William Nicholson is one of today's most successful scriptwriters yet it was almost by accident that he moved into writing for screen. Early in his career, Shadowlands earned the writer both a BAFTA award and an Oscar nomination, thrusting him on to the world stage. Subsequent work included the screenplay for Nell (with Mark Handley), directed by Michael Apted, and the Ridley Scott directed Gladiator for which he shared an Oscar nomination with John Logan and David Franzoni.
Nicholson currently has several projects in development, including a script for Working Title’s adaptation of Les Miserables to be directed by Tom Hooper. Of his writing, he says, "I am not writing to reveal my own mysteriously-fascinating self to others but to explore the world we all share."