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Jessica Swale

Writer, Director
Agent: Helen Mumby


Jessica is an Olivier award winning playwright, film-maker and director. She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and Exeter University.

She was listed in Variety Magazine’s Top Ten Brits to Watch in 2019 for her forthcoming work in film and inducted into BAFTA.

As a playwright, her first play Blue Stockings (Shakespeare’s Globe) won her a nomination for Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright and is now on the GCSE Drama syllabus. Her second play Nell Gwynn (2016) transferred from Shakespeare’s Globe to the West End starring Gemma Arterton and won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. She is currently writing the screenplay for Working Title.

FILM: In 2012 she won a place on BAFTA’s JJ Screenwriting Bursary Scheme, on which she wrote Summerland (writer/director). Produced by BFI and Embankment (£4.5m budget) this was her directorial debut and was released by Lionsgate UK in 2020.

Other Film projects include: Horrible Histories: The Movie (writer) for Altitude/Citrus TV; released July 2019; Nell Gwynn (writer) for Working Title (in development); Persuasion (writer) for Fox Searchlight (in development, dir. Mahalia Belo); Longbourn (writer) for Studio Canal (in development, dir. Sharon Maguire)

TV: Call My Agent (Director, Season 1) for Monumental/Bron; Blue Stockings (as writer, potentially director) for Monumental

Short Films: Leading Lady Parts (writer/director) for Rebel Park/BBC/You Tube (2018) – a short film to support Times Up which went viral with 25 million views in the first month. The Complete Walk (Shakespeare Shorts for Shakespeare’s Globe (Director), 2016: Much Ado About Nothing (Sicily); The Tempest (Bermuda); Twelfth Night (UK)

THEATRE: Plays include All’s Will That Ends Will (Bremen Shakespeare Company); Thomas Tallis (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); The Playhouse Apprentice (for Dulwich College at Shakespeare’s Globe); adaptations of Sense & Sensibility; Far From the Madding Crowd (Watermill); The Secret Garden; Stig of the Dump (Grosvenor Park/Storyhouse); The Jungle Book (UK Tour); The Mission (Arts Ed)

Jessica is an Associate Artist with NGO Youth Bridge Global, author of a best-selling series of drama games books and she is also involved in Times Up UK, actively campaigning for greater equality and diversity across theatre and film.