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“Peaky Blinders” is one of Steven Knight’s most well-known works. (Image: Caryn Mandabach Productions)

The next Star Wars writer, Steven Knight, is a newcomer to the galaxy far, far away, but he's no stranger to TV and film. According to IMDb, he’s worked on 46 projects. The talented U.K. screenwriter, producer, and director may not be a household name, but he's certainly had a hand in creating and writing memorable films and TV series, including  “Dirty Pretty Things,” “Peaky Blinders,” and “Rogue Heroes.”

If you're wondering whether the prolific writer can handle navigating the complicated ship that is Star Wars, you'll have a better idea by the end. Below is a complete list of all the projects Knight has been involved with either as a writer, a creator, or both.

Steven Knight Films in Chronological Order

‘Gypsy Woman' (2001)

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Steven Knight’s origin as a screenwriter is not what you’d expect: rom-com. (Image: Overseas Filmgroup)

This rom-com is set in Wales even though the filming locations were in London and The Isle of Man. Geographical discrepancy aside, “Gypsy Woman” was Knight's first-ever film writing credit. It stars Jack Davenport and Neve McIntosh, with Sheree Folkson as the director. The film isn’t what you’d expect to be Knight’s entry into screenwriting, but that makes his trajectory as a writer, producer, and director all the more impressive.

‘Dirty Pretty Things' (2002)

Starring a young Chiwetel Ejiofor, this social thriller was well-received by both critics and audiences. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and it's certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 94 percent Tomatometer score.

‘Amazing Grace' (2006)

Though not as critically acclaimed as “Dirty Pretty Things,” “Amazing Grace” did have a stacked cast that included Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Ciaran Hinds, and Rufus Sewell. This historical biopic tells the story of William Wilberforce, a member of the British parliament who advocated for the end of the slave trade.

‘Eastern Promises’ (2007)

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This gangster film about drugs and sex trafficking is a realistic depiction of the crime rings in Russia. (Image: Focus Features)

This David Cronenberg-directed film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts, centers around the sexual assault of a young girl and how it connects to the Russian mob. “Eastern Promises” received praise from critics and was nominated for several Golden Globes and British Independent Film Awards. Mortensen was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his performance.

‘Closed Circuit' (2013)

“Closed Circuit” pairs two ex-lovers on the defense team of a suspected terrorist charged with orchestrating a mass casualty attack. The plot held a lot of promise, but even with a stellar cast that included Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, and Riz Ahmed, the film fell short. Sadly, it was panned by critics and audiences; a 43 percent Tomatometer and 31 percent audience score from Rotten Tomatoes says everything you need to know.

‘Hummingbird' / ‘Redemption' (2013)

Known as “Redemption” in the U.S., “Hummingbird” stars Jason Statham playing the part of Joseph Smith, a former soldier using a false identity, who searches for his friend, Isabel, and later her killer. Despite a dense, captivating plot, the film didn't do so hot, earning a paltry 47 percent Tomatometer score and a 38 percent audience score.

‘Locke' (2013)

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“Locke” earned Tom Hardy a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor. (Image: Shoebox Films)

“Locke” has an unorthodox plot that sees Tom Hardy's Ivan Locke taking a series of increasingly tense calls on his drive to the hospital — nobody but Hardy is ever shown on camera. “Locke” was well-regarded by critics, earning it a 91 percent Tomatometer score.

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey' (2014)

Not one to stick to one genre, Knight's “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a love letter to food and fine dining set in France. Though critics didn't love it as much as audiences, it's still a fun, feel-good movie about the power of food and how it can bring people together.

‘Seventh Son' (2014)

A star-studded cast that saw the likes of Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges couldn't save the “Seventh Son.” The fantasy film failed to enchant moviegoers despite a somewhat interesting plot and notable cast.

‘Pawn Sacrifice' (2014)

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Before “The Queen’s Gambit,” there was “Pawn Sacrifice.” (Image: Gail Katz Productions)

“Pawn Sacrifice” is a biopic of famous chess player, Bobby Fischer, played by Tobey Maguire. The film is set against the backdrop of the Cold War and follows Fischer's journey to defeat the best chess players the Soviet Union had to offer. With a 72 percent Tomatometer score, “Pawn Sacrifice” is one to watch.

