Simon Ashdown

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Simon Ashdown is a British television writer, best known as being a BAFTA award-nominated EastEnders writer.

Career[edit]

Ashdown is currently series consultant and lead writer on EastEnders. He was involved in the creation of the Slater family, and along with other writers, developed the characters around the actors themselves, rather than the other way round. He created the character of Max Branning and has been responsible for numerous key episodes such as Ethel Skinner’s death, Stacey Slater’s bipolar and the who killed Archie storyline. In 2010 he wrote the twenty fifth anniversary live episode. More recent episodes that he has written include Pat Evans' death, Mandy Salter's second exit, Janine Butcher's temporary exit, the aftermath of David Wick's return and the Jake and Sadie reveal.

Alongside his work on EastEnders he also wrote and co-created, with Jeremy Dyson of The League of Gentlemen, the innovative drama Funland which was nominated for the best drama serial BAFTA in 2005. He wrote the two part drama Kitchen starring Eddie Izzard and Perfect for Film Four, directed by Rankin and starring Marc Warren. He’s worked on numerous other drama series including City Central, Casualty and has acted as story consultant on numerous productions including Crash Palace for Sky and Come Fly With Me for the BBC. He’s recently adapted Franz Kafka’s The Trial with Jeremy Dyson for the BBC.

The RTÉ series Raw is based on Kitchen, it is currently in its 4th season.

Writing credits[edit]

Production Notes Broadcaster
EastEnders
  • 143 episodes (1995–2013)
BBC One
Casualty
  • "Nightfall" (1996)
BBC One
City Central
  • "A Night on the Town" (1998)
BBC One
EastEnders: Ricky & Bianca
  • Television film (2002)
BBC One
Perfect
  • Short film (2003)
N/A
Holby City
  • "Hair of the Dog" (2003)
BBC One
Funland BBC Three
Kitchen
  • Television film (2007)
Channel 5
Come Fly with Me
  • 6 episodes (story consultant, 2010–2011)
BBC One
EastEnders: Phil on Remand
  • Mini-episode (series consultant, 2012)
BBC Red Button
EastEnders: Billy's Olympic Nightmare
  • Mini-episode (series consultant, 2012)
BBC Red Button
EastEnders: All I Want for Christmas Is...
  • Mini-episode (series consultant, 2012)
BBC Red Button
EastEnders: T&B 4Eva
  • Mini-episode (series consultant, 2012)
BBC Red Button

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Category Result Reference
2006 British Academy Television Awards Funland Best Drama Serial (with Kenton Allen, Jeremy Dyson and Sanne Wohlenberg) Nominated
2008 British Soap Award EastEnders (the aftermath of Max Branning and Stacey Branning's affair) Best Storyline (with Charlie Clements, Jo Joyner, Lacey Turner and Jake Wood) Won
2009 British Soap Award EastEnders (Bianca discovers Tony is a paedophile) Best Storyline Nominated
2010 British Soap Award EastEnders: "Who Killed Archie?" Best Storyline Won
2011 British Soap Award EastEnders (Billie Jackson's death) Best Single Episode Nominated
Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award EastEnders: "Dot's Impossible Decision" Best Continuing Drama Nominated
2012 British Soap Award EastEnders Special Achievement Won
British Soap Award EastEnders (Pat Evans's death) Best Single Episode (with Pam St. Clement and Jennie Darnell) Nominated
British Soap Award EastEnders (The Brannings deal with Tanya's cancer diagnosis) Best Storyline Nominated
2013 British Soap Award EastEnders (The demise of Derek Branning) Best Exit (with Jamie Foreman and Jennie Darnell) Nominated
British Soap Award EastEnders (The identity of Kat's lover is revealed) Best Single Episode (with Karl Neilson) Nominated
British Soap Award EastEnders (The demise of Derek Branning) Best Storyline Nominated

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