William Osborne is a British barrister, screenwriter, film producer and novelist. He was educated at Gresham’s School, Norfolk, Robert Louis Stevenson School, California and is a Scholar of St John’s College, Cambridge University, (MA in Law 1986).
He was called to the Bar in 1983 and practised as a family barrister for a short time as a tenant at 2 Queen Elizabeth Buildings, Middle Temple.
He is married to the well known film producer, Debra Hayward with whom he has four children.
Since 2010 he has been writing historical fiction for young adults.
Produced Films (credited)
Fat Slags 2004, Thunderbirds 2004, The Scorpion King 2002, Kevin of the North 2001, What Rats Won’t Do 1998, Dr Jekyll and Ms Hyde 1995, Bermuda Grace 1994, Ghost in the Machine 1993, The Real McCoy 1993, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot 1992, Twins 1988, Student Exchange 1987.
Produced Films (uncredited)
The Interpreter 2005, The Mummy Returns 2001, Golden Eye 1995, Grumpier Old Men 1995, Ri¢hie Ri¢h 1994, My Father the Hero 1994, Grumpy Old Men 1993, True Identity 1991, Short Time 1990, Beverly Hills Cop II 1987.
Nineteen Ninety-Four was written by William Osborne and Richard Turner, and was published by Arrow paperbacks in 1986.
The novel was based on the BBC Radio 4 radio series written by William Osborne and Richard Turner which starred, Robert Lindsay, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie.
Nineteen Ninety-Eight was written by William Osborne and Richard Turner, and was published by Sphere paperbacks in 1988.
The sequel novel was also based on the sequel BBC radio series written by William Osborne and Richard Turner which starred, David Threlfall, Mike Myers, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Pam Ferris.
Otto and Leni have escaped to England from Nazi Germany. They thought they were safe, but now the British want them to go back. Dropped behind enemy lines, they embark on a secret operation codenamed Wolfsangel. Their mission is to find and kidnap a girl who could bring down Hitler. And so begins their bravest journey yet.
Published in the USA as Hitler’s Secret – Scholastic 2013 – also published in the Netherlands as Children of War. Published in foreign language editions in Turkey, Brazil and Italy.
Tygo, a locksmith’s son, is forced by the Nazis to loot abandoned Dutch homes for valuables. Known as ‘the Ferret’, he’s despised by everyone, but it’s the only way he can keep his family alive. But when he discovers a girl with a diamond in a chimney, he refuses to give her up. Instead he turns spy and trades the jewel for information about Hitler’s ultimate weapon. Can a ferret become a hero? He has one shot to stop the war.
Very happy. The workbook was a very useful aid to take away. A great day.- William Osborne