Simon Sebag Montefiore is a prizewinning historian and novelist whose bestselling books have been published in over forty-eight languages and are being developed for the screen by producers such as Angelina Jolie, Lionsgate, Universal, Netflix, 21st Century Fox and FilmFour.
He has won prizes for both fiction and non-fiction: Catherine the Great and Potemkin was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and is being developed as a feature by Angelina Jolie. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar won the British Book Awards History Book of the Year Prize and is being developed as a TV drama series.
Young Stalin won the Costa Biography Award (UK), the LA Times Book Prize for Biography (USA), Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique (France) and the Kreisky Prize (Austria). It is being developed as a feature film.
He is also the author of the children’s novel series The Royal Rabbits of London (written with Santa Montefiore) that is being developed as a major animated feature film by 21st Century Fox. He has written and presented 5 BBC TV series including Jerusalem: The Making of a Holy City, Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain, Rome: A History of the Eternal City and Vienna: Empire Dynasty and Dream.
He read history at Cambridge University where he received his PhD, and now lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.