After earning a BAFTA nod for the short film "Crocodile Snap," Wright was awarded a filmmaking scholarship with the BBC. He went on to direct several television projects before making his feature-film debut with the critically acclaimed period piece Pride & Prejudice (2005).
Wright earned kudos again for his adaptation of Ian McEwan's sweeping epic, Atonement (2007). The film won an Oscar for its original score, and Wright received BAFTA and Golden Globe nods for Best Director.
This true-life drama tells the poignant tale of Los Angeles newspaper reporter Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.), who discovers brilliant street musician Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), and the unique friendship that transforms both their lives.