Ridley Scott is a British film director and producer, whose notable hits include Thelma and Louise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down.
Scott grew up in West Hartlepool, England, and attended the West Hartlepool College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. After working as a set designer and director in British television, he began in 1967 to direct commercials, eventually numbering more than 2,000, for his own company. His first feature film was The Duellists, which won the best first-feature award at the Cannes film festival. His next three films were fantasies: Alien (1979), Blade Runner, and Legend (1985). Both Alien and Blade Runner were widely regarded as classics. Scott’s films include Hannibal (2001), Matchstick Men (2003), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008), Robin Hood (2010), Prometheus (2012), Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), The Martian (2015), Alien: Covenant (2017), along with many others.