Co-author of the infamous book "Spycatcher" which was banned by the British government in the mid 80s for revealing insights into how the British Secret Service (MI5) operated.
Was set to direct the doomed movie adaptation of the comic book mini-series The Watchmen after previous directors Terry Gilliam (back in the 1980s), Darren Aronofsky, and briefly David Hayter all left the project.
Brother Mark Greengrass is a leading professor in history, specializing in early modern French history.
One of 115 people invited to join AMPAS in 2007.
Was the ghost writer of the memoir Spycatcher for Peter Wright in 1988.
2007 - Ranked #28 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
Ranked #56 on the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture".
Is a Crystal Palace FC supporter.
Cited as one of the models for fictional TV reporter Damien Day in TV series Drop the Dead Donkey.
Originally slated to direct Rush (2013) but ultimately switched with Ron Howard for Captain Phillips (2013) instead.
Directed Barkhad Abdi to an Oscar nomination for Captain Phillips (2013).
His favorite films are The Battle of Algiers (1966), Battleship Potemkin (1925), Bicycle Thieves (1948), Breathless (1960), Citizen Kane (1941), The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964), Kes (1969), Seven Samurai (1954), The War Game (1966) and Z (1969).
Greengrass is a fan of the Crystal Palace soccer club and frequently attends their matches.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2022 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to the Arts. He is a film director in Henley, Oxfordshire, England.