Famous British Screenplay Writers

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Caroline Aherne
(Actress Best Known for Her Performance as ‘Mrs Merton’ in the Mock Talk Show ‘The Mrs Merton Show’)
Caroline Aherne
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Birthdate: December 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ealing, London, England
Died: July 2, 2016
BAFTA-winning comedian Caroline Aherne is remembered for her portrayal of the character Mrs. Merton on various shows, such as Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show and The Mrs Merton Show. Fans also loved her as Denise Royle in the sitcom The Royle Family and as a narrator on Gogglebox. 
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Martin McDonagh
(Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker)
Martin McDonagh
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Birthdate: March 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camberwell

The director and writer of the Academy Award-winning short film, Six Shooter, Martin McDonagh is also well known as a playwright and stage director. The Beauty Queen of Leenane is one of the his noted works. The crime drama film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was another successful venture of McDonagh. He says he prefers films to plays.

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Russell T Davies
(Screenwriter, Television producer, Science fiction writer)
Russell T Davies
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Birthdate: April 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Swansea

Russell T Davies is a Welsh television producer and screenwriter who contributed immensely to the success of the popular science fiction television show Doctor Who. When Davies was working for the show, Doctor Who received five successive National Television Awards starting from 2005. He has also won prestigious awards, such as the British Academy Craft Award and the Cymru Award.

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Jesse Armstrong
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Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Oswestry, England
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Nick Hornby
(Author & Editor)
Nick Hornby
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Birthdate: April 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Redhill

British author Nick Hornby is best known for his bestselling books Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, all of which were later made into movies. A Cambridge alumnus, he had begun as a freelance journalist for publications such as GQ. He is also known for his music reviews.

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Gary Delaney
(Comedian)
Gary Delaney
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Birthdate: April 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Solihull
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Amelia Bullmore
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Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom
 8 
Martha Fiennes
(actor, screenwriter, writer)
Martha Fiennes
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Birthdate: February 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Suffolk
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Craig Cash
(Actor, Comedian)
Craig Cash
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Birthdate: September 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester
 10 
Jeremy Lloyd
(Writer)
Jeremy Lloyd
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Birthdate: July 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Danbury, England
Died: December 23, 2014
 11 
Lise Mayer
(screenwriter)
Lise Mayer
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Birthdate: November 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago
 12 
David Croft
(playwright, television director, composer, screenwriter)
David Croft
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Birthdate: September 7, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, England
Died: September 27, 2011
 13 
Paul Abbott
(Television producer, Screenwriter)
Paul Abbott
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Birthdate: February 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Burnley
 14 
Michael Powell
(Film director)
Michael Powell
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Birthdate: September 30, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kent, England
Died: February 19, 1990
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Ralph Brown
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Birthdate: June 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, England, UK
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Gary Whitta
(Journalist, Editor, Screenwriter)
Gary Whitta
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Birthdate: July 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Poplar

Best known for his screenplays for The Book of Eli and After Earth, Gary Whitta has also written for games such as Prey and Gears of War. Also known as The Gaz, he was one of the men behind the magazine PC Gamer and once also wrote for the video-game magazine ACE.

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Mark Haddon
(Writer)
Mark Haddon
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Birthdate: September 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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Jimmy Perry
(Screenwriter)
Jimmy Perry
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Birthdate: September 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Barnes
Died: October 23, 2016
 19 
James Bobin
(film director, screenwriter, television director)
James Bobin
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Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Hampshire
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Tony Warren
(Screenwriter, Author, Writer)
Tony Warren
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Birthdate: July 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pendlebury
Died: March 1, 2016
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Andrew Davies
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Birthdate: September 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rhiwbina, Cardiff, Wales

Acclaimed British screenwriter and novelist Andrew Davies is known for his adaptations of novels such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, House of Cards, and Pride and Prejudice. His original screenplays include A Poet In New York. Initially a grammar school teacher, he had later also been an English lecturer.

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Terry Hayes
(Screenwriter, Film producer)
Terry Hayes
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Birthdate: October 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: England
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Jack Rosenthal
(Playwright)
Jack Rosenthal
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Birthdate: September 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: May 29, 2004
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Robin Driscoll
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Birthdate: June 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: England
Michael J. Bassett
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Birthplace: Newport
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Peter Baynham
(Comedian, Screenwriter)
Peter Baynham
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Birthdate: June 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cardiff
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Hugo Blick
(film producer, actor, screenwriter)
Hugo Blick
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom
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Simon Beaufoy
(screenwriter)
Simon Beaufoy
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Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: Keighley
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Deborah Moggach
(Contemporary Novelist)
Deborah Moggach
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Birthdate: June 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Middlesex, England
 30 
Andrew Birkin
(Actor, Screenwriter, Film director)
Andrew Birkin
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Birthdate: December 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chelsea
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Terry Nation
(Screenwriter, Novelist, Science fiction writer)
Terry Nation
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Birthdate: August 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cardiff
Died: March 9, 1997

Welsh novelist and screenwriter Terry Nation was the man behind the Daleks, the monstrous villains of Doctor Who, which he claimed he had modeled on the Nazis. He also created the BBC sci-fi shows Survivors and Blake's 7. He was also Tony Hancock’s scriptwriter for the ITV series Hancock.

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Miles Millar
(screenwriter, film producer)
Miles Millar
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Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom
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Nicholas Briggs
(Explorer, Actor, Voice actor, Composer, Film director, Screenwriter)
Nicholas Briggs
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Birthdate: September 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
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Toby Whithouse
(Actor, Screenwriter & Playwright, Famous for Creating the Supernatural TV Series 'Being Human')
Toby Whithouse
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Birthdate: July 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Southend, Essex, England, United Kingdom
 35 
Barry Took
(Comedian)
Barry Took
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Birthdate: June 19, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wood Green
Died: March 31, 2002
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Johnny Speight
(Former scriptwriter known for Till Death Us Do Part (1965))
Johnny Speight
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Birthdate: June 2, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canning Town, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 5, 1998
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Alan Plater
(Playwright)
Alan Plater
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Birthdate: April 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jarrow, England
Died: June 25, 2010
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Simon Gray
(Playwright)
Simon Gray
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Birthdate: October 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hayling Island, England
Died: August 7, 2008
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Derek Robinson
(Author, Screenwriter)
Derek Robinson
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Birthdate: April 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom