Peter Bradshaw

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Peter Bradshaw
Peter Bradshaw
Peter Bradshaw speaking at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1962-06-19) 19 June 1962 (age 56)[1]
Education PhD (English)
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge
Occupation Author, film critic

Peter Bradshaw is a British writer and film critic. He currently writes for The Guardian.


Bradshaw was educated at the independent The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Hertfordshire,[2] and studied English at Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, where he was president of Footlights.

Bradshaw is the film critic for The Guardian. Before joining The Guardian, Bradshaw was employed by the Evening Standard for whom he wrote a series of parodic diary entries purporting to be written by the Conservative MP and historian Alan Clark, which Clark thought deceptive and which were the subject of a court case resolved in January 1998. The court found in Clark's favour, granting an injunction, deciding that Bradshaw's articles were then being published in a form that "a substantial number of readers" would believe they were genuinely being written by Alan Clark.[3] Bradshaw found it "the most bizarre and surreal business of my professional life. I'm very flattered that Mr Clark should go to all this trouble and expense in suing me like this."[4]

Bradshaw has written three novels, Lucky Baby Jesus, published in 1999, Dr Sweet and his Daughter, published in 2003 and Night Of Triumph, published in 2013. He also wrote and performed a BBC radio programme titled For One Horrible Moment, recorded 10 October 1998 and first broadcast 20 January 1999. The programme chronicled a young man's coming of age in 1970s Cambridgeshire. He also co-wrote and acted in David Baddiel's sitcom Baddiel's Syndrome. This was first aired on Sky One.

In a 2012 Sight & Sound poll of cinema's greatest films, Bradshaw indicated his ten favourites, given alphabetically, are The Addiction (1994), Andrei Rublev (1966), Annie Hall (1977), Black Narcissus (1947), Hidden (2004), I am Cuba (1964), In the Mood for Love (2000), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), Raging Bull (1980) and Singin' in the Rain (1952).[5]

He is also a regular guest reviewer on BBC1's Film programme.


  1. "'BRADSHAW, Peter, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>(subscription required)
  2. Sex,violence and classroom action, The Guardian, 9 September 2008.Retrieved 9 January 2013
  3. Kate O'Hanlon "Law report: Format of parodied Clark diaries was deceptive", The Independent, 28 January 1998
  4. "Clark victorious in diary battle", BBC News, 21 January 1998
  5. "Peter Bradshaw BFI's 2012 Sight & Sound Poll". BFI. Retrieved 22 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Tim Scott
Footlights President
Succeeded by
Roland Kenyon