Tim Bevan b. Queenstown, New Zealand.
Born in Queenstown, New Zealand, doctor’s son Tim Bevan, along with partner Eric Fellner, is co-founder and co-chairman of Britain’s flagship production company Working Title Films. Bevan was brought up in New Zealand the son of English immigrants; returning to England for secondary school, then back to NZ in the 70′s to take up a job as a production runner. Bevan then served his screen apprenticeship at the National Film Unit. Bevan returned to England and went into business, setting up Aldabra, a music video production company. In 1984 Aldabra evolved into the London-based Working Title Films, its first feature was the box office success and critically acclaimed My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) directed by Stephen Frears. In 1991, Working Title linked up with Polygram, Sarah Radclyffe, co-founder of Working Title, left the company at this point to remain an independent filmmaker. Eric Fellner, who had previously produced films including The Rachel Papers (1989) and Hidden Agenda (1990), filled Sarah Radclyffe’s departure. Polygram has later absorbed into Universal Pictures, allowing Bevan greater access to Hollywood money and Universal’s world distribution network. Bevan and Fellner’s production company has overseen such hits as Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Bean (1997), Notting Hill (1999), Billy Elliot (2000) and Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001). Bevan has made a sole acting appearance in Elizabeth (1998), cast as ‘Handsome Man’. He was married to actress Joely Richardson for seven years; they have a daughter, Daisy. In 2009, Bevan was confirmed as the chairman of the U.K. Film Council.