Sean Buckley

Sean recently wrote and directed his first short film POLAR BEAR for Film 4 / Creative England / Inflammable Films, which premiered at the Galway Film Festival. His feature fantasy script ROSE OF DYAPAZON is in development with Film 4 and was part of the 2017 Brit List.

Sean has created a TV series CIRQUE, for Left Bank Pictures / Cirque du Soleil / Sony Pictures.


He has written a television film RESPONSIBLE CHILD, for Nick Holt to direct, for Kudos / 72 Films.


Sean is currently working on his original series THE SALVATION CELL, for Scott Free Films / Channel 4.


He adapted the novel CORPO LIBERO into the screenplay COMPETITION for Cowboy Films / Film 4, which featured on the Brit List 2013. He was also short-listed for the Arts Foundation Screenwriting Fellowship Award that year.


Sean wrote episodes across three series of E4’s BAFTA winning SKINS, including the finale to series five and the season opener, introducing the third generation of characters.


‘Without question the drama highlight of the week. Don’t miss it.’ The Observer.


‘Fierce but tender, painfully accurate but spiked with flashes of  whimsical magic.’ Radio Times.


‘Sean Buckley’s writing was fresh, funny and rather fearless.’ The Times.


His first episode of SKINS was ‘Freddie’ – ‘Head-spinning, tremendously open-hearted… a superb episode.’ Radio Times.


Sean was selected for COMING UP 2009 where he wrote his first screenplay  FOREIGN JOHN. ****Critic’s Choice Time Out. It screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival before being broadcast on Channel 4 later that year.


For Theatre, Sean is currently under commission to the Almieda.  


His play SMITHEREENS was produced by Paines Plough / Rose Bruford at Soho Theatre. It was first commissioned by The Young Vic for their Genesis Director’s Project, where Sean worked with young directors from across the local community in Southwark.


Sean was awarded Pearson Writer-in-Residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company 2007/8. He created a young people’s adaptation of RICHARD III for the Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, as part of the RSC’s Complete Works Festival.  He has also been writer-on-attachment at the National Theatre Studio.


BETWEEN DOG OF WOLF for Paines Plough was directed by Roxanna Silbert and opened at Oran Mor, Glasgow before transferring to Shunt Vaults, London.


‘A searing, expressionistic, fire-cracker of a play.’ ****Metro, ****Evening Herald.


‘The power of Buckley’s writing… he harnesses the thrilling power of theatre.’ ****The Scotsman.


GOD WEAR was written and performed by Sean at Trafalgar Studios 2 for Paines Plough’s LATER, curated by Dennis Kelly.


His first play MATCHES FOR MONKEYS was Joint Winner of the Verity Bargate Award and was produced at Chelsea Theatre, directed by Tessa walker.


‘Heartbreakingly hilarious. Even at it’s funniest, Matches for Monkeys reveals Buckley as a writer who deserves to be taken very seriously.’ The Times.


Sean was awarded BBC Radio Drama Writer-in-residence for his radio debut STONE BABY, which was broadcast on Radio 3’s The Wire in 2005.


‘Startlingly intimate and innovative’ Radio Times, Pick of the week.


‘Extraordinarily good. The combination of beauty and cruelty made this such a powerful piece.’ The Observer.


He has written further plays for RADIO 3 and 4, most recently CREATION, which kicked off a series of contemporary Mystery Plays;


‘My personal favourite, it will melt the coldest of hearts.’ Radio Times.


On graduating from Ecole Jaques Lecoq, with Quiconque Theatre, Sean co-created, scripted and performed in the Edinburgh festival fringe hit, BIG BAD DUVET TERROR.


‘I can’t imagine there’s going to better children’s show on the fringe this year. Take your children into this darkly comic world, and I promise, they will thank you for it.’ *****The Scotsman




Sean was born in Balham, South London and studied drama at Ecole Jaques Lecoq, Paris.

Sean Buckley
is represented by:
Charlotte Knight
+44 20 3397 2901