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.

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 1 
Zoe Kazan
(Actress)

Zoe Kazan
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Birthdate: September 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 2 
Sophie Hunter
(Theatre Director)

Sophie Hunter
5
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.

 3 
Michaela Coel
(Actress)

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

 4 

Daphne du Maurier
5
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.

 5 
Aphra Behn
(Playwright)

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

 6 

Carol Ann Duffy
4
Birthdate: December 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

 7 

Sarah Solemani
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Birthdate: September 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Camden, London, England
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 8 

Amelia Bullmore
4
Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom

Frances Hodgson Burnett
4
Birthdate: November 24, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheetham, Manchester, England
Died: October 29, 1924

 10 
Sarah Kane
(Playwright, Writer)

Sarah Kane
4
Birthdate: February 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brentwood
Died: February 20, 1999

 11 
Dorothy L. Sayers
(English crime writer and poet.)

Dorothy L. Sayers
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Birthdate: June 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: December 17, 1957

 12 
Caryl Churchill
(Dramatist, Women's Rights Activist)

Caryl Churchill
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Birthdate: September 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

 13 
Julia Donaldson
(Writer, Playwright, Author, Children's writer)

Julia Donaldson
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Birthdate: September 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England

 14 
Kate Atkinson
(Novelist)

Kate Atkinson
3
Birthdate: December 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: York, England

 15 
Sharman Macdonald
(Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter)

Sharman Macdonald
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Birthdate: February 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glasgow

 16 
Lucy Prebble
(Playwright)

Lucy Prebble
3
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Haslemere, England

 17 
Katharine Viner
(Journalist)

Katharine Viner
3
Birthdate: January 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England

 18 
Laura Wade
(Writer)

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

 19 

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

 20 
Sue Townsend
(Writer)

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

Best known for creating the protagonist Adrian Mole, Sue Townsend was a legendary comic writer from Britain. Apart from the Adrian Mole series, she had also penned other novels and plays. A chain-smoker as a teenager, she had her first marriage at 18 and was a mother of three by 22.

 21 
Caroline Graham
(Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer)

Caroline Graham
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Birthdate: July 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nuneaton

 22 
Judy Campbell
(Actor, Playwright)

Judy Campbell
3
Birthdate: May 31, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grantham
Died: June 6, 2004

 23 
Susannah Doyle
(Actor, Film actor)

Susannah Doyle
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Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames

 24 
Hannah More
(Writer, Poet, Essayist)

Hannah More
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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.

 25 
Mina Loy
(Poet)

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

 26 

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

 27 
Eliza Haywood
(British author)

Eliza Haywood
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Birthdate: 1693 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: February 25, 1756

 28 
Enid Bagnold
(Author)

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

 29 

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

 30 
Brigid Brophy
(Novelist)

Brigid Brophy
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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.

 31 

Mary Russell Mitford
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Birthdate: December 16, 1787
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Alresford, England
Died: January 10, 1855

 32 

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

 33 
Margaret Kennedy
(Novelist & Playwright)

Margaret Kennedy
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Birthdate: April 23, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hyde Park Gate, London, England
Died: July 31, 1967

 34 
Susanna Rowson
(Novelist)

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

 35 

Pamela Hansford Johnson
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Birthdate: May 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 19, 1981

 36 

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

 37 

Delarivier Manley
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Birthdate: 1663 AD
Birthplace: Jersey, Channel Islands
Died: July 11, 1724

 38 

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

 39 
Pam Gems
(Playwright)

Pam Gems
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Birthdate: August 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bransgore, England
Died: May 13, 2011

 40 
Kitty Clive
(Actress)

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

 41 
Elsie Fogerty
(Teacher)

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

 42 
Jan Mark
(Writer)

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

 43 

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

 44 
Julia Jones
(Actress)

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

 45 

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

 46 
Rebecca Humphries
(Actress, Playwright)

Rebecca Humphries
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Birthdate: October 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norwich