Famous British Screenplay Writers

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 1 John Cleese

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Famous As: Actor & Comedian
Birthdate: October 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England,
Before stepping into sketch comedy with Monty Python's Flying Circus, John Cleese wrote scripts for Broadway and West End shows. A Cambridge law graduate, John has had a species of lemurs named after him, owing to his love for the animal. His dark humor is part of his signature style.

 2 Roald Dahl

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales
Died: November 23, 1990

British writer, Roald Dahl, is considered as one of the greatest children’s authors. He is one of the best-selling authors of all-time and had a career spanning decades. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, The Twits and Matilda are some of his classic works. He also wrote short stories and novels meant for adults.

 3 Caroline Aherne

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Famous As: Comedian
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. 

 4 Janet McTeer

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne ,England
Janet McTeer soared to fame with her Tony-, Drama Desk-, and Olivier Award-winning performance as Nora in the play A Doll's House. Fans also loved her Academy Award-nominated performances as Mary Jo Walker in Tumbleweeds and Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs, and her Emmy-nominated role in Into the Storm.

 5 Russell T Davies

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Famous As: Screenwriter, Television producer, Science fiction writer
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.

 6 Martha Fiennes

Martha Fiennes
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Famous As: actor, screenwriter, writer
Birthdate: February 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Suffolk

 7 Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby.
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Famous As: Author & Editor
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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 8 Gary Delaney

Gary Delaney
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: April 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Solihull

 9 Jesse Armstrong

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Oswestry, England

 10 Amelia Bullmore

Amelia Bullmore.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom

 11 Chris Chibnall

Chris Chibnall
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom

 12 Craig Cash

Craig Cash
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: September 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester

 13 Jeremy Lloyd

Jeremy Lloyd
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Danbury, England
Died: December 23, 2014

 14 Ralph Brown

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, England, UK

 15 Lise Mayer

Lise Mayer
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Famous As: screenwriter
Birthdate: November 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago

 16 David Croft

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Famous As: playwright, television director, composer, screenwriter
Birthdate: September 7, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, England
Died: September 27, 2011

 17 Paul Abbott

Paul Abbott
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Famous As: Television producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Burnley

 18 Bruce Lansbury

Bruce Lansbury
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Famous As: Television presenter, Screenwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: February 13, 2017

 19 Michael Powell

Michael Powell
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: September 30, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kent, England
Died: February 19, 1990

 20 Jimmy Perry

Jimmy Perry
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Barnes
Died: October 23, 2016

 21 Ash Baron-Cohen

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Famous As: film director, screenwriter, film editor
Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: London

 22 Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Northampton, England, United Kingdom

 23 Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rhiwbina, Cardiff, Wales

 24 Tony Warren

Tony Warren
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Author, Writer
Birthdate: July 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pendlebury
Died: March 1, 2016

 25 James Bobin

James Bobin
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Famous As: film director, screenwriter, television director
Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Hampshire

 26 Gary Whitta

Gary Whitta
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Famous As: Journalist, Editor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Poplar

 27 Terry Hayes

Terry Hayes
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: October 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: England

 28 Jack Rosenthal

Jack Rosenthal
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: September 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: May 29, 2004

 29 Robin Driscoll

Robin Driscoll
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: England

 30 Dan Mazer

Dan Mazer
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Famous As: screenwriter, film producer, television director, comedian
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: London

 31 Hugo Blick

Hugo Blick
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Famous As: film producer, actor, screenwriter
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom

 32 Simon Beaufoy

Simon Beaufoy
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Famous As: screenwriter
Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: Keighley

 33 Michael J. Bassett

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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Newport

 34 Terry Nation

Terry Nation
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Novelist, Science fiction writer
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.

 35 Peter Baynham

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Famous As: Comedian, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cardiff

 36 Andrew Birkin

Andrew Birkin
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter, Film director
Birthdate: December 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chelsea

 37 Miles Millar

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Famous As: screenwriter, film producer
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom

 38 Barry Took

Barry Took
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 19, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wood Green
Died: March 31, 2002

 39 Nicholas Briggs

Nicholas Briggs
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Famous As: Explorer, Actor, Voice actor, Composer, Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

 40 Toby Whithouse

Toby Whithouse
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 41 Johnny Speight

Johnny Speight
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 2, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Greater London
Died: July 5, 1998

 42 Peter Straughan

Peter Straughan
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Famous As: screenwriter, writer, playwright
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Gateshead

 43 Simon Gray

Simon Gray
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: October 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hayling Island, England
Died: August 7, 2008

 44 Matt Charman

Matt Charman
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Playwright
Birthdate: June 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Crawley

 45 Alan Plater

Alan Plater
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: April 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jarrow, England
Died: June 25, 2010

 46 Derek Robinson

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Famous As: Author, Screenwriter
Birthdate: April 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom

 47 Alexander Fiske-Harrison

Alexander Fiske-Harrison
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England