Christopher Nolan

(Excerpted from Biography.com)

Born on July 30, 1970 in London, England, Christopher Nolan started creating films as a child, making his first short at the age of 7. Nolan traveled between Chicago and London while growing up—his mother was from America and his father was from Britain—and eventually went on to attend University College London ... Nolan's major film debut, FOLLOWING, was a black-and-white, small-budget work about a lonely writer who's obsessed with following strangers and then partners with a burglar. The film's unconventional, non-linear narrative scheme helped garner interest in Nolan's work and propelled him to his next film, MEMENTO ...

Nolan continued presenting psychological thrillers with the remake of INSOMNIA, starring Al Pacino ... The director's career then traveled into the stratosphere ... with the 2005 film BATMAN BEGINS ... Nolan next released 2006's THE PRESTIGE, a well-received story about dueling magicians ... In July, 2008 ... THE DARK KNIGHT opened and ... went on to become one of the top five highest-grossing films in America ... Nolan returned ... with INCEPTION, starring Leonardo DiCaprio  ... The film ... won four Academy Awards for its technical wizardry. Nolan followed with ... THE DARK KNIGHT RISES ...

Nolan's movies are known for their intellectualism, psychological depth and unorthodox storytelling. Both FOLLOWING and MEMENTO had non-chronological narrative structures ... INCEPTION has stories that exist within other stories, as the characters explore the realm of a person's highly layered unconscious mind ... Nolan imbues vivid artistic sensibilities into films that are positioned as mainstream entertainment, as seen with the imagery and cinematic choices that abound in the BATMAN series and INCEPTION, with scenes resembling surreal paintings given life ...

Nolan has dual citizenship within the United States and Great Britain, and is married to Emma Thomas.