Raised in Broadstairs, Kent, England
Film acting debut as Benvolio in "Romeo and Juliet"
Co-starred opposite Isabelle Adjani in Truffaut's "L'Histoire d'Adele H/The Story of Adele H"
Gave up acting to concentrate on writing
First produced screenplay "The Killing Fields," directed by Roland Joffe
Film directorial debut, "Withnail & I"; also scripted; first collaboration with actor Richard E. Grant
Reteamed with Grant for "How to Get Ahead in Advertising"
Returned to directing with the thriller "Jennifer 8"
Published first novel, the semi-autobiographical <i>The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman</i>
Credited as co-screenwriter (with Wesley Strick) in "Return to Paradise"
Returned to acting, co-starring in "Still Crazy," directed by Brian Gibson
Scripted "In Dreams," directed by Neil Jordan
Penned first children's book <i>The Obvious Elephant </i>
Second children's book <i>Harold and the Duck</i>
Wrote the screenplay and directed "Rum Diary," based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson; starred Johnny Depp