Carly Wray

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Carly Wray
Carly Wray

Arlington, Texas
ResidenceLos Angeles, CA, U.S.
OccupationTelevision writer, producer
Years active2012–present
Notable work
Mad Men, The Leftovers

Carly Ann Wray is an American television writer and producer. She is known for her writing on the AMC drama Mad Men and The Leftovers on HBO. She won a Writers Guild of America Award for Dramatic Series for Mad Men in 2016, and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series along with the producing staff of Westworld in 2018.

Professional career[edit]

A graduate of Reed College and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Wray started her career in television as a writer's assistant on Mad Men in 2012.[1] Promoted to staff writer after a year, Wray co-wrote her first script, "In Care Of",[2] with Matthew Weiner, before going on to write two additional episodes in the show's final seasons, "Waterloo" and "The Milk and Honey Route".[3]

After her work on Mad Men, Wray joined the staff of the first season of Constantine, a David Goyer production for NBC, based on the long-running Hellblazer comic. Freelance film and television critic Logan Dalton praised Wray's writing in the mid-season finale, saying that she "connect[ed] many of the dots for the 'Rising Darkness' and end[ed] the episode on a note that will make viewers want to tune in when the show returns".[4][5]

Wray returned to cable after Constantine's cancellation, writing episodes of Kurt Sutter's The Bastard Executioner for FX, and the David Fincher series Mindhunter, a Netflix drama based on the works of legendary FBI profiler John Douglas. She then became a co-producer on the third and final season of The Leftovers[6] and a producer on the second season of Westworld on HBO.

On May 4, 2017, HBO announced that Wray is one of four writers working on a potential pilot for a Game of Thrones spin-off. In addition to Wray, Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, and Brian Helgeland are also working on potential pilots.[7] Wray has been working and communicating with George R. R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of novels upon which the original series is based.[8] Upon the announcement, Indiewire critic Ben Travers praised the idea of Wray as a writer for the ongoing adaptations: "Wray can nudge the franchise in a new direction, since Game of Thrones has been a boys' club for most of its journey thus far. Bringing in a female perspective is a great idea, especially with so many female characters to explore in a spin-off — and especially with a candidate like Wray readying a script."[9] Current Game of Thrones showrunners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff would also be executive producers for whichever project is picked up by HBO.[8][10]

In 2018, Wray sold a feature film script based on the New York Times article "The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California's Wildfires" by Jamie Lowe, with Margot Robbie's Lucky Chap producing.[11] She also began work on You Know You Want This, an anthology series based on Kristen Roupenian's short stories, for HBO.[12]

Wray is currently Co-Executive Producer on Damon Lindelof's upcoming Watchmen adaptation.



Year TV series Credit/Role Notes Ref.
2012–2015 Mad Men Staff writer Episodes: "In Care Of", "Waterloo", "The Milk and Honey Route"
Writers Guild of America Award for Dramatic Series (2016)[13]
Nominated — Writers Guild of America Award for Dramatic Series (2014-2015)[14][15]
Nominated — Gold Derby Award for Best Drama Episode of the Year (2014)[16]
2014 Constantine Writer Episode: "The Saint of Last Resorts: Part One" [17]
2015 The Bastard Executioner Writer Episode: "Behold the Lamb / Gweled yr Oen" [8]
2017 The Leftovers Writer/Co-producer Episode: "Certified" [17]
2017 Mindhunter Writer Episode: "Episode 9" [18]
2018 Westworld Writer/Producer Episode: "Reunion", "Phase Space", "Kiksuya"

Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (2018)[19]

2018 Watchmen Writer/Co-Executive Producer


Year Title Credit/Role Notes Ref.
2018 Untitled Incarcerated Firefighter Project Writer Producers: Lucky Chap / Automatik; Based on the New York Times Magazine article "The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California's Wildfires" by Jaime Lowe [21]
2018 Barbed Wire Heart Writer Warner Brothers / Rideback / Lucky Chap; Based on the book by Tess Sharpe [22]

Personal life[edit]

She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, California.[23]


  1. ^ "Meet Mad Men's 5 woman writers". Fortune. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (May 4, 2017). "'Mad Men' Finale: Both Sides Now". Variety. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "5 of the 11 writers on "Mad Men" were women". Women in the World in Association with The New York Times - WITW. May 28, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Dalton, Logan (December 24, 2014). "Constantine, Ep. 1.08, "The Saint of Last Resorts" is a dark, atmospheric midseason finale". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Terri (May 5, 2017). "Meet the Writers HBO Has Tapped for Game of Thrones Spinoffs". IGN. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Leftovers Season 3 Premiere Date & Final Episode Details Announced". March 24, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Holloway, Daniel (May 4, 2017). "'Game of Thrones' Spinoffs in the Works at HBO". Variety. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c Goldberg, Lesley (May 4, 2017). "'Game of Thrones': HBO Exploring Four Different Follow-Up Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Travers, Ben. "Game of Thrones Spinoffs: Four Options, One Winner — It's Obvious | IndieWire". Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  10. ^ Blistein, Jon (May 4, 2017). "HBO Preps 'Game of Thrones' Spin-Off Series With George R.R. Martin". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  11. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (June 4, 2018). "Margot Robbie's LuckyChap & Automatik To Produce True Tale 'Firefighters'; 'Westworld's Carly Wray To Script". Deadline. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (May 30, 2018). "HBO Developing 'You Know You Want This' Anthology Series About Gender, Sex & Power From 'The Leftovers' Duo". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (February 13, 2016). "WGA Honors 'Big Short,' 'Spotlight,' 'Mad Men' at 68th Awards". Variety. Archived from the original on May 3, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  14. ^ "WGA Announces TV Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. December 6, 2012. Archived from the original on December 6, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  15. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 4, 2014). "Writers Guild TV Nominations: 'True Detective' & 'Louie' Lead Way, Amazon Breaks Through With 'Transparent'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  16. ^ Montgomery, Daniel (August 20, 2014). "'Orange is the New Black,' 'Breaking Bad' sweep Gold Derby TV Awards". Gold Derby. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  17. ^ a b Travers, Ben (May 4, 2017). "'Game of Thrones' Spin-Offs: Of the Four Options, There's Already an Obvious Winner". IndieWire. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  18. ^ Chitwood, Adam (October 16, 2017). "Just How Involved Was David Fincher in Netflix's 'Mindhunter'?". Collider. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  19. ^ "Westworld". Television Academy. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  20. ^ Hibberd, James (April 30, 2018). "Westworld releases cryptic season 2 episode titles and descriptions". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  21. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (June 4, 2018). "Margot Robbie's LuckyChap & Automatik To Produce True Tale 'Firefighters'; 'Westworld's Carly Wray To Script". Deadline. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  22. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 14, 2018). "Margot Robbie's Luckychap & Dan Lin's Rideback Team For 'Barbed Wire Heart' At Warner Bros". Deadline. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  23. ^ Meslow, Scott (May 14, 2017). "Why There'll Never Be Another Mad Men". Fortune. Retrieved May 5, 2017.

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