Abigail Tarttelin

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Abigail Tarttelin
Born 13 October 1987 (1987-10-13) (age 29)
Grimsby, Humberside, England
Occupation Author

Abigail Jane Kathryn Tarttelin (born 13 October 1987) is an English novelist who began her career as an actress. Her second book, Golden Boy, was described as a "dazzling debut" by Oprah's Book Club.[1] Published in 2013, the book has rapidly been translated into numerous languages.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Tarttelin was born in Grimsby, Humberside. Her paternal grandfather is artist David Tarttelin. At the age of 16, she trained with the National Youth Theatre and the New York Film Academy school in France, acting in over 20 short films.[5] Of these films, La Geode by New York artist Theresa Hong appeared in the Official Selection of the New York Short Film Festival, the LA Shorts Fest, and Strasbourg Film Festival.[6][7]

Career[edit]

In her first acting role Tarttelin played Fenella in The Butterfly Tattoo.[7] The following year she took the starring role in independent sci-fi Schrodinger's Girl[8] (now titled Triple Hit)[9] in which she played three versions of the same woman in parallel worlds.[10] The film premiered in 2009 at the San Diego Comic-Con International. She attended Comic-Con and Cannes Film Festival with The Butterfly Tattoo and Triple Hit, and in 2009 became one of only two actresses to make it into Moviescope magazine's "ones to watch" selection of British artists working in independent film.[11][12][13][14] She has also written for the blog Women & Hollywood[15] and as a screenwriter for Academy Award shortlisted[16] filmmaker Chris Jones.[17] She also appeared in the film Three Stags, directed by Mark Locke, and bilingual thriller Taxi Rider in 2010.[18]

Tarttelin's debut novel, Flick, was released in April 2011. In 2013, she published her novel Golden Boy, about an intersex teenager. The book has been well received, and film rights are in discussion.[19][20][21][22][23]

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