Sunday, April 22, 2018 Boston Park Plaza
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Julian Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford (Keynote Speaker), is a British actor, producer, novelist, and screenwriter best known for creating the television series Downton Abbey. Fellowes was born in Egypt and attended Magdalene College, Cambridge. He then studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Beginning in the mid-1970s, he played character roles in television series and movies, and in the 1990s he began to write TV adaptations of novels, notably Little Sir Nicholas, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and The Prince and the Pauper. Fellowes’s breakthrough came with his first produced screenplay, Gosford Park. It earned him several honors, including an Academy Award for best original screenplay. He then wrote scripts for Vanity Fair; Separate Lies, which he also directed; The Young Victoria; The Tourist; and Romeo and Juliet. He also published the novels Snobs and Past Imperfect. In 2010 Fellowes created and produced Downton Abbey, which began following the fortunes of more than a dozen major characters, from the earl and countess of Grantham down to the scullery maid, in the pre-World War I period. The show became a massive success both in the UK and abroad, airing on PBS in the United States. In 2011 the show received an Emmy for best drama series, and Fellowes also received an Emmy for his writing on the show.
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