‘Burnt' (2015)

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Bradley Cooper couldn’t save “Burnt” from going up in flames at the box office. (Image: 3 Arts Entertainment)

Where “The Hundred-Foot Journey” depicts fine dining in a positive light, “Burnt” does the opposite, focusing instead on the chaotic life of a once-great chef as he attempts a comeback to the world of fine dining. Despite Bradley Cooper's spicy take on Adam Jones, the film was mostly tasteless, which the 28 percent Tomatometer score accurately reflects.

‘Allied' (2016)

“Allied” is a spy thriller romance, centering around the relationship between a Canadian spy and a French resistance fighter. Though the film stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, it was considered a box office flop and not one of Knight's best films.

‘Woman Walks Ahead' (2017)

What begins as a film about one artist's journey to paint the famous Lakota chief Sitting Bull eventually becomes a film about Native Americans and their plight with the government's forceful attempt to take their land. Despite the 59 percent Tomatometer score, the Jessica Chastain-led film is still worth watching.

‘November Criminals' (2017)

The Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz film follows Addison Schacht's (Elgort) quest to discover the truth behind the murder of his friend. With a 0 percent Tomatometer score and a 24 percent audience score, it's best to avoid this film.

‘The Girl in the Spider's Web' (2018)

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“The Girl in the Spider's Web” couldn’t live up to the expectations set by “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” (Image: Columbia Pictures)

Based on David Lagercrantz's eponymous novel, which is part of the Millenium book series originally written by Stieg Larsson before his passing, this film adaptation starring Claire Foy was a flop. “The Girl in the Spider's Web” was supposed to reboot the successful “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” franchise, but those plans fell by the wayside after the film received shockingly low review scores — the film's 38 percent Tomatometer score played a part in that.

‘Serenity' (2019)

“Serenity” is a mystery-psychological thriller starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway hiding a huge twist. Written and directed by Knight, the film's interesting and mind-bending plot didn't do much to win over critics or audiences. This is another Knight project that is best avoided.

‘Locked Down' (2021)

Taking a step back from crime dramas and mystery thrillers, Knight’s “Locked Down” is part rom-com and heist film that was shot during the pandemic. The film, which stars Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor, creatively weaves in the real-life pandemic lockdowns into the plot. However, despite being topical, “Locked Down” failed to captivate audiences who were locked down and desperate to watch anything new. If you're a fan of heist films, you may be able to overlook the 42 percent Tomatometer score.

‘Spencer' (2021)

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Kristen Stewart takes on the role of Princess Diana in “Spencer.” (Image: Shoebox Films)

After several flops, “Spencer” sees Knight back on top. The film, starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, is set during the Christmas holidays, which the princess spends with the Royal Family, and centers on the princess's decision to leave her husband. Audiences may have found it tedious, but critics adored “Spencer,” earning it an 84 percent Tomatometer score.

‘Maria' (TBA)

“Maria” will star Angelina Jolie as Maria Callas, a legendary opera singer, and tells the story of the singer's last days. The film is currently in production.

‘Star Wars: Episode X — A New Beginning' / ‘Star Wars: New Jedi Order' (TBA)

The new Star Wars film, the first since the much-derided “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” sees Knight at the writing helm after Damon Lindelof walked away from the project earlier this year. Absolutely nothing is known about the film's plot, though it was announced that Daisy Ridley would be reprising her role as Rey in the upcoming film. Aside from that, everything about the film, including the actual title, is being kept close to the vest.

Steven Knight TV Shows in Chronological Order

Before Knight was a big-time creator with several successful TV shows and movies under his belt, he cut his teeth as a staff writer for various comedy shows and game shows. Aside from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” which Knight co-created with two others, Knight worked solely as a writer for the following projects:

  • “Frankie Howerd on Campus” (1990)
  • “Auntie's Big Bloomers” (1990)
  • “Show do Milhão” (1990) — Creator of the Brazilian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”
  • “Canned Carrot” (1990 to 1992)
  • “Frankie's On…” (1992)
  • “Jasper Carrot: Carrott U Like” (1994)
  • “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (1998 to 2010) — Co-creator
  • “The National Lottery: Winning Lines” (2002)

‘Commercial Breakdown' (1989 to 1996)

Though “Commercial Breakdown” wasn't Knight's first writing gig, it was arguably the most successful show he worked on early in his career. Not that the series needed much writing, however. “Commercial Breakdown” was sort of like “America's Funniest Home Videos,” except that it showed commercials from around the world rather than blooper videos. While the whole show ran for nearly 20 years, Knight was only there for seven of those years.

