John le Carr is the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (born October 19, 1931 in Poole, Dorset, England). He began his formal schooling at Sherborne School in England. Later, he studied at the University of Berne, developing a fascination in foreign languages, and Lincoln College, Oxford. He then taught at Eton College for 2 years. Subsequently, he joined the British Foreign Service (ultimately MI6), where he served mostly in West Germany. Le Carr is the author of many Cold War thrillers, notably those recounting the exploits of George Smiley. Two novels of the Karla trilogy series, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People, were adapted as BBC television series, in which Alec Guinness starred as Smiley.