Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard was born in 1937 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia. He grew up in Singapore and India during the Second World War and moved to England in 1946 with his mother and stepfather. Educated at schools in Nottingham and Yorkshire, he worked as a journalist and critic before beginning to write plays for theatre and television. He was knighted in 1997. Tom Stoppard’s work includes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadThe Real Inspector HoundJumpersTravestiesNight and DayEvery Good Boy Deserves FavourAfter MagritteDirty LinenThe Real ThingHapgoodArcadiaIndian InkThe Invention of Love, the trilogy The Coast of UtopiaRock ‘n’ Roll and The Hard Problem. His radio plays include If You’re Glad I’ll Be FrankAlbert’s BridgeWhere Are They Now?Artist Descending a StaircaseThe Dog It Was That DiedIn the Native State and Darkside (incorporating Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon). His television work includes Professional FoulSquaring the Circle and Parade’s End. His film credits include Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which he also directed, Shakespeare in Love, Enigma and Anna Karenina.

Tom Stoppard wins the David Cohen Prize (report courtesy of ITV)