Jane Fallon

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Jane Fallon
Born (1960-12-09) 9 December 1960 (age 59)
Middlesex, England
OccupationNovelist, producer
Alma materUniversity College London
GenreRomance, comedy
Notable worksStrictly Between Us
My Sweet Revenge
Faking Friends
Tell Me A Secret
PartnerRicky Gervais (1982–present)

Jane Fallon (born 9 December 1960) is an English author of nine top ten best-selling novels, Getting Rid of Matthew, Got You Back, Foursome, The Ugly Sister, Skeletons, Strictly Between Us, My Sweet Revenge, Faking Friends and Tell Me A Secret.[citation needed].

A former television producer, her most famous work is on the popular series Teachers, 20 Things To Do Before You're 30, EastEnders and This Life. In 2011, Foursome was nominated for the Melissa Nathan Award for Romantic Comedy Fiction. In 2018, Faking Friends was nominated in the popular fiction category of the National Book Awards and in 2019 it was long listed for the Comedy Women In Print prize. She was born on the same day UK soap, Coronation Street began.

Early life[edit]

Fallon's parents had a newsagent's shop. She grew up in a house above her parents' shop.[1] She was educated at St Bernard's Convent School in Slough, Berkshire and University College London where she studied history.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She has been in a relationship with comedian Ricky Gervais since 1982; they met while both were studying at University College London. The couple have lived together since 1984 and are based in Hampstead.[3] They had a cat called Ollie,[4] who died on 10 March 2020.[5] Ollie was a gift to them by Jonathan Ross on his Friday night show.[6][7] Fallon's niece, Elsie Fallon, is an actress.[8]



  • EastEnders (1985–1994)
  • This Life (1996–1997)
  • Undercover Heart (1998)
  • Massive Landmarks of the 20th Century (1999)
  • Teachers (2001)
  • 20 Things to Do Before You're 30 (2002)
  • Single (2003)


  • Getting Rid of Matthew (2007)
  • Got You Back (2008)
  • Foursome (2010)
  • The Ugly Sister (2011)
  • Skeletons (2014)
  • Strictly Between Us (2016)
  • My Sweet Revenge (2017)
  • Faking Friends (2018)
  • Tell Me A Secret (2019)
  • Queen Bee (2020)


  1. ^ Sharp, Rob (13 March 2010). "My Secret Life: Jane Fallon, author & TV producer, 49". The Independent. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy of Fallon's website". Archived from the original on 2015-08-27. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  3. ^ "Tricky Ricky". W Magazine. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  4. ^ twitter.com
  5. ^ pagesix.com
  6. ^ "Talking Cats With Ricky Gervais". Your Cat. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Ricky Gervais - Friday Night with Jonathan Ross - 14/11/2003 Part 2 of 2 (YouTube)". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  8. ^ twitter.com

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