Ben Schiffer

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Ben Schiffer is a screenwriter and playwright. He was cited as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow in 2009 and his screenplay Cheerleaders 3D came second in the 2010 Brit List with 8 Votes.

Early life and education[edit]

Schiffer was born 12 July 1983 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the second son of American emigrants. He moved to London at the age of two. He attended University College School before moving to Dublin, Ireland to read English and History at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with a First-Class Honours B.A. in 2006.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to actress Emily Taaffe


Ben Schiffer is represented in London by Josh Varney of 42 MP and in Los Angeles by William Morris Endeavor.

Television work[edit]

He is best known for his work on the UK teen drama Skins, writing a total of five episodes for the first four series. In 2013 he wrote on and was a co-executive producer of Dates (TV series) created by Bryan Elsley for Channel 4. He also wrote one episode of Spooks: Code 9 for Kudos (production company)/BBC Three. His pilot Goths, co-written with Jack Thorne was produced by Shine Media. His previous comedy pilot Not Safe For Work won an RTS Student Award in 2010. His first commission, whilst still at University, was the short film Hot Or Not, broadcast on BBC One in 2006.


Schiffer wrote his first play, Paper Tigers, whilst still at university; the play ran to sell-out crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe. His recent theatre work includes His Ghostly Heart and 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, both commissioned by and performed at The Bush Theatre as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ben has been on the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers Scheme and has had his previous plays performed in London, Dublin, Edinburgh and the Latitude Festival.

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