Richard Curtis (writer) won an Emmy® and a Humanitas Award for “The Girl in the Café,” an HBO/BBC co-production. He wrote and directed “Love Actually,” which was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award, and “Four Weddings and a Funeral” was nominated for an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe. His other credits include numerous Mr. Bean projects, “Notting Hill,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” HBO’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” and “War Horse.”
Curtis has devoted a large part of his life to public service. He co-founded and is the vice chairman of Comic Relief [not affiliated with the U.S. organization of the same name], which oversees the successful outreach campaigns Red Nose Day and Sport Relief in the U.K. He began the charity after a trip to Ethiopia during the famine of 1985 and has produced 14 live nights of outreach programming for the BBC since the first Red Nose Day in 1988. Comic Relief has raised more than $1 billion for charity projects in Africa and the U.K.
As a founding member of Make Poverty History coalition, Curtis spearheaded efforts for debt and trade justice for some of the world’s poorest countries. Included in those efforts were the multi-continent awareness concerts Live 8, global political outreach and the HBO Films presentation “The Girl in the Café.” In 2007, Curtis produced “Idol Gives Back” with the “American Idol” creators. That series of programs raised more $75 million for projects that help the poorest children in the U.S. and Africa and received the Emmys® Governor’s Award, which recognizes an extraordinary use of television.