Christopher Edward Nolan (born 30 July 1970) is a British film director, screenwriter and producer. He co-founded the production company Syncopy Films with his wife, co-producer Emma Thomas.
A noted trailblazer of the darker side of the human psyche, with a particular affinity for existential questions regarding identity, perception and memory, Nolan has been described as "one of the most innovative storytellers and image makers at work in movies today". Since his debut in 1998, Nolan has directed eight features, ranging from low budget independent films to large-scale, major studio-supported blockbusters. In total, they have grossed approximately $1.6 billion in North America and $3.5 billion worldwide.
He has received three Academy Award nominations, two of which are for Best Original Screenplay. In July 2012, Nolan became the youngest director to be honored with a hand-and-footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.