Jack Thorne

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Jack Thorne
Born (1978-12-06) 6 December 1978 (age 38)
Bristol, England, UK
Occupation Playwright, screenwriter
Nationality British
Period 2005–present
Notable awards
  • 2009 Best British Newcomer at the London Film Festival
  • Sony Radio Academy Gold Award for Best Drama - 2010
  • Fringe First Winner - 2010
  • Royal Television Society Best Writer (Drama) - 2011 (with Shane Meadows)
  • BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series (The Fades) - 2012
  • BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Serial (This is England 88) - 2012
  • BAFTA TV Award for Best Single Drama ("Don't Take My Baby") - 2016
  • BAFTA TV Awards for Best Drama Serial ("This Is England '90") - 2016
  • Jameson Empire Award - Best TV Series ("This Is England '90") - 2016

Jack Thorne (born 6 December 1978) is an English screenwriter and playwright.

Born in Bristol, England, he has written for radio, theatre and film, most notably on the TV shows Skins, Cast-offs, This Is England '86, This Is England '88, This Is England '90, The Fades, The Last Panthers and the feature film The Scouting Book for Boys.[1] He currently lives in London.


Thorne was educated at St. Bartholomew's School, Newbury, Berkshire. He matriculated in 1998 at Pembroke College, Cambridge[2]


Thorne's plays for stage include When You Cure Me (Bush Theatre, 2005[3]), Fanny and Faggot (Finborough Theatre and tour 2007[4]), Stacy (Arcola Theatre and Trafalgar Studios, 2007[5]), Burying Your Brother in the Pavement (Royal National Theatre Connections Festival 2008[6]), 2 May 1997 (Bush Theatre 2009[7]), Bunny (Underbelly and tour 2010[8]) which won a Fringe First at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival [9] and Hope (Royal Court Theatre, 2014). He also collaborated on Greenland (2011) with Moira Buffini, Penelope Skinner and Matt Charman at the National Theatre.

In 2011 he participated in the Bush Theatre's project Sixty Six Books, for which he wrote a piece based upon a book of the King James Bible.[10]

In 2012 his version of Friedrich Duerrenmatt's The Physicists was staged at the Donmar Warehouse.[11]

His 2013 adaptation of the book and film Let The Right One In was staged in a production by the National Theatre of Scotland at Dundee Rep Theatre, London's Royal Court Theatre, West End and New York's St. Ann's Warehouse.

In summer 2015, his play The Solid Life of Sugar Water premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, produced by Graeae Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth, it then toured in early 2016, with a run at the National Theatre in March 2016.

Thorne wrote the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, based on an original new story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany, which is running at the Palace Theatre in London's West End since August 2016.

Together with the composer Stephen Warbeck, Thorne wrote Junkyard, a musical about coming-of-age in Lockleaze, an Adventure playground in Bristol.[12]

His plays are published by Nick Hern Books.[13]

Thorne wrote a new adaptation of Woyzeck by Georg Büchner for the The Old Vic in 2017 with John Boyega in the title role[14].

He has also written a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for The Old Vic for the Christmas 2017/18 season, directed by Matthew Warchus and starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge.


Thorne has written for the TV shows Skins and Shameless. He co-created Cast-offs (nominated Royal Television Society Best Drama series 2010[15]), and has co-written This Is England '86, This Is England '88 and This Is England '90 with Shane Meadows.[16][17] In August 2010, BBC Three announced Thorne would be writing a 60-minute, six episode supernatural drama for the channel called Touch, later re-titled The Fades.[18][19] In 2012, he won BAFTA awards for both drama series (The Fades) and serial (This Is England '88).[20][21] In 2014 the Thorne's original rural teen murder drama Glue premiered on E4 and the show was nominated Best Multichannel Programme and the 2015 Broadcast Awards. In autumn of 2015 This Is England '90 transmitted on Channel 4 and earned Thorne a Best Series Award at the Jameson Empire Awards 2016 and the BAFTA for Best-Mini Series in 2016. Next, the pan-European diamond heist thriller for Sky Atlantic The Last Panthers, which aired in the UK in September 2015 was BAFTA nominated for Best Drama Series. To round up a hat-trick of nominations at the 2016 BAFTA TV Awards Thorne's BBC 3 single Don't Take My Baby was nominated and went on to win the BAFTA for Best Single Drama.

