Ray Connolly (born 1941 in Lancashire) is an English novelist, screenwriter and journalist.
He is perhaps best known for writing the screenplays for the films That’ll Be the Day and the sequel Stardust and for his biography of John Lennon who he was waiting to interview when he died.
He was born and brought up in Lancashire and attended the London School of Economics where Mick Jagger was a fellow student and he read social anthropology. He then interviewed sixties pop stars for the London Evening Standard.
He has written numerous newspaper articles for The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Observer.
In addition to his biography John Lennon 1940-1980 he wrote the introduction to The Beatles Complete Songbook and The Compleat Elvis.
His novels include Girl Who Came To Stay, Sunday Morning, Shadows On A Wall and most recently Love Out Of Season.
He also wrote and directed the feature length documentary entitled James Dean: The First American Teenager and his television scripts have included Lytton's Diary and Perfect Scoundrels.