Jeremy Brock is an English screenwriter and director. His career began in 1985 with the play In Times Like These, starring Greta Scacchi and Tim Woodward, which premiered at the Bristol Old Vic. He also adapted Dickens’ Oliver Twist into a play, directed by Phyllida Lloyd at the Bristol Old Vic in 1990.
He went on to co-create, with Paul Unwin, the UK’s most successful long-running drama series, Casualty. This spawned the long-running series, Holby City. His Central Films production, The Widowmaker, directed by John Madden, was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama in 1991. In 1993 the critically acclaimed 15: The Life and Death of Philip Knight – winner of the Television Prix Europa 1994 – was broadcast on primetime ITV, directed by Peter Kosminsky. His six-part, original drama series, Plotlands, screened in 1997 on BBC1.
Jeremy’s first feature film, Mrs Brown, was screened in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of the 1997 Cannes Festival to great acclaim. Directed by John Madden, it was acquired for theatrical release by Miramax. His screenplay earned him the 1998 Evening Standard Best Screenplay Award. The film was further nominated for two Oscars and eight BAFTA awards, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. For her role as Queen Victoria, Judi Dench won the BAFTA Best Actress Award and a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture.
Jeremy’s adaption of Sebastian Faulk’s novel, Charlotte Gray, was released in 2001 for Ecosse Films and Film Four. Directed by Gilliam Armstrong, it starred Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup and Michael Gambon.
In 2005, Jeremy made his directorial debut with Driving Lessons, from his own original screenplay. Starring Julie Walters, Rupert Grint and Laura Linney, it opened the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2006. The film won the Special Jury Prize, the Russian Film Critics award, the Audience Award, and the Best Actress Award at the Moscow International Film Festival.
Jeremy co-wrote the screenplay for The Last King of Scotland, adapted from the novel by Giles Foden. Directed by Kevin MacDonald, it starred James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker and Gillian Anderson. Winner of the 2007 BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best British Film, it also won the BIFA for Best Independent Film 2006.
In 2008 Jeremy’s adaptation of Brideshead Revisited was directed by Julian Jarrold, starring Emma Thompson, Ben Whishaw and Hayley Atwell.
In 2010 his original screenplay, I Am Slave, aired on Channel 4. Directed by Gabriel Range and produced by Andrea Calderwood, it was nominated for a 2011 BAFTA for Best Single Drama. In 2011 Jeremy’s screenplay The Eagle was directed by Kevin Macdonald, starring Channing Tatum. In 2013 Jeremy co-adapted How I Live Now, also directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Saoirse Ronan. His play, The Blackest Black, was performed at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in January 2014, directed by Michael Longhurst.
Jeremy is currently working on a number of projects including his original screenplay, an English version of the Dutch hit-musical Soldier of Orange, a four-part original drama for Mammoth & ITV, and a new single film for the BBC and Big Talk.