Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Coronation Street writer profile: Martyn Hesford

A new Coronation Street writer has joined the ranks with Martyn Hesford penning his first Corrie episode which aired on Wednesday July 25th 2012 at 7.30pm.

Martyn has actually acted in Coronation Street! Back in 1979 he played a character called Harvey Stone.

After starting his career as an actor, Martyn turned to screenwriting and penned a number of highly acclaimed BBC award winning single dramas such as A SMALL MOURNING, winner of Radio Times Drama Award, starring Alison Steadman, BRAZEN HUSSIES starring Julie Walters and Robert Lindsay, and A LITTLE BIT OF LIPPY starring Kenneth Cranham.

As well as working on original pieces, Martyn has a particular specialisation in adaptations. NICHOLAS NICKLEBY starring Charles Dance, Pam Ferris and Tom Hollander, ITV 1 (Company Pictures). DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE starring John Hannah and David Warner, Sky Movies (Clerkenwell Films/Working Title/Universal Pictures). THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP starring Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones, Zoe Wannamaker, Gina McKee and Martin Freeman, ITV 1 (Carnival Pictures).

In 2007 Martyn’s drama, FANTABULOSA! starring Michael Sheen, which chronicles the life of much adored English comedian and actor, Kenneth Williams was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Single Drama.

His current projects include DANNY LA RUE, a film about the legendary female impersonator, for Leopard Films and SOMEWHERE CLOSE ALWAYS, a play for the theatre, workshopped at Hampstead Theatre and in development with Abbey Wright (assistant director to Danny Boyle at the National Theatre).

Sources: The writers company

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