Ridley Scott Directed the film Blade Runner


Date of birth 30th November 1937

Place of Birth South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, UK

Nicknames R-Scott  & Rid 


Ridley was brought up in Northumberland, England, he was educated at the West Hartlepool College of Art and London's Royal College of Art.  After completing his education, he became a set designer for the British Broadcasting Company in the early '60s, eventually getting promoted to director of such popular BBC series as the long-running police adventure Z Cars.  With the establishment of his own firm, Ridley Scott Associates, Scott was in on the ground floor of some of the most inventive European TV commercials of the 1970s.

Ridley's first big directing job came with the film The Duellists in 1977.  Greater success followed with Alien, in 1979.  In 1982, the director found himself at the centre of a storm around his production of Blade Runner. After repeated clashes with studio executives over the film's complex content and downbeat finale, Scott added a voice-over narration,  and a more positive ending.   and Blade Runner fell victim to negative reviews and poor box-office results. It wasn't until the early '90s that the director's cut was finally released, theatrically and on video cassette, and the film was recognized as a science fiction masterpiece.

Ridley has continued to direct some really great films over the years.