Rebecca Frayn is a film maker, screen writer and novelist, inspired by contemporary issues. She has directed a wide variety of quirky documentary essays for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV on subjects that range from Tory Wives to the Friern Barnet Mental Asylum and identical twins.
She made her drama debut as a director with Whose Baby? for ITV, a TV drama that tackled father's rights, starring Sophie Okonedo and Andrew Lincoln. And a screenplay she wrote for the BBC, Killing Me Softly explored the true story of Sara Thornton, whose conviction for murder helped bring about a reform of the law on domestic violence. Over the years, she has also written and/or directed a number of films about prominent women of our times, including Leni Riefenstahl, Annie Leibovitz and Nora Ephron. And Her screenplay about Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady, directed by Luc Besson and starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis was awarded the Amnesty International Human Rights Film Award in 2011.
Her first novel, One Life, dealt with the complex emotional and ethical landscape of IVF. Her second novel, Deceptions, is a psychological thriller, inspired by a true story and explores the impact on a family when a child goes missing.
After making a short viral film in 2008 opposing the proposed expansion of London Heathrow Airport, she co-founded We CAN, a group who lobbied the government to take action on climate change in the run up to the 2010 Copenhagen Conference. In 2012 she directed the Green Party’s political broadcast.
She is currently writing a screenplay for the BFI, Miss Behaviour that charts the Miss World demonstrations in 1970 and the birth of feminism. A third novel is apparently in the pipe line.
Rebecca Frayn graduated from the University of Bristol in 1984. She married film producer Andy Harries in July 1992 and they have three children: twin sons, Jack Harries and Finn Harries, and a daughter Emmy. Frayn had to undergo IVF in order to have her daughter, an experience which inspired her novel One Life. Frayn's father is English playwright and novelist Michael Frayn.