Starter for 10 is a British coming-of age romantic comedy drama film directed by Tom Vaughan from a screenplay by David Nicholls, adapted from his own novel Starter for Ten. 

The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2006.  It was released in the UK and Ireland in November 2006, and in Canada and the US in February 2007. 

A Neal Street Production with Playtone, BBC Films and HBO Films. Distributed by Icon Film Distribution.

Nominated for 3 awards

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Set in 1985, working class student Brian Jackson (James McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University. On his way to achieving his long-held ambition to appear on the British TV quiz show, University Challenge, Brian falls in love with his beautiful teammate (Alice Eve) and forms a plan to win her heart.

Key Creatives & Cast

Key Creatives
Directed by Tom Vaughan
Written by David Nicholls based on his book Starter For Ten
Produced by Tom Hanks, Pippa Harris & Gary Goetzman
Executive Produced by Sam Mendes
Cinematography by Ashley Rowe
Production Design by Sarah Greenwood 
Costume Design by Charlotte Morris
Edited by Jon Harris & Heather Persons
Composed by Blake Neely
Casting by Nina Gold

James McAvoy
Rebecca Hall
Alice Eve
Benedict Cumberbatch
Dominic Cooper
James Corden
Lindsay Duncan
Charles Dance
Catherine Tate
Mark Gatiss


"This is a true winner, and the smartest comedy you will see this year."

Empire >

"Starter for Ten, an amiable, nostalgic British comedy from the director Tom Vaughan, tackles a lofty subject -- the allure of knowledge -- with down-to-earth charm."

New York Times

"Starter for 10 is cute and smart, just like its star triangle, and it's also well-written, acted and directed."

Chicago Tribune