Andrew Davies is a Welsh screenwriter most widely known for his screen adaptations of novels, which includes a lot of Costume Drama as well as more contemporary works. For much of his adult life, he taught literature, his students including a young Sue Birtwistle, who would later produce his scripting of the famous 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice. Though he was active in television starting in the 1960s, his career really took off in the 1990s with his adaptation of the political thriller House Of Cards, which was so popular that it influenced the book's sequels.Davies has said that Jane Austen is his favorite author, and has adapted four of her six novels for television, starting with Pride and Prejudice for the BBC in 1995, riding the immense wave of popularity into a much shorter and more controversial ITV Emma the next year, then returning to Austen in 2007 and 2008 with ITV's Northanger Abbey and the BBC's Sense and Sensibility, respectively. Other famous adaptations include two of George Eliot's novels, Middlemarch (1994) and Daniel Deronda (2002), two landmark eight-hour Charles Dickens half-hour soap-opera style serials, Bleak House (2005) and Little Dorrit (2008), and two Anthony Trollope novels, The Way We Live Now (2001) and He Knew He Was Right (2004).His work in Hollywood is a mixed bag — he enjoys the larger sums of money involved, but dislikes the lack of power the screenwriter has. Though the Bridget Jones films are relatively well-liked, he was vocal about the problematic process of adapting Brideshead Revisited, and was not the final writer on that project.His career often finds him collaborating with talent which later finds enormous recognition, such as Colin Firth (Pride and Prejudice), Kate Beckinsale, Mark Strong, Olivia Williams, and Samantha Morton (Emma), Carey Mulligan (Bleak House and Northanger Abbey), Tom Hooper (director of The King's Speech - directed Daniel Deronda), David Yates (director of the final four Harry Potter films - directed The Way We Live Now), Miranda Otto, Cillian Murphy, and Matthew Macfadyen (The Way We Live Now), etc.Davies' own original work includes the TV series A Very Peculiar Practice and (for younger audiences) Educating Marmalade and Alfonso Bonzo.
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