Education, West Hartlepool College of Art; Royal College of Art, London (art, film).
Brother of director Tony Scott.
Father of music video director Jake Scott.
Whilst working as a set designer at the BBC, Scott was assigned to design the Daleks for the popular BBC TV serial "Doctor Who" (1963). Scott passed the work on to his friend Raymond Cusick, as he was unable to attend the filming at Ealing.
Owns the visual effects company Mill Film, based in London. They did the majority of the effects work on Gladiator (2000).
Ranked #31 in the 2001 edition of Entertainment Weekly's Power List.
Enya's 1986 recording "Aldebaran" is dedicated to him.
Ranked #30 in Premiere's 2002 annual Power 100 List.
In the 1990s, he was developing a film adaptation of the Richard Matheson novel, 'I Am Legend'. This project was never finished.
Is the father of "director's cut".
Owns Shepperton Studios in the UK with his brother Tony Scott.
Has made over 2000 commercials.
Son of Elizabeth Jean Scott.
Knighted in the 2003 New Year's Honours List.
Ranked #25 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #30 in 2002.
Father of actress Jordan Scott
Black Hawk Down (2001) is dedicated to his mother, who died in 2001.
Directed a Maxwell House coffee commercial that starred Shakira Caine. Michael Caine saw the commercial and was so taken by her beauty, he desperately searched for her. They have been married 30 years.
He cast his partner in life, Giannina Facio, in all of his films since Gladiator (2000).
Usually casts / works with actors that have a strong theatre background and are graduates of Drama School.
Of all the professional actors he has hired / worked with for his films, over fifty percent come from elite Drama schools and the theatre such as the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, The Globe Theatre, The Old Vic, and the National Theatre in London (to name a few), which he feels brings as large a presence to the screen as the actors do to the stage.
Graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, England, with a B.A. from the Film Arts school.
Graduated from the London International Film School's one year master's program where two of his short films won awards.
Is the only director, other than George Lucas, who has directed both Harrison Ford and Ewan McGregor in a movie.
He and Michael Mann have both directed a Hannibal Lecter film. They have also both worked frequently with an actor who has played Jack Crawford. Mann directed Dennis Farina's first film, Thief (1981), and he also used him on "Miami Vice" (1984). Scott cast Harvey Keitel in The Duellists (1977) and Thelma & Louise (1991). Keitel went on to play Jack Crawford in Red Dragon (2002).
Is left-handed and personally sketches most of his own storyboards with great artistic style
Likes to be personally involved with the casting of his movies
The most successful British director in Hollywood in terms of box office to date (April 2005).
Has worked with three Aragorns. His first theatrical film, The Duellists, featured Sir Robert Stephens, who played Aragorn in the BBC radio adaptation. His breakthrough film, Alien, featured John Hurt, who voiced the character in the Ralph Bakshi animated film. G.I. Jane featured Viggo Mortensen, who played the part in Peter Jackson's live-action adaptation.
He and his brother Tony Scott have worked with several of the same actors. Ridley cast Tom Skerritt as Captain Dallas in Alien (1979), while Tony cast him as Mike Metcalf, mentor to Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun (1986). Tom Cruise appeared in Top Gun for Tony, and Legend (1985) for Ridley. Giancarlo Giannini played a police officer in Hannibal (2001), and again in Man on Fire (2004). Gary Oldman appeared in True Romance (1993) for Tony and Hannibal (2001) for Ridley. Brad Pitt appeared in True Romance for Tony and Thelma and Louise for Ridley. Viggo Mortensen appeared in Crimson Tide (1995) for Tony, and G.I. Jane (1997) for Ridley. In addition, Tim Robbins, who appeared in Top Gun, has been involved in a long term relationship with Susan Sarandon, who appeared in Thelma and Louise, since 1988.
His first feature film, The Duelists, is based on a Joseph Conrad story. In his next film, Alien, the spaceship was known as the Nostromo and its escape ship as the Narcissus. Both are names taken from Joseph Conrad stories.
Ranked #5 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Greatest directors ever!" 
Ranked #28 on Premiere's 2005 Power 50 List. Had ranked #32 in 2004.
While in college at the Royal College of Art, he was a contributor to the college magazine ARK. He also helped establish a film studies department at the school.
Directed the Famous Apple Macintosh 1984 ad that was shown during the 1984 Superbowl.
In 1994, he was slated to direct "Hot Zone" from a screenplay by James V. Hart based on the 1992 New Yorker article "Crisis in the Hot Zone" by Richard Preston. The film was to star Robert Redford and Jodie Foster and was based on the true story of the discovery of the deadly Ebola virus. Various factors, including the development of the similarly-plotted Outbreak (1995), led to the project being cancelled.