Julian Fellowes started work as an actor but is best known as a writer. His first film script was Gosford Park, directed by Robert Altman, which won him the Oscar. He wrote the scripts for Vanity Fair, Young Victoria and he worked on The Tourist. He is responsible for the ‘book’ of the Broadway musicals, Mary Poppins and School of Rock and was nominated for a Tony for the latter. He also wrote the books for Half a Sixpence and The Wind in the Willows, both of which played in the West End in 2017. He has also written three Sunday Times Best Sellers, Snobs, Past Imperfect and Belgravia. He wrote and directed Separate Lies and From Time to Time both of which won several awards. He was the creator, writer and executive producer of Downton Abbey for which he has won three Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Special BAFTA, and many other industry awards. Julian is involved in various charitable organisations with his wife, Emma, as well as being head of the Talking Books Appeal, a Vice President, for the RNIB, and in January 2011, he was raised to the peerage as the Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, DL.