At the age of 13, Stuart Urban had his first film shown at the Cannes Film Festival. The Virus of War was a thirty-minute 16mm movie about a fascist outpost on some British Islands in the Atlantic. The cast and crew were all children and the film was seen on television globally. It is now preserved in the National Film Archive.
After graduating from Balliol College, Oxford, with a first class degree in Modern History, Urban entered the film industry in 1982 and has worked in various capacities as writer, director and producer. His first full-length BBC drama, An Ungentlemanly Act, dramatising the first 36 hours of the Falklands War starring Ian Richardson and Bob Peck, won a BAFTA Award as the Best Single Drama and numerous other international awards.
From 1994-95, Urban directed Our Friends in the North, the most successful drama for 15 years on BBC2, which won him another BAFTA for Best Drama Serial. It was recently voted one of the Top 25 Television Programmes Of All Time in the influential British Film Institute Poll 2000.
In 1995, he wrote the $6 million HBO/BBC movie Deadly Voyage that won the Silver Nymph Award for Best Screenplay at Monte Carlo. In 1997, through his company Cyclops Vision, he wrote, produced and directed the cult comedy Preaching to the Perverted, a widely sold and popular title on the international film festival circuit. In 1999, he produced, directed and co-wrote with Harold Pinter Against the War, an acclaimed and hard-hitting indictment of the NATO bombing of Serbia for the BBC and Cyclops Vision.