British Women Playwrights

Throughout history, there have been many British women playwrights who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female playwrights such as Doris Lessing, Frances Burney, Caryl Churchill, Dorothy L. Sayers, Frances Hodgson Burnett.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Zoe Kazan

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 2 Sophie Hunter

Sophie Hunter.
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Famous As: Theatre Director
Birthdate: March 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London

Sophie Hunter is an English playwright, opera director, and former performer. She is credited with co-founding and popularizing a theatre company called Boileroom, which was honored with the Samuel Theatre Trust Award in 2007 for its play The Terrific Electric, which marked Sophie Hunter's directorial debut.

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 3 Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier.
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Famous As: Novelist & playwright
Birthdate: May 13, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 19, 1989

Daphne du Maurier was an English playwright and author. Many of her works, which have been praised for narrative craft, have been adapted into films, including three of Alfred Hitchcock's movies. Such was her popularity that she was selected along with four other Women of Achievement to be featured on a set of British stamps, which were issued in 1996.

 4 Lashana Lynch

Lashana Lynch.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Lashana Lynch is best known for her roles of Rosaline Capulet in the series Still Star-Crossed and Maria Rambeau in the film Captain Marvel. She received the Laurence Olivier bursary in drama school. Lynch will be seen as Nomi in the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die
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 5 Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn.
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: July 10, 1640
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Canterbury, England
Died: April 16, 1689

 6 Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing.
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Famous As: Novelist, Short Story Writer
Birthdate: October 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kermanshah
Died: November 17, 2013

 7 Sarah Kane

Sarah Kane
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Famous As: Playwright, Writer
Birthdate: February 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brentwood
Died: February 20, 1999
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 8 Sarah Solemani

Sarah Solemani
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Camden, London, England

 9 Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill.
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Famous As: Dramatist, Women's Rights Activist
Birthdate: September 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, 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 Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Witham, Essex, England
Died: December 17, 1957

 12 Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett.
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 24, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheetham, Manchester, England
Died: October 29, 1924

 13 Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson
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Famous As: Writer, Playwright, Author, Children's writer
Birthdate: September 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greater London

 14 Sally Wainwright

Sally Wainwright
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Famous As: television producer, screenwriter, playwright
Birthdate: 1963 AD
Birthplace: Halifax

 15 Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: York, England

 16 Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 17 Sharman Macdonald

Sharman Macdonald
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Famous As: Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glasgow

 18 Sue Townsend

Sue Townsend
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leicester, England
Died: April 10, 2014

 19 Laura Wade

Laura Wade
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bedford

 20 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

 21 Katharine Viner

Katharine Viner
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England

 22 Caroline Graham

Caroline Graham
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: July 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nuneaton

 23 Josephine Tey

Josephine Tey
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Famous As: Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter, Biographer
Birthdate: July 25, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Inverness
Died: February 13, 1952

Elizabeth Mackintosh, better known by her pseudonym, Josephine Tey, was a physical education teacher before becoming a full-time author. She first tasted success with The Man in the Queue, a detective novel written as Gordon Daviot. Her work A Shilling for Candles was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock.

 24 Frances Burney

Frances Burney.
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 13, 1752
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lynn Regis, England
Died: January 6, 1840

 25 Judy Campbell

Judy Campbell
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Famous As: Actor, Playwright
Birthdate: May 31, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grantham
Died: June 6, 2004

 26 Susannah Doyle

Susannah Doyle
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames

 27 Hannah More

Hannah More
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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Essayist
Birthdate: February 2, 1745
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fishponds
Died: September 7, 1833

English religious author Hannah More soared to literary fame with the release of Village Politics, penned under the pseudonym Will Chip. Its popularity made her write an entire series of tracts that educated the poor. She also established clubs and schools, apart from opposing slavery along with the Clapham Sect.

 28 Mina Loy

Mina Loy
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 25, 1966

 29 Felicia Hemans

Felicia Hemans
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 25, 1793
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: May 16, 1835

 30 Eliza Haywood

Eliza Haywood
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Famous As: British author
Birthdate: 1693 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: February 25, 1756
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 31 Enid Bagnold

Enid Bagnold
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 27, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rochester, England
Died: March 31, 1981

 32 Katherine Philips

Katherine Philips
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 1, 1632
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 22, 1664

 33 Brigid Brophy

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ealing, London, England
Died: August 7, 1995

Author, feminist, and social activist Brigid Brophy mostly dealt with themes such as sexual liberation in her works. One of the first to demand legalization of gay marriage in England, she was also against imposing monogamy. Her Fifty Works of English and American Literature We Could Do Without created furore.

 34 Mary Russell Mitford

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 16, 1787
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Alresford, England
Died: January 10, 1855

 35 Charlotte Lennox

Charlotte Lennox
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1730 AD
Birthplace: Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Died: January 4, 1804

 36 Susanna Rowson

Susanna Rowson
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1762 AD
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Died: March 2, 1824

 37 Pamela Hansford Johnson

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 19, 1981

 38 Elizabeth Inchbald

Elizabeth Inchbald
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 15, 1753
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suffolk, England
Died: August 1, 1821

 39 Delarivier Manley

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1663 AD
Birthplace: Jersey, Channel Islands
Died: July 11, 1724

 40 Elaine Feinstein

Elaine Feinstein
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bootle, England
Died: September 23, 2019

 41 Pam Gems

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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: August 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bransgore, England
Died: May 13, 2011

 42 Kitty Clive

Kitty Clive
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 5, 1711
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 6, 1785

 43 Jan Mark

Jan Mark
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, England
Died: January 16, 2006

 44 Elsie Fogerty

Elsie Fogerty
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: December 16, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydenham, London, England
Died: July 4, 1945

 45 Anne Ridler

Anne Ridler
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rugby, England
Died: October 15, 2001

 46 Julia Jones

Julia Jones
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Derby, Liverpool, England, UK
Died: October 9, 2015

 47 Maria Theresa Kemble

Maria Theresa Kemble
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1774
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 3, 1838

 48 Rebecca Humphries

Rebecca Humphries.
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Famous As: Actress, Playwright
Birthdate: October 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norwich

 49 Lucy Prebble

Lucy Prebble
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Haslemere, England