Margaret Nagle

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Margaret Nagle
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WGA Award Winner
Occupation screenwriter, television producer
Notable awards Writers Guild of America Award

Margaret Nagle (b. January 12, 1969) is a screenwriter and television producer. She has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and won two Writers Guild of America Awards. Her first script, HBO's Warm Springs received a record-breaking 16 Emmy nominations and won five Emmys in 2005, including the Award for Best Television Movie. It also won the 2006 Writers Guild of America Award for Long Form Original Screenplay.


A former actress, Nagle appeared in the cult-hit My So-Called Life as the beleaguered biology teacher Ms. Chavatal. Bruce Weber in his New York Times review of the show wrote, "Watch out for the faculty members, each astutely idiosyncratic. I especially liked the hopelessly perky science teacher, played by Margaret Nagle, whose style is to lead the class to answers they have no interest in giving: "An experiment must test a what? A hypothesis. And a hypothesis consists of several . . . ? Anybody?"[1]

Nagle's movie Warm Springs about FDR's dealing with polio was a critical success for HBO. It won the Emmy for Best Movie in 2006.

Nagle wrote two episodes for Season One of HBO's Boardwalk Empire: "Broadway Limited"[2] and "Anastasia". She was a supervising producer on season one and season two of the show.

Nagle's other work includes the Lifetime show Side Order of Life in 2007. She also wrote a CBS 2009 television pilot, The Eastmans, a medical show centered around a complicated family of doctors.[citation needed]

Nagle wrote the script for The Good Lie, a movie about the Lost Boys of Sudan, starring Reese Witherspoon as an American woman who takes in four refugees. It was released in 2014 by Warner Brothers.[3]

In 2010, Nagle was selected by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to be a member of the first Imagine/Reliance Writers Lab, a group of screenwriters paid to generate scripts.[4]

Nagle's script for The Goree Girls is being produced in 2014 by Bron, Kristin Hahn and Jennifer Aniston. Based on a Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth about the first all female country western band that was started in a Texas prison.[5]

Currently Nagle is developing a pilot she will exec produce for Viola Davis at HBO with Dee Rees to write and direct. She is also developing for American television The Red Band Society for Fox with Amblin TV based on the Catalan TV series of the same name (Polseres vermelles).[6] Nagle created 8 new characters along with keeping several and wrote the pilot. She will executive produce.


Nagle is named after her great aunt, the modern dance pioneer Margaret Newell H'Doubler, Nagle's matriarchal lineage reaches back to the House of Plantagenet.[citation needed]


  • Won Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Show 2011 for Boardwalk Empire.
  • Won the Television Academy Honors 2007 award for One hour Series writing/producing for "Side Order of Life"along with Dick Wolf for "Law and Order" and David Kelley for "Boston Legal."
  • Won the Writers Guild Award for Best Original Television Movie 2006 for Warm Springs.
  • Nominated for the Emmy Award for Best One Hour Series for Television 2011 for Boardwalk Empire.
  • Nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Writing of a Television Movie 2005 for Warm Springs.
  • Nominated for the Humanitas Award in 2006 for Warm Springs.
  • Nominated for the Pen Award 2006 for Best TV movie for Warm Springs.


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ HBO. "Boardwalk Empire episode "Broadway Limited" synopsis". Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Reese Witherspoon in Talks to Star in Lost Boys of Sudan Film", The Wrap. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  4. ^ Mike Fleming, Jr., "Imagine And Reliance Launch Writers Lab", Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Texas Monthly
  6. ^ Variety

See also[edit]

Margaret Nagle at the Internet Movie Database