Thorne's Channel 4 drama National Treasure started on 20 September 2016.[22] In April 2016 it was announced that Thorne would be adapting Philip Pullman's epic trilogy His Dark Materials for BBC One.[23]

In 2017, it was announced that he would write an episode of the Channel 4/Amazon Video series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.[24][25]


Thorne has written four plays for radio; an adaptation of When You Cure Me (BBC Radio 3, 2006[26]), Left at the Angel (BBC Radio 4, 2007[27]), an adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (co-written with Alex Bulmer, BBC Radio 4, 2009[28]) and People Snogging in Public Places (BBC Radio 3, 2009[29]). The latter won him the Sony Radio Academy Awards Gold for Best Drama 2010.[30] The judges described it "as a wonderfully written and performed, highly original piece of radio drama in which the production perfectly mirrored the subject. Painful and funny, it was a bold exciting listen."[31] A Summer Night (BBC Radio 3, 2011) was Thorne's response to the 2011 London riots, transmitted live as part of the Free Thinking festival.

In 2012, People Snogging in Public Places was produced and broadcast by France-Culture (in the Fictions / Drôles de drames slot) under the French title of Regarder passer les trains (translator: Jacqueline Chnéour).


Thorne's first film The Scouting Book For Boys[32] was released in 2009, it won him Best Newcomer at the London Film Festival.[33] The jury said, "Jack Thorne is a poetic writer with an end-of-the-world imagination and a real gift for story-telling.".[34] Thorne has been commissioned to write feature films for producers both sides of the Atlantic, with credits including War Book starring Sophie Okonedo which Tom Harper directed, and A Long Way Down starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Aaron Paul (directed by Pascal Chaumiel) based on the novel by Nick Hornby. On 2 August 2017, it was announced he would rewrite the script for Star Wars: Episode IX.[35]


  1. ^ The Scouting Book for Boys (2009), retrieved 2017-08-11 
  2. ^ Pembroke College on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155733180786424&id=92783331423
  3. ^ "Bush Theatre". Bush Theatre. 17 December 2005. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Finborough Theatre". Finborough Theatre. 17 February 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  5. ^ 2Creative Studios, www.2creative.net (24 February 2007). "Arcola Theatre London". Arcolatheatre.com. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Burying Your Brother in the Pavement – Productions". National Theatre. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bush Theatre". Bush Theatre. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "what's on 2011 – Bunny by Jack Thorne". nabokov-online. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Final Fringe Firsts for Primadoona, Lidless, Bunny – - News". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Billington, Michael (2012-06-08). "The Physicists – review". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-08-11. 
  12. ^ Thorne, Jack (February 6, 2017). "Jack Thorne's Junkyard: how I turned an adventure playground into a musical". The Guardian. London. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Authors". Nick Hern Books. 2 May 1997. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "John Boyega to star in Woyzeck at the Old Vic Theatre". Tuppence Magazine. 18 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  15. ^ [1] Archived 22 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "Warp / Films / This Is England '86 / New Series for TV". Warp.net. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  17. ^ http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/shane-meadows-returns-with-christmas-special-this-is-england-88
  18. ^ "Press Office – New original UK drama series announced for BBC Three". BBC. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "BBC Three - The Fades". BBC. 
  20. ^ "Press Office – Bafta Television Awards 2012: full list of winners". Digital Spy. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "BBC Three - Don't Take My Baby". BBC. 
  22. ^ "Channel 4 announces National Treasure". Channel 4. 
  23. ^ "Writer Jack Thorne to adapt His Dark Materials". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  24. ^ Cynthia Littleton. "Amazon Grabs U.S. Rights to Bryan Cranston’s ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ Anthology Series". Variety. 
  25. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ TV Series From Ron Moore, Michael Dinner & Bryan Cranston Picked Up By Amazon". Deadline. 
  26. ^ "Radio 3 – Drama on 3 – When You Cure Me". BBC. 19 March 2006. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  27. ^ "Radio 4 Programmes – Afternoon Play, Looking for Angels, Looking for Angels: Left at the Angel". BBC. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  28. ^ "Radio 4 Programmes – Classic Serial, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  29. ^ "Radio 3 Programmes – The Wire, People Snogging in Public Places". BBC. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  30. ^ [2] Archived 14 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  31. ^ "The Writers' Guild of Great Britain blog: Sony Gold for Jack Thorne". Writersguild.blogspot.com. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  32. ^ "The Scouting Book For Boys". The Scouting Book For Boys. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  33. ^ "Comic Relief | 54th BFI London Film Festival". Bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  34. ^ "UK Film Council – News". Film-council.co.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  35. ^ Lamble, Ryan (2 August 2017). "Star Wars Episode 9: Jack Thorne to rewrite the screenplay". Den of Geek. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 

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