The son of a British nobleman, Anthony Havelock-Allen began his film career in a variety of capacities in 1933. By 1937, Havelock-Allen had become a producer. He was most closely associated with director David Lean; this collaboration resulted in such quality films as Brief Encounter (1945), Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948). He frequently co-scripted the films he produced, earning an Academy Award nomination in this capacity for Great Expectations. Not long after producing his final feature, Lean's Ryan's Daughter (1970), Havelock-Allen was elevated to knighthood. Anthony Havelock-Allen was married twice, to actresses Valerie Hobson and Marguerite Chapman.