Keith McNally is British. He left school when he was 16 to be an actor. He worked for theater and TV with John Gielgud in Forty Years On and in The Winslow Boys by Terence Rattigan. He had several jobs while he tried to write plays. He settled in the USA in 1975. In 1979, he wrote and directed a play, The Appointment, and he directed his first short film, The Millenium. He then wrote many screenplays never produced until End of the Night, his first feature film.