Peter Straughan

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Peter Straughan
Born 1968
Occupation Dramatist

Peter Straughan (born 1968) is a playwright and author, based in the north-east of England. He was writer-in-residence at Newcastle's Live Theatre Company. Whilst there, Live staged his plays, Bones and Noir. Both of these plays have displayed Straughan's talent for writing dark, twisted and witty stories.

His first ambition was to be a professional musician and he achieved this while playing bass guitar with Newcastle-based band "The Honest Johns". He spent four years touring and recording with the band through the late 80s and into the early 1990s before leaving to take up full-time education at Newcastle University. While Peter was a student he was also a member of the band Cactusman. Peter wrote the song "Killer", which appeared on the CD album North of London, a collection of music by North East bands released through Newcastle Arts.

Straughan co-wrote the 2006 feature film, Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution and adapted Toby Young's memoir How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. He is the writer of the 2009 film, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and co-writer of the 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Adapted Screenplay, a screenplay he wrote in collaboration with his late wife Bridget O'Connor. O'Connor died of cancer, aged 49, in 2010, before the film was released. They were awarded a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay.



Year Title Role Other notes
2006 Sixty Six Screenplay
2007 Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution Screenplay
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Screenplay
2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats Screenplay
2010 The Debt Screenplay
2011 Gee Gee Director/Screenplay Short film
2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best British Film
BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
British Film Bloggers Circle Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay
International Cinephile Society Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay
Italy Screenplay Award for Best International Adapted Screenplay
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Richard Attenborough Regional Film Awards for Best Screenplay
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated–Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated–Association of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated–British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated–London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated–USC Scripter Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated–Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2014 Frank Screenplay
2016 Our Brand Is Crisis Screenplay


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Playhouse Presents Director/Screenplay Episode: "Nosferatu in Love"
2015 Wolf Hall

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