Screenwriter and director who created film adaptations of classic literary pieces, including Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, and Anna Karenina.
He studied German and French at the New College, Oxford.
He won an Academy Award in 1989 for writing the Dangerous Liaisons screenplay.
He married Laura Holesch in 1971.
He wrote A Dangerous Mind from 2011, which starred Viggo Mortensen .