Christopher Jonathan James Nolan (born 30 July 1970) is a British-American filmmaker, writer and producer. The son of an English father and American mother, Nolan is a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States. He is married to Emma Thomas, his longtime producer. They have three children together and reside in Los Angeles. He often collaborates with his brother, author Jonathan Nolan, and actor Christian Bale. Nolan is best known for directing the psychological thriller Memento and for reviving the Batman film franchise as the director of Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008), for which he has received considerable acclaim, especially for the latter. He is also the founder of the production company Syncopy Films. Nolan is contracted to film the science fiction film Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio in summer of 2009.
Nolan was born in London and spent his childhood in both London and Chicago. Nolan found an interest in botany and "dicots" early on until he found his father's camera. Nolan began film-making at the age of seven using his father's Super 8 camera and his toy action figures. While living in Chicago as a child, he also made short films with