Christopher Nolan is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated directors of today’s era with the incomparable success of his movies. He is a film director, producer and screenwriter and is noted as one of the most acclaimed directors of the 21st century.

He has frequently worked with his brother, Jonathan, who he has co-written several movies with. He also works consistently with his wife, Emma Thomas.

He also holds both American and British citizenships.

Christopher Nolan Biography

Christopher Nolan was born in London on the 30th of July, 1970. His father – Brendan James was an Ad Exec while his mother, Christina was an English teacher and Flight attendant. Because his father was from England and his mother was from America, he spent a lot of his time split between the two countries.

Christopher has an older brother who is a convicted criminal, Matthew Francis Nolan and a younger brother, Jonathan, who he frequently collaborates with. He began making movies when he was only seven years old, using his action figures and his father’s super 8 cameras. As most filmmakers who grew up around the same time he did, he was influenced by Star Wars.

His family later relocated to Chicago where he started making movies with the Belic brothers – Adrien and Roko.

He later attended Haileybury and Imperial Service College in Hertford Heath before going on to study English Literature at the University College London. Here, he was president of the Union’s Film Society. After gaining his degree, he worked as camera operator and script reader for a while and even directed some industrial films and corporate videos. But with time, he was eventually able to break into the industry and make a name for himself.

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He made his directorial debut with the 1998 film, Following. The movie was a considerable success and brought attention to Nolan. His second movie, Memento, gained him even more exposure and he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Orginal Screenplay.

The success of these movies is what enabled Nolan to make big budget movies such as Insomnia, The Prestige, Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy which have also maintained the critically acclaimed consistency of his movies. The film, Inception, was nominated for eight Academy Awards.


Christopher Nolan is married to a British Film producer, Emma Thomas. Nolan and his wife have frequently collaborated on several movies together including The Prestige, Inception, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk and Interstellar.

Emma who was born on the 9th of December, 1971 in London also studied at the University College London where she met Nolan. The two got married in 1997. Together, they currently live in Los Angeles, California with their four children.

Other films she has produced include Following, Insomnia, DoodleBug, Memento, Man Of Steel, Transcendence and Justice League.

Emma also worked as a script supervisor during the 1990s. She was the assistant to Stephen Frears while he directed High Fidelity. Apart from producing all of her husband’s films since 1997, she is also the co-owner and co-founder of the production company – Synocopy Inc – with her husband.

Awards And Nominations

To begin to count all the awards and nominations Christopher Nolan has garnered all through his very successful career, we could be here all day. So far, his movies have grossed over US$4.7 billion worldwide. Furthermore, he has also gotten thirty-four Oscar nominations for all his movies and a total of seven wins…and that’s just the beginning.

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Net Worth

Christopher Nolan has an impressive net worth of $180 Million.
While this is a lot of money, it is completely expected, considering he is currently one of the most successful filmmakers in today’s world. His movies have gone to not only critically acclaimed but also commercially successful.

The movie Batman Begins made $374.2 million against a budget of $150 million. The Prestige made $109 million against a budget of $40million. The Dark Knight made $1.005 billion against a budget of $185 million. Inception made $828.3 million against a budget of $160 Million. The Dark Knight Rises made $1.085 billion against a budget of $230 million. Dunkirk made $525.5 Million against a budget of $100million.

Considering the successes of these movies and how much he must have been paid to make them – it is entirely understandable why, as a director and filmmaker, he is worth so much.

Christopher Nolan Height, Weight And Other Facts

Full Name: Christopher Edward Nolan

Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer

Height: 183 cm

Weight: 74 kgs

Race: Caucasian

Nationality: English

Date of Birth: 30 July 1970

Place of Birth: London, England

Marital status: Married

Astrological sign: Leo

Christopher Nolan Net Worth:  $180 million