Date of Birth: September 10, 1968
Growing up in London, England, Ritchie had an interest in film
ever since he watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a child. He
started off his film career as a runner in 1993. In two years, Ritchie had
built himself up in the industry and started to direct music promos for
bands and commercials.
Saving every penny from this work, Ritchie soon had enough to invest it into
writing and made a twenty-minute short film, The Hard Case (1995).
This short led him to write and direct his first feature, Lock, Stock and
Two Smoking Barrels (1998), which he produced with partner Matthew Vaughn
after the two formed SKA Films. The low budget film was an immediate
success with viewers and critics alike. It received a number of awards and
nominations including BAFTA awards (won and nominated), British Independent
Film Awards (nominated), Edgar Allen Poe Award (won) and MTV Movie Awards
(won) to name a few. Most of the awards honored Ritchie for his efforts. The
successful film was also followed by an exclusive deal with Ginger
Productions for a TV series based on the movie.
For the beginning of the new millennium, Richie wrote and directed Snatch,
starring Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones, Benicio Del Toro and Ewen Bremner.
Ritchie married Madonna on December 22, 2000, and they have a son, Rocco. They were divorced eight years later. Ritchie also has a son, born September 2011, with girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley.