Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Lee Hall (born 1966 in Newcastle upon Tyne) is an English playwright and screenwriter. He is best known for his screenplay for the 2000 film Billy Elliot. Hall was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1966 into a working class family, the son of a house painter and decorator and housewife. He was educated at comprehensive school and then studied English at Cambridge University. After leaving Cambridge, he worked as a fundraiser in youth theatre in Newcastle and at the Gate Theatre, London. In 1997, his playwriting career was launched with the broadcast of his radio play, Spoonface Steinberg, on BBC Radio 4. Hall's most commercially successful work is Billy Elliot, the story of a northern English who, in the face of opposition from his family and community, aspires to be and ultimately becomes a ballet dancer. The inspiration for the screenplay was drawn, in part, from the A.J.