‘The Detectives' (1993 to 1997)

“The Detectives” was one of Knight's earliest writing jobs on a TV series, as opposed to the comedy and game shows he had worked on before. The cop comedy follows two hopeless detectives who solve their cases despite their lack of real detective skills.

‘All About Me' (2002 to 2004)

Knight was the creator of this sitcom that starred Jasper Carrott, a comedian Knight had worked with in the past. The sitcom, which followed the lives of a Birmingham family and was narrated by one of the boys, ran for three seasons.

‘Peaky Blinders' (2013 to 2022)

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“Peaky Blinders” is one of the best Netflix series to date. (Image: Caryn Mandabach Productions)

After “All About Me,” Knight didn't do another TV series until “Peaky Blinders,” a turn-of-the-century crime drama about a Birmingham family and its fearless leader, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy). Not only is this Knight's best-known work, but it's arguably one of the best series on Netflix.  “Peaky Blinders,” which Knight created and wrote occasionally, ran for six seasons. A “Peaky Blinders” movie was announced in 2020, though there haven't been any further updates regarding its release.

‘Taboo' (2017)

“Taboo” is a miniseries created by Knight, actor Tom Hardy, and his father, Chips Hardy. The series takes place in the early 1800s and follows James Delaney (Tom Hardy), a man who returns to England from Africa after his father mysteriously passes. The show gets its name due to Delaney's forbidden relationship with his half-sister and the fact that he has mystical powers. It was well-received by critics.

‘See' (2019 to 2022)

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Jason Momoa takes over the small screen in “See.” (Image: Chernin Entertainment)

Knight once again returns as a creator and writer for “See,” a Jason Momoa-led series on Apple TV+ that takes place in a world where all humans have lost their eyesight. It's a hell of a premise for a dystopian narrative, and while the 63 percent Tomatometer score tells one story, it's clear that audiences liked it. The show came to a natural conclusion after three seasons.

‘A Christmas Carol' (2019)

This story has been told ad infinitum, but Knight's version took a different approach. The gothic retelling of this Christmas classic had a middling reception from critics. Audiences were a lot more appreciative, however, with the show scoring 75 percent of audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. With only three episodes, it's a fairly quick watch if you're looking for something to binge during the holidays.

‘SAS: Rogue Heroes' (2022 to Present)

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“SAS: Rogue Heroes” is for fans of military films. (Image: Kudos)

With a veritable who's who of young British talent such as Alfie Allen, Jack O'Connell, and Connor Swindells, “SAS: Rogue Heroes” is a must-watch Knight series that follows the origins of the famed British Army Special Air Service during WW2. The show has 100 percent Tomatometer and 85 percent audience scores. The BBC picked up a second season that focuses on the European front during the war, as opposed to the African front depicted in the first season.

‘Great Expectations' (2023)

“Great Expectations” is the second show from Knight adapted from a Charles Dickens novel, and it's not much better than the first in regards to its critical reception. Neither audiences nor critics found this show good; its Tomatometer score was 43 percent.

‘All the Light We Cannot See' (2023)

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“All the Light We Cannot See” comes to life in a Netflix adaptation. (Image: 21 Laps Entertainment)

The Netflix series adapted from the eponymous Anthony Doerr novel, which was awarded a Pulitzer prize, tells the story of a blind girl in France during WW2, who broadcasts on the radio to help the resistance, and a German soldier and radio operator who attempts to find the girl's whereabouts. Though the book is better and critics panned it, it's a short enough series that you can watch it in a single afternoon.

‘This Town' (2024)

Written and created by Knight, “This Town” is set in the U.K. in the ‘80s, focusing on the vibrant Ska and two-tone music scene of the era. The six-part miniseries is currently in production and is expected to release in 2024.

Other Upcoming Steven Knight Projects

Knight has more projects lined up, though information on them is scarce. Below is a list of the writer's upcoming TV projects.

  • “The Veil” (TBA)
  • “A Thousand Blows” (TBA)
  • “Ferrari” (TBA)
  • “Roads to Freedom” (TBA)
  • “Small Dark Look” (TBA)

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