24 Facts About Alex Garland


Alex Garland rose to prominence as a novelist in the late 1990s with his novel The Beach, which led some critics to call Garland a key voice of Generation X Alex Garland subsequently received praise for the screenplays of the films 28 Days Later, Sunshine, both directed by Danny Boyle, Never Let Me Go, and Dredd.


In 2014, Garland made his directorial debut with Ex Machina, a science fiction-thriller that explores the emergence of artificial general intelligence.


Alex Garland's second film, Annihilation, based on the 2014 novel by Jeff VanderMeer, was a critical success.


Alex Garland was born in London, England, the son of psychologist Caroline and political cartoonist Nicholas Alex Garland.


Alex Garland has a younger brother and two older paternal half-siblings.


Alex Garland was educated at University College School and later attended and graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in History of Art.


Alex Garland's The Tesseract is a non-linear narrative with several interwoven characters, set in Manila, Philippines.


In 2002, Alex Garland wrote the screenplay for Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, starring Cillian Murphy.


Alex Garland has said that the script was influenced by 1970s zombie films and English science fiction like The Day of the Triffids.


Video games such as the Resident Evil series served as an influence for 28 Days Later, with Alex Garland crediting the first game for revitalizing the zombie genre.


Alex Garland won a Best Screenplay honor at the 2004 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for his script of the film.


In 2005, Alex Garland wrote a screenplay for a film adaptation of Halo.


Alex Garland served as an executive producer on 28 Weeks Later, the sequel of 28 Days Later.


Alex Garland wrote the screenplay for the 2010 film Never Let Me Go, based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.


Alex Garland wrote the script for Dredd, an adaptation of the Judge Dredd comic book series from 2000 AD.


In 2018, Karl Urban, who played the eponymous role in the film, stated that it was Alex Garland who deserved credit for directing Dredd.


Alex Garland made his directorial debut with Ex Machina, a 2014 feature film based on his own story and screenplay.


Alex Garland has described it as "an adaptation [that] was a memory of the book," rather than book-referenced screenwriting, to capture the "dream like nature" and tone of his reading experience.


In January 2021, Alex Garland was hired to direct his third film, Men, which stars Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear.


Alex Garland wrote, served as executive producer, and directed the eight-episode miniseries Devs, about the "mysterious ongoings at a tech company", for FX; the series was greenlit in August 2018, and premiered 5 March 2020 on FX on Hulu.


Spaeny, who did not audition for the role as Alex Garland had wanted her specifically for it, stated that Devs was short for Development, and that the series would explore the idea of the multiverse.


Alex Garland served as a story supervisor on the game DmC: Devil May Cry in 2013.


Alex Garland is married to actress Paloma Baeza and has two children.


Since he made his directorial debut, Alex Garland has worked with several actors multiple times.