June 11, 1970
Hammersmith, London, England
Jane Goldman was a prolific British screenwriter who co-wrote several films for the prominent action director Matthew Vaughn. Born and raised in London, Goldman always had a knack for the written word. She began her professional writing career at 16 as a columnist for one of the largest newspapers in Britain. From there she began authoring articles on pop-culture and women's issues for various magazines, like Cosmopolitan and Just Seventeen, before turning her attention to books. Starting with the release of her first book in 1993, Thirteen-Something, Goldman wrote several additional non-fiction titles in the 90s, most of which were geared towards a young adult audience. Then in the mid-2000s, Goldman's longtime friend, the fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, introduced her to the writer/director Matthew Vaughn. Vaughn was adapting Gaiman's book, Stardust, for a major Hollywood studio, and needed some help with the structure. Gaiman suggested Goldman, and thus began what would prove to be a long and fruitful working partnership. Over the next several years, Goldman co-wrote several screenplays directed by Vaughn, including the fantasy epic "Stardust" (2007), the cult hit "Kick-Ass" (2010), the superhero movie "X-Men: First Class" (2011), and the action extravaganza "Kingsman: The Secret Service" (2015). In addition to her work with Vaughn, Goldman also wrote the 2012 horror movie, "The Woman in Black," which was her first sole screenwriting credit. In 2015 she was also hired to adapt the popular young adult book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, for director Tim Burton. Goldman also had a sole writing credit for her work on that film.