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Guy Ritchie's Biography

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Guy Stuart Ritchie was born on September 10, 1968 in Hatfield in Hertfordshire, the son of advertising executive John Ritchie.

Guy Ritchie's parents divorced when he was 5 and his mother Amber, a model, remarried Sir Michael Leighton, but divorced again when Guy Ritchie was 12.

Ritchie, who had dyslexia went to numerous schools, and left with just one qualification, a GCE in film studies.

After a brief spell in construction and building, in 1993, Guy Ritchie started work as a runner in the film business and just a couple of years later he was directing music promos and commercials.

In 1995, Ritchie directed a 20 minute film, Hard Case, which was partly financed by his girlfriend's father, Michael Green of Carlton TV, and was transmitted on Channel Four.

It is reported that this is how Guy Ritchie first came to the attention of Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, who later invested in Ritchie's breakthrough film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

In 1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was released to critical acclaim and the following year Guy Ritchie met Madonna through Sting and Trudie Styler, and a year later they would marry.

2000 was a big year for Guy Ritchie. It saw the successful release of Snatch and on August 11, Guy Ritchie and Madonna had a son, Rocco.

In his memoir, Life with My Sister Madonna, Madonna's brother Christopher Ciccone described Guy Ritchie and Madonna's wedding on December 22:

"I discover that none of the guests is allowed a mobile phone and that we are all banned from leaving the castle during the five-day wedding celebrations. Moreover, 70 security guards will be on hand to ensure that no press infiltrates Skibo (and no guest escapes)."

In 2002 Guy Ritchie directed Swept Away, which featured Madonna, but was not a success.

In 2005 Ritchie followed up with Revolver, featuring Jason Statham and in 2008 he finished production of RocknRolla with a cast, which included Gemma Arterton and Idris Elba.

In June 2008, it was reported that Guy Ritchie was to direct a new film based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

In October 2008, Guy Ritchie and Madonna revealed they were going to divorce.

In January 2010, it was announced that Guy Ritchie had launched a record label called Punchbowl Recordings, named after the London pub he owns.

In 2015, he directed The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

In the same year, he married Jacqui Ainsley.

In 2019, he directed The Gentlemen, starring Hugh Grant.

Their fathers had known each others as army officers and Hugh Grant and Guy Ritchie recreated the photograph of them together.

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