William Osborne (born 1960) is an English barrister, screenwriter, author, and company director.

He lived in Hollywood from the 1980s to 2001, after which he returned to England and began writing children’s fiction.

Early life

Osborne was educated at Gresham's School, Holt, then at Robert Louis Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, California, and St John's College, Cambridge, where he studied law and was Vice President of the Cambridge Footlights, and finally at the Middle Temple, from where he was called to the bar.[1][2]


Shortly after beginning his career as a barrister, Osborne moved to Hollywood with a friend, William Davies, and began to write film scripts. Their only preparation for this new career was to buy a book called Screenplay and read it five times.[1] Osborne became a member of the Writers Guild of America West and has written for more than sixty films, including GoldenEye (1995).[3]

He has been a director of Loveb Films since 2012.[4]

In 2001, Osborne married the film producer Debra Hayward,[5] and they have four children.[6] He returned from California to marry Hayward, and they later moved from London to Glandford, Norfolk, with Osborne taking up writing children’s fiction.[3] His recreations include cold water swimming, Lego, and driving a beach buggy.

Filmography as writer



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "INTERVIEW: William Osborne", norwichfilmfestival.co.uk, accessed 17 February 2021
  2. ^ 'Cambridge Tripos results', Times, 3 July 1982, p. 10.
  3. ^ a b c Rowan Mantell, "Couple’s amazing film-making odyssey brings them to Norfolk", Eastern Daily Press, 31 October 2014, accessed 17 February 2021
  4. ^ "William OSBORNE", company-information.service.gov.uk, accessed 19 February 2021
  5. ^ "William H Osborne" in England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005: "Name: William H Osborne / Registration Date: 2001 [Sep 2001] / Registration District: Camden, Greater London / Spouse: Debra Hayward / Volume Number: 250 / Page Number: 424 / Entry Number: 027"
  6. ^ Debra Hayward: Heaven knows we were Les Misérables making this movie, Evening Standard, 29 January 2013, accessed 17 February 2021
  7. ^ Interview with Screenwriter William Osborne, Author of Jupiter’s Fire (#YA Historical Fiction), beckiewrites.com, accessed 17 February 2021