Donna Sharpe is currently working as co-writer adapting Swedish author Thomas Engstrøm’s award-winning espionage novel WEST OF LIBERTY for the screen (6 x 45 for ZDF and SVT, Network Movie Germany and Anagram Produktion Sweden, Executive Producers Bettina Wente, Gunnar Carlsson).
She recently worked as co-writer on international crime/intelligence thriller THE TEAM S2 (8 x 60 for ZDF and DR, Network Movie Germany, Nordisk Film Denmark, Producer Andi Wecker), and is in the writers room for contemporary supernatural drama TEUFELSBERG (6 x 60 for Lupa Film and Atlantique Productions, Executive Producers Felix von Boehm and Jimmy Desmaris, for Arté France and SWR Germany).
Donna also has the following Original Series Commissions in Development: DELIVERANCE: 8 x 45 original contemporary medical series for UFA Fiction, Exec Prod Ulrike Liebfried / THE GARDEN ROOM: 8 x 60 historical espionage drama for Projector Pictures, Exec Prods Polly Cork, Rachel Gesua / THE RESTAURANT: 5 x 45 contemporary drama for Network Movie, Exec Prod Bettina Wente / LOVE, HICK: 8 x 60 historical audio drama series for Amazon/Audible Editor Katja Reister / BEAUTIFUL, INSIDE: single feature film for Lupa Film, Felix von Boehm.
Past Successes: Donna’s first stage play ADAM AND EVA AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN AND HELL was recently workshopped at the National Theatre Studio, London. Prior to writing drama, Donna wrote, directed and produced over a dozen documentary films for the BBC and researched over twenty more, specialising in history, politics and economics. Her series credits include the BAFTA-nominated and National Television Award- winning WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? the EMMY award-winning and BAFTA- nominated PEOPLE’S CENTURY, the BAFTA award-winning TROUBLE AT THE TOP, and THE MAJOR YEARS. Critically acclaimed single docs include SIR MARK THATCHER AND THE DOGS OF WAR (an ill-fated coup-for-oil attempt in West Africa), MURDER MOST ROYAL (the massacre of the Nepalese royals by their own Crown Prince) and MORTGAGED TO THE YANKS (US/UK post-war financial double-dealing). Donna has worked in locations as diverse as Equatorial Guinea, Nepal, South Africa, Argentina, India, Colombia and Iraq, as well as extensively in the USA, particularly in Washington, DC.
Donna holds an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) from the University of East Anglia, and a BA (Hons) in History from University College London. She is also a Guest Lecturer and Mentor on the Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin’s “Serial Eyes” postgraduate programme for European TV Series writers. Donna is based in Berlin and London.