Peter Straughan

Film Industry Role: Writer

Nationality: English

Major Works: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”; “Frank”

Major Awards and Nominations: "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, from John le Carré's novel, earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Peter Straughan is an English screenwriter known for his work on acclaimed films and television shows. He was born on February 2, 1968, in London, England.

Straughan began his career as a playwright and theater director before transitioning into screenwriting. In the early 2000s, he collaborated with his wife, Bridget O'Connor, on several projects. They co-wrote the screenplay for the British comedy-drama film "Sixty Six" (2006), which was loosely based on Straughan's own childhood experiences. The film received positive reviews and earned him and O'Connor a nomination for the British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay.

One of Straughan's most notable works is the screenplay for the film "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (2011), directed by Tomas Alfredson. Adapted from John le Carré's novel of the same name, the film starred Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy. Straughan's adaptation was highly praised for its faithfulness to the source material and its atmospheric depiction of Cold War espionage. It earned him and his late wife, Bridget O'Connor, an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Straughan continued to work on high-profile projects, including the adaptation of Jon Ronson's book "The Men Who Stare at Goats" (2009), which starred George Clooney and Jeff Bridges. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the dark comedy-drama "Frank" (2014), directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson.

In recent years, Straughan worked on the screenplay for the fantasy film "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (2016), directed by Tim Burton. He also adapted Donna Tartt's novel "The Goldfinch" (2019) into a film directed by John Crowley.

Peter Straughan is known for his skillful adaptation of complex literary works into compelling screenplays. His work is characterized by strong character development, intelligent storytelling, and an ability to capture the essence of the source material. Despite the tragic loss of his wife Bridget O'Connor in 2010, Straughan has continued to contribute to the world of screenwriting with his talent and dedication.


"Mastering Screenwriting with Peter Straughan: Turning Ideas into Compelling Narratives"

Join acclaimed screenwriter Peter Straughan as he shares his professional techniques and experiences in crafting successful scripts. 

 From concept development to the final draft, this class will provide an in-depth look into the art and craft of screenwriting.