David Nicholls

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David Nicholls studied English Literature and Drama at the University of Bristol. Originally pursuing a career as an actor (appearing in plays at Battersea Arts Centre, the Finborough, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep), he later began to write, developing an adaptation of Sam Shepard’s stage-play Simpatico with the director Matthew Warchus. He also wrote his first original script, a situation comedy about frustrated waiters, Waiting, which was later optioned by the BBC.

Simpatico was turned into a feature film in 1999, allowing David to start writing full time. His first TV production, I Saw You, won best single play at the annual BANFF television festival, and he followed this with four episodes of Cold Feet. He continues to write for TV and film, with recent credits including Shakespeare Retold: Much Ado About Nothing (2004) and an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’urbevilles (2008).

David has written three novels, Starter for Ten, The Understudy and One Day, which was the bestselling book in the UK in 2011. Starter for Ten was made into a film starring James MacAvoy and Rebecca Hall, and in 2011 the film of One Day was released, directed by Lone Scherfig and starring Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Romola Garai, Rafe Spall, Jodie Whittaker, Ken Stott and Patricia Clarkson.

At present, David is writing his fourth novel, as well as working on a feature-film version of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. He lives in North London with his partner Hannah and their two children.

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