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Christopher Nolan facts: Age, parents, wife, children, net worth and more

Christopher Nolan is a British-American filmmaker. Known for his Hollywood blockbusters with complex storytelling, Nolan is considered a leading filmmaker of the 21st century.

He has received many accolades, including nominations for eight Academy Awards, and his films have grossed more than $6 billion worldwide, ranking him among the highest-grossing directors.

In 2015, he was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time, and in 2024, he was honoured with the British Film Institute Fellowship.

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Nolan developed an interest in filmmaking from a young age. After studying English literature at University College London, he made several short films before his feature film debut with Following (1998).

Nolan gained international recognition with his second film, Memento, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

He transitioned from independent to studio filmmaking with Insomnia and found further critical and commercial success with The Dark Knight trilogy, The Prestige, and Inception; the last of these earned Nolan two Oscar nominations—Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

This was followed by Interstellar, Dunkirk and Tenet. For the war drama Dunkirk, he earned two Academy Award nominations, including his first for Best Director.

Parting ways with longtime distributor Warner Bros. Pictures, Nolan signed with Universal Pictures for the biopic Oppenheimer, which won him a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Direction.

Christopher Nolan age

Christopher Edward Nolan was born on 30 July 1970, in Westminster, London. He celebrated his 53rd birthday in 2023.

Christopher Nolan parents

Christopher Nolan was born to Brendan James Nolan and Christina Jensen.

His father was a British advertising executive who worked as a creative director. His mother was an American flight attendant from Evanston, Illinois; she would later work as a teacher of English.

Christopher Nolan siblings

He has an elder brother, Matthew, and a younger brother, Jonathan, also a filmmaker. The three brothers were raised Catholic in Highgate and would spend their summers in Evanston.

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Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas

Christopher Nolan wife

Nolan is married his longtime girlfriend, Emma Thomas, in 1997.

The couple originally met while they were both students at University College London, and she worked with him on many of his early student projects.

Since then, she has worked as a producer on all of his films. She also co-founded the production Syncoopy Inc. with him.

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Nolan walks red carpet with his wife and children at Oppenheimer premiere

Christopher Nolan children

Nolan and his wife, Emma Thomas, have four children. They are Oliver Nolan, Rory Nolan, Magnus Nolan, and Flora Nolan.

Christopher Nolan net worth

As of February 2024, Christopher Nolan’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

Christopher Nolan family

Here is a list of Christopher Nolan’s family members:

Father: Brendan James Nolan, a British advertising executive.
Mother: Christina Jensen, an American flight attendant from Evanston, Illinois.
Brother: Matthew Francis Nolan.
Brother: Jonathan Nolan, also a filmmaker.
Uncle: John Nolan, an English actor.
Wife: Emma Thomas.
Children: Flora Nolan, Rory Nolan, Magnus Nolan, and Oliver Nolan.

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