Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis is a film writer and director, responsible for films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Mr Bean, Love Actually, and most recently About Time and Yesterday. In the other half of Richard’s life he is co-founder and vice-chair of Comic Relief. He has created the fundraising event Red Nose Day, in which he co-produced 16 live nights for the BBC since 1988 and the charity has made over £1.3 Billion for projects in the UK and internationally during that time. In 2015, he helped bring Red Nose Day to the United States with the partnership of NBC and Walgreens - where it has so far raised nearly $150 million to help children in the USA and round the world.

“The SDGs are the definitive plan for tackling the greatest challenges facing humankind and our planet - a comprehensive roadmap to end extreme poverty, tackle climate change and fight inequality and injustice. ”


RICHARD CURTIS Writer, Director, Co-Founder of Red Nose Day and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate 

Richard Curtis is a screen writer and director, responsible for films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, Mr. Bean, Love Actually, The Boat That Rocked, About Time and most recently Yesterday.

In the other half of Richard's life, he is the Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of Comic Relief, which he started after visiting Ethiopia during the 1985 famine. In 1988, Comic Relief launched its Red Nose Day fundraising initiative, including a live TV broadcast for the BBC, which brought together some of the biggest celebrities of the day. Since then, Richard has produced 16 live nights of television and Red Nose Day has raised more than £1.3 billion for projects in the UK and around the world. 

In 2015, Richard launched Red Nose Day in the United States, dedicated to ending child poverty at home and abroad. It included a live telecast on NBC and raised over $23 million. Red Nose Day returned to the US in 2016 and every year since – raising over $150 million so far. 

Richard was a founding member of the Make Poverty History in support of the UN’s MDGs and worked both on that campaign and on Live 8 in 2005. As part of his contribution to the campaign Richard wrote The Girl in the Café for HBO and the BBC – a television drama based around the G8 Summit, which won three Emmys. In 2012, Phillip Noyce directed Richard's TV movie Mary and Martha, a film about two mothers losing their sons to malaria. It has been shown in 50 countries around the world and used as a campaigning tool by many organizations committed to ending malaria. 

In 2014 Richard founded Project Everyone. Working alongside the United Nations, Project Everyone helped to launch and promote the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and combat climate change by 2030. 

In 2015 as part of this endeavour Richard co-produced the Global Citizen Festival, live from Central Park, which was broadcast in over 100 territories worldwide. He also helped establis the World’s Largest Lesson which helps children learn about the Goals in 150 countries worldwide. 

In January 2016 Richard was formally appointed as a UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate alongside 16 others including Paul Polman and Graça Machel. Richard and Project Everyone are involved in the Global Goals Week partnership with the UN Foundation and others, and 2019 will also see the second ‘Goalkeepers’ event with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.