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In 1945, his mother, Martha, married British army major Kenneth Stoppard, who gave the boys his English surname and, in 1946, moved the family to England.Stoppard's stepfather believed strongly that "to be born an Englishman was to have drawn first prize in the lottery of life" —a quote from Cecil Rhodes —telling his 9 year-old stepson: "Don't you realise that I made you British?He has been co-opted into the Outrapo group, a far-from-serious French movement to improve actors' stage technique through science.Stoppard has also co-written screenplays including Shakespeare in Love and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
He co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil, The Russia House, and Shakespeare in Love, and has received an Academy Award and four Tony Awards.
His work covers the themes of human rights, censorship and political freedom, often delving into the deeper philosophical thematics of society.
Stoppard has been a key playwright of the National Theatre and is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation.
Stoppard was born Tomáš Straussler, in Zlín, a city dominated by the shoe manufacturing industry, in the Moravia region of Czechoslovakia.
He is the son of Martha Becková and Eugen Straussler, a physician employed by the Bata shoe company.
On 15 March 1939, the day the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, the Straussler family fled to Singapore, where Bata had a factory.