Directed about 50 documentaries for the BBC, mid-1970s to mid-1980s
The first book in Nicholson's 'Wind on Fire' trilogy, 'The Wind Singer', won the Smarties Gold award and a Blue Peter best book award.
In his youth he went to a Roman Catholic monastic school in the English countryside near Bath.
Studied English Literature at Cambridge University.
He lives in Sussex England with his wife Virginia, and their three children.
Has twice been nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as author of a Best Play nominee: in 1991 for "Shadowlands" and in 2004 for "The Retreat from Moscow."
Nicholson's wife, Virginia, is the daughter of Quentin Bell, granddaughter of painter Vanessa Bell, and the great-niece of writer Virginia Woolf. A writer herself, she chronicled her Bohemian grandparents' generation in "Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939" (William Morrow, 2002).
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Drama and Literature. He is a screenwriter and author in Lewes, East Sussex, England.
He earned his first Oscar nomination for writing the screenplay for Shadowlands (1993). The film also earned its leading lady Debra Winger an Oscar nomination as Best Actress. In 2010, 17 years after the film's release, she praised Nicholson's script to New York Times by calling it "the most literate script I've ever read. I was sad every day that I wouldn't ever say those lines again.".