He was educated at Highgate School and Oriel College, Oxford, is married with three sons and lives in Putney, south-west London. Chapter 1 Section A: Thesis Statement After graduating from Oxford, Williams joined the BBC as a general trainee, and worked as an arts producer for the Corporation eventually becoming the editor of Omnibus and Bookmark.
He won a television BAFTA for his 1994 screen adaptation of William Horwood's Skallagrigg.
His most successful work to date has been the 2005 TV drama Elizabeth I, being himself nominated for an Emmy Award for his script and winning multiple awards for the film and its star, Helen Mirren.
Williams was also the primary scriptwriter for the second season - based on Greek myths - of the acclaimed Jim Henson's Storyteller series.
His first novel My Life Closed Twice won the 1974 Somerset Maugham Award