Ray Connolly was brought up in Lancashire. After graduating from the London School of Economics where he read social anthropology, he began a career in journalism, and between 1967 and 1973 he wrote a weekly interview column for the London Evening Standard, concentrating mainly on popular culture and music. Since then he has written for the Sunday Times, The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer and the Daily Mail.
His first novel, A Girl Who Came To Stay, was published in 1973. Several other novels followed, including Sunday Morning, Shadows On A Wall. Then, working with producer David Puttnam, he wrote the original screenplays for the films That’ll Be the Day and Stardust, and wrote and directed the feature length documentary James Dean: the First American Teenager.
He has also written for television, most notably the films Forever Young and Defrosting The Fridge, andthe series Lytton’s Diary and Perfect Scoundrels, while he also co-wrote the George Martin documentary trilogy about music The Rhythm of Life for BBC2. For radio he wrote Lost Fortnight, about Raymond Chandler in Hollywood, and Unimaginable, which concerned the twenty four hours around the death of John Lennon, who he was due to see on the day the former Beatle was murdered. In 2010 he adapted one strand of his novel Love Out Of Season as the radio play God Bless Our Love, which was followed by Sorry, Boys, You Failed the Audition in which he explored, through the eyes of their fan club secretary, what might have happened to the Beatles had they been turned down by Parlophone in 1962.
Currently working on radio adaptations of his screenplays for the films That’ll Be The Day and Stardust, he is married to Plum Connolly and lives in London.
A two hour (two-part) interview for Resonance FM in which Ray Connolly is interviewed by Henry Scott-Irvine about the musical influences which shaped his career.