Famous British Screenplay Writers

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 1 Martin McDonagh

Martin McDonagh
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Famous As: Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker
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.

 2 Caroline Aherne

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. 

 3 Russell T Davies

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.

 4 Jesse Armstrong

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

 5 Gary Delaney

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

 6 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.

 7 Amelia Bullmore

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

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

 9 Craig Cash

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

 10 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

 11 Lise Mayer

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

 12 Paul Abbott

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

 13 David Croft

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

 14 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

 15 Ralph Brown

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

 16 Jimmy Perry

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

 17 Mary Hayley Bell

Mary Hayley Bell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 22, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: December 1, 2005

 18 Mark Haddon

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

 19 Gary Whitta

Gary Whitta
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Famous As: Journalist, Editor, Screenwriter
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.

 20 James Bobin

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

 21 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

 22 Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 23 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

 24 Terry Hayes

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

 25 Robin Driscoll

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

 26 Dan Mazer

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

 27 Peter Baynham

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

 28 Michael J. Bassett

Michael J. Bassett
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Newport

 29 Hugo Blick

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

 30 Simon Beaufoy

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

 31 Deborah Moggach

Deborah Moggach
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Famous As: Contemporary Novelist
Birthdate: June 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Middlesex, England

 32 Andrew Birkin

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

 33 Miles Millar

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

 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 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

 36 Toby Whithouse

Toby Whithouse
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter & Playwright, Famous for Creating the Supernatural TV Series 'Being Human'
Birthdate: July 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Southend, Essex, England, United Kingdom

 37 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

 38 Johnny Speight

Johnny Speight
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Famous As: Former scriptwriter known for Till Death Us Do Part (1965)
Birthdate: June 2, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canning Town, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 5, 1998

 39 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

 40 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

 41 Derek Robinson

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

 42 Alexander Fiske-Harrison

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