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Pippa Harris

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Pippa Harris
Philippa Jill Olivier Harris

1967 (age 56–57)
London, United Kingdom
EducationRobinson College
OccupationTelevision Producer
Known forCall the Midwife

Dame Philippa Jill Olivier Harris DBE (born 27 March 1967) is a British film and television producer/executive. She co-founded Neal Street Productions in 2003 with Sam Mendes and Caro Newling.[1]

Harris was a script editor at ITV and Channel Four before becoming a development executive at BBC Films and then an executive producer for BBC Drama Serials. In that role her projects included Warriors and Love in a Cold Climate. Harris became Head of Drama Commissioning for the BBC in 2001. Commissions during her time there included Daniel Deronda and The Lost Prince.[2]

Harris has executive produced several films including Things We Lost in the Fire and Revolutionary Road starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. For TV Harris produced Stuart: A Life Backwards featuring Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch and executive produced Call the Midwife, Penny Dreadful and The Hollow Crown and Britannia. Harris served as Adviser to the former leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg MP, with whom she had studied at Robinson College, Cambridge.[3]

For the film 1917 directed by Sam Mendes, Harris received various accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination, two BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe Award.

Early years[edit]

Harris is the granddaughter of medical doctor Noël Olivier. She was educated at Oxford High School for Girls and Robinson College, Cambridge, where she graduated with a degree in English in 1989.[4]


Pippa Harris started her career as a production assistant at Jacaranda Productions in 1989 and progressed quickly through roles as a script editor for ITV and Channel 4 before becoming development executive at BBC Films. She was then promoted to Executive Producer, BBC Drama Serials. Harris worked on Warriors (1999), Care (2000), The Sleeper (2000) The Way We Live Now (2001) and Love in a Cold Climate (2001).

In 2001, Harris became Head of Drama Commissioning for the BBC, working with Jane Tranter. Her BBC commissions included Cutting It (2002), Flesh and Blood (2002), Daniel Deronda (2002), The Lost Prince (2003) and State of Play (2003).

In 2003, Pippa Harris co-founded Neal Street Productions with partners Sam Mendes and Caro Newling. Since forming the company, Harris has produced several films, including Jarhead (2005), Starter for 10 (2006) and Blood (2012). She has executive produced Things We Lost in the Fire (2007), Revolutionary Road (2008) and Away We Go (2009).

For television, Harris has produced Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007) as well as the frightening psychological thriller, Penny Dreadful created and written by John Logan for Showtime / Sky Atlantic. She also executively produced the critically acclaimed, BAFTA nominated Shakespeare film series, The Hollow Crown (2012) and The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses (2016), as well as Britannia (2018) which was the first co-production between Sky and Amazon Prime Video in 2018, starring Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Zoë Wanamaker, Liana Cornell and Stanley Weber.

Harris continues to executive produce the hugely successful, BAFTA- and NTA-winning Call the Midwife which has returned for a ninth season in 2020.[5][6][7]

In 2018, Harris was appointed Chair[8] of BAFTA, after a year as the Deputy Chair and is a board member of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She was appointed VP for Television in 2021.[9]

She is the editor of her grandmother's correspondence with poet Rupert Brooke between 1908 and 1915.[10]


Harris was elevated to a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2015 Dissolution Honours Lists on 27 August 2015.[3]

Board memberships[edit]

Pippa Harris is Chair of BAFTA, and sits on their board as well after having previously chaired the film committee. Since 2021, Pippa Harris has been Chair of Trustees at Charleston. She has served on its board since 2015.[11]

She is also a governor of Central School of Speech and Drama, and a Trustee of the Creative Society.

In 2023, Harris was selected to join the board of the Royal Foundation Charity. [12]



  1. ^ Neal Street Productions official website, nealstreetproductions.com; accessed 11 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Pippa Harris | We Are Many". wearemany.com. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b Dissolution Honours 2015, gov.uk; accessed 11 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Harris, Dame Philippa Jill Olivier, (Dame Pippa)". Who's Who. Vol. 2018 (online ed.). A & C Black. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^ "BAFTA Awards Search | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  6. ^ Awards, National Television. "Winners | National Television Awards". www.nationaltvawards.com. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  7. ^ "About | Call the Midwife | PBS". About | Call the Midwife | PBS. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  8. ^ Orlando Parfitt2018-06-04T10:00:00+01:00. "Pippa Harris named new Bafta chair". Screen. Retrieved 9 May 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Ravindran, Manori (17 November 2021). "BAFTA Names Pippa Harris as VP for Television". Variety. Retrieved 8 December 2023.
  10. ^ Harris 1991.
  11. ^ "Charleston — Pippa Harris appointed Chair of Charleston's Board of Trustees". Charleston. Retrieved 8 December 2023.
  12. ^ McTaggart, India (10 October 2023). "Call the Midwife producer hired to help Prince and Princess of Wales appeal to Gen Z". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 8 December 2023.


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