Founded 1899 by Albert Curtis Brown, the company has a long and illustrious history as a world renowned literary agency representing many of the most famous figures of the literary and political world throughout the twentieth century including Winston Churchill, John Steinbeck, Samuel Beckett, AA Milne and DH Lawrence. Many great authors have passed through the portal of Curtis Brown at one point or another in their careers, and many of these remain clients to this day.
In the twenty first century, following a management buy out in 2002, Curtis Brown re-positioned itself in the UK agency market, consolidating its leading position in literary representation while diversifying with an acting department and also significantly enhancing its presenters and theatre, film and television, literary and below the line departments.
With 160 people working in its central London offices, Curtis Brown is led by Sarah Spear as CEO.
Curtis Brown was acquired by Original Talent in 2016 as its first and flagship acquisition; the Original Talent group now includes C&W (formerly Conville & Walsh) , Cuba Pictures, Fane Productions, Ed Victor Ltd, Curtis Brown Creative, Open Book Productions and Tavistock Wood.