — Father
- Peregrine Fellowes — Son
- University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, Cambridge, England (English Literature); Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1973)
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