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Kevin Clarke

Playwright, Radio/tv/screenwriter

Kevin Clarke wrote and directed his first play The Jackpot at the Finborough; as a result of its success he was invited to join the first ever BBC Television writers’ training course and commissioned to write for Casualty. His subsequent theatre play Transatlantic, written with Josh Goldstein, ran for three months at the Dramatis Personae Theater in New York, and his third Charity’s Child played at the Riverside Studios. His original comedy screenplay Albert and the Lion was networked by ITV.

Kevin has written more than 150 episodes of television drama, including scripts for Minder, Doctor Who, Wish Me Luck, Wycliffe, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and The Last Detective. He was a principal writer on The Bill for five years. He has now completed his first feature-film script Faithfull, drawn from the life of rock survivor Marianne Faithfull.

Kevin grew up in Birkenhead, Merseyside, and left school at 16. Later he studied drama at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds, and taught drama in a London comprehensive school for five years, learning to write plays in the evenings and weekends. To give himself more time to write he left teaching and worked as a script reader for the National, the RSC, Royal Court, and other theatres. He gained an Open University degree in history and read history as a postgraduate at Oxford; he is now working on a further masters’ degree in Renaissance studies. He lives in Sussex.

Kevin Clarke


University of Sussex 2014-16
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