Philippa Boyens
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Philippa Boyens

Philippa Boyens

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Boyens in 2012
Philippa Jane Boyens

1962 (age 56–57)
OccupationScreenwriter, film producer
Years active2001-present

Philippa Jane Boyens (born 1962) is a New Zealand screenwriter and producer who co-wrote the screenplay for Peter Jackson's films The Lord of the Rings series, King Kong, The Lovely Bones, and the three-part film The Hobbit,[1] all with Jackson and Fran Walsh.[2][3][4][5]

She, Jackson, and Walsh won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King at the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. She was also co-producer in every one of Jackson's films since King Kong, and in District 9. Prior to screenwriting, Boyens worked in theater as a playwright, teacher, producer and editor.[6] She also spent time as director of the New Zealand Writers Guild.[7]

Personal life

Born in 1962, Boyens is the daughter of John Fraser Boyens and Jane Moana Menhennet.[8] She was educated at Massey High School and was later a part-time student at the University of Auckland, graduating with a BA in English and history in 1994. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the university in 2006.[9]

She has three children, daughter Phoebe Gittins and son Calum Gittins (both with actor Paul Gittins), and a second son, Isaac Miller. Phoebe appeared as a Hobbit in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, one of George Harvey's victims in The Lovely Bones, and a wench in the Prancing Pony in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Calum appeared as Haleth in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers;[10] and Isaac appeared as a young Hobbit in a flashback of the Old Took's party in the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

In the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours, Boyens was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to film.[11]

Work on Lord of the Rings

Boyens first became a Tolkien fan as a child. When she came on board to help the writing team on The Lord of the Rings, she had already read the book seven times.[7]





Year Title Notes
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Writer "The Edge of Night", "The Green Dragon"


  1. ^ Taylor, Drew (19 December 2014). "Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens on 'The Hobbit,' a Missing Elf, and What's Next (EXCLUSIVE)". Moviefone (19 December 2014). Moviefone. AOL Inc. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Sobczak, Marcin J. (5 December 2014). "The Producer's Work: An Interview With Philippa Boyens". The Huffington Post (5 December 2014). Archived from the original on 25 December 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Rodger, Kate (2 December 2014). "Full interview: Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens on finishing the Hobbit movies". (2 December 2014). 3 News Newzealand. 3 News Newzealand. Archived from the original on 25 December 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Wilner, Norman. "Q&A: Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens & Lee Pace". Now Magazine. Archived from the original on 6 November 2018. Retrieved 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ Clark, Noelene (18 December 2014). "'The Hobbit': Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens on 'Five Armies' ending". Los Angeles Times (18 December 2014). Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Ethan Gilsdorf. "Hobbit Week: A Conversation with Hobbit Screenwriter Philippa Boyens". Archived from the original on 14 January 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Phillipa Boyens biodata". Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen - New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 74. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  9. ^ "Distinguished Alumni Profiles - Philippa Boyens". University of Auckland. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ Philippa Boyens on IMDb
  11. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2004". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 7 June 2004. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ Lee, Ashley (24 November 2016). "Peter Jackson's 'Mortal Engines' Gets December 2018 Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 27 November 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (17 November 2015). "Disney Sets 'Lord Of The Rings' Co-Writer Philippa Boyens To Write Young Merlin Movie". Deadline. Retrieved 2019.

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