David Wolstencroft

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David Wolstencroft
Born (1969-07-16) 16 July 1969 (age 50)[1]
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Alma materEmmanuel College, Cambridge

David Wolstencroft (born 16 July 1969), is an American-born British screenwriter and author. He is best known as creator of the BAFTA award-winning TV spy drama Spooks and its spin-off series, Spooks: Code 9.

Early life[edit]

Wolstencroft was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States in 1969 and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, studying at George Watson's College, later going on to read history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, he was active in the Footlights where he collaborated with Mark Evans, Sue Perkins, Andy Parsons, Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller, and had served as Footlight's vice-president and revue director.[2]


Wolstencroft won the Royal Television Society's Network Newcomer award after producing his first drama, Psychos, for Channel 4 in 1999. He then began working on Spooks. The pilot episode was watched by over 9 million people (a 41% share) and the series won a number of BAFTA awards and nominations.[3]

More recently, he has written, created and executive produced The Escape Artist for BBC One and Versailles for Canal+ with fellow Spooks scribe and ex-Criminal Minds producer and writer Simon Mirren.[4] Wolstencroft also wrote the screenplay for the film Shooting Dogs.[5] He is also the author of two espionage thriller novels: Good News, Bad News and Contact Zero, which was nominated for the Ian Fleming Silver Dagger.


  1. ^ IMDb: David Wolstencroft Biography Linked 2016-06-02
  2. ^ "Footlights Alumni: 1990-1999". Cambridge Footlights Official Website. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "BBC - Versailles - Creators' introduction - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Curtis Brown". www.curtisbrown.co.uk. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  5. ^ IMDb: David Wolstencroft Relinked 2016-06-02

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