Stephen Greenhorn

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Stephen Greenhorn
Born (1964-09-05) 5 September 1964 (age 51)
Fauldhouse