Books  |  Oct 20, 2017

Curtis Brown clients dominate Evening Standard's Progress 1000

The Evening Standard has once again named a score of Curtis Brown clients and agents as some of London’s 1000 most influential and successful people.

The prolific John le Carré appears for a second year running on the Authors list. Following the enormous success of the acclaimed TV adaptation of The Night Manager, le Carré has just released the first George Smiley novel in 25 years, A Legacy of Spies.

Nigella Lawson, “still the undisputed queen of television cooks”, features in the Eat & Drink category. Her new cookbook, At My Table was published this autumn and a BBC One series of the same name debuts on October 30th.

Political Editor for ITV news, Robert Peston, is named on the Communicators and Media list and recognized for inspiring “affection in his fans, an unusual quality among ‘serious’ journalists.”

Included in the Theatre category this year is National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris, who has remained “a strong advocate for a more inclusive, curious-minded style of theatre”.

James Graham “is firmly established as the political playwright of his generation” with two plays currently on at St Martin’s Lane; Labour of Love starring Tamsin Greig and Martin Freeman, and Ink which is the story of a young Rupert Murdoch and the launch of The Sun newspaper.

Michelle Terry, the newly appointed Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, also features in the Theatre category. Award-winning actor and playwright Rory Kinnear is also listed with upcoming theatre roles including Karl Marx at the Bridge Theatre and Macbeth with Anne Marie Duff at the National Theatre.

Actors on the Theatre list include Billie Piper, who returned to the Young Vic this Summer to reprise her role in Frederico Garcia Lorca’s Yerma. Actors featured in the Screen category are Tom Holland, who has been hailed as the best Spiderman to date, Dev Patel, who was Oscar nominated for his performance in Lion, Daniel Mays who has recently starred in both Line of Duty and Born to Kill and Fionn Whitehead who recently lead Christopher Nolan’s distinguished cast in

On the Artists and Curators list this year are Grayson Perry and Artistic Director of
the Royal Academy of Art, Tim Marlow.

Jonny Geller, Joint Chief Executive of Curtis Brown and Managing Director of the Books Department is once again recognized. Jonny’s authors include John le Carré, William Boyd, Nigella Lawson, Tracy Chevalier, Howard Jacobson, David Mitchell, and David Nicholls.