Brian Viner is an English journalist and author. Viner was born to an unmarried mother at the now demolished Royal Northern Hospital, London, and was adopted by a couple in Southport, Merseyside when a few weeks old. He met his birth parents for the first time in the 1990s. He was educated at King George V School, Southport, then at St Andrews University. In 1985/6 he was a Robert T Jones Memorial Scholar at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1994 to 1999 Viner wrote for the Mail on Sunday. In 1997 he won a What the Papers Say Award for his work as the paper's television critic. He was a columnist on The Independent from January 1999 to December 2011, and then turned freelance, writing for numerous national newspapers, including the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, the Financial Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian, the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Express.

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Spielberg draws on his childhood and deserves his Oscar accolades: BRIAN VINER reviews The Fabelmans

Big, bloated... but Margot and Brad's talkie is a heck of a spectacle: BRIAN VINER reviews Babylon

Cate Blanchett grabs baton in race for an Oscar: BRIAN VINER reviews Tar

BRIAN VINER: Take a seat for Mendes' ode to cinema in the Eighties (Toffets not included)

Whitney's fallen star shines brightly again: BRIAN VINER reviews I Wanna Dance With Somebody

BRIAN VINER: Ten films you'd never realise are Christmas classics and they're all available to watch

BRIAN VINER reviews Avatar: The Way of Water

After Disney's sweet but wooden remake, BRIAN VINER reviews Guillermo del Toro's dark Pinocchio

Emma Corrin swaps shy Di for a more raunchy Lady: BRIAN VINER reviews Lady Chatterley's Lover

BRIAN VINER reviews Matilda The Musical

The swanky restaurant where revenge is the order of the day: BRIAN VINER reviews The Menu

Is story of fascinating girls trickery or divine miracle? BRIAN VINER reviews The Wonder

A fair amount of spirited fun, BRIAN VINER reviews Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Tip a bowler hat to Bill's nigh-on perfect performance: BRIAN VINER reviews Living

You'll laugh until you scream at unlikely box office hit: BRIAN VINER reviews Barbarian

The perfect example of storytelling: BRIAN VINER reviews The Banshees of Inisherin

From Di to Chatterley, but Emma's romp is all too tame: BRIAN VINER reviews Lady Chatterley's Lover

It's the full Bronte! BRIAN VINER reviews Emily

Mum who helped unearth king's bones in a car park: BRIAN VINER reviews The Lost King

BRIAN VINER's five-star review of Matilda The Musical