Born in Dundee, Scotland, I trained as an actor in Edinburgh and spent fifteen years treading the boards in rep, touring productions, pantos and West End musicals. Since turning to writing full time, I’ve become an established and prolific writer on many UK TV series, including SHAUN THE SHEEP and CHOP-SOCKY CHOOKS (Aardman Animation); DENNIS AND GNASHER (BBC/Red Kite); and MY SPY FAMILY (Cartoon Network/Kindle).
More recently, I branched out into writing screenplays, and was subsequently awarded a place on the UK’s Guiding Lights mentoring scheme. During the scheme, I was mentored by Sir Kenneth Branagh on THE WOODCUTTER, a dark, fairytale-themed horror screenplay. The script has since been shortlisted in several screenwriting competitions and was awarded a runner-up place in the horror/thriller category of the Screenplay Festival Competition.
Not long after that, I secured a further place on the Edinburgh Film Festival’s Talent Lab training scheme, during which a superhero comedy pitch of mine won two out of three of the scheme’s pitching awards, including the Audience Choice Award. That project has since gone into development with one of the UK’s most prestigious producers of big budget features, while also attracting script development money from UK arts organisation Creative Scotland. More recently still, the project has also benefited enormously from the attachment of a high-profile, Oscar-winning writer/director as Story Consultant.
Among the projects I’m currently developing are CHARLES DICKENS’S GHOST CLUB―a supernatural action-adventure TV series which took third place in the Screencraft Pilot Launch Competition, as well as a top ten place in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition; and CANNONBALL EXPRESS―a sci-fi TV pilot that has been designed from the ground up as an expandable, franchisable story-world that can spill out into multiple media, as well as spawn numerous spin-offs.