|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
Amanda Coe (born 1965) is an English screenwriter and novelist. Coe says her writing often has comic tones and frequently explores issues of class. Childhood is also a common theme in both her novels and screenwriting.
Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story (2008) was Coe's version of the battle between the 'Clean Up' TV campaigner Mary Whitehouse and Hugh Greene, then Director General of the BBC. She won a BAFTA in 2013 for the BBC Four television adaptation of John Braine's Room at the Top. She also wrote the Channel 4 series As If, the BBC 4 feature Margot, and episodes of Shameless, among other credits. Coe has published two novels, the latest, Getting Colder, was published in November 2014 by Hachett UK. Her first novel, What They Do in the Dark, was published in 2011 by Virago. Both novels deal with the messy balance of public and private lives, taking deep looks into families as they deal with life-changing events.
Coe is the screenwriter for BBC's 2015 three-part series on the Bloomsbury Set, Life in Squares, a biopic about the influential group of artists including Virginia Woolf. The series received positive reviews for risk-taking approach to a period drama. In addition to her original work as a writer, she serves as a screenwriting associate at the National Film and Television School.
- Anita Sethi, Amanda Coe: ‘The older I get, the more confident I am about exploring class in my writing’, The Guardian, 23 November 2014.
- Carrie O'Grady, What They Do in the Dark by Amanda Coe – review, The Guardian, 29 July 2011.
- Amanda Coe Biography, United Agents
- India Ross, ‘Getting Colder’, by Amanda Coe, Financial Times, 14 November 2014.
- Lucy Scholes, Getting Colder, Amanda Coe, review: The fake story spun and the real story unfolding, The Independent, 2 November 2014.
- Antonia Molloy, New BBC drama Life in Squares to track lives of Bloomsbury Set, The Independent, 18 August 2014.
- Holly Williams, Life in Squares: The BBC’s new drama about the Bloomsbury group may be risqué - but does it go far enough?, The Independent, 25 July 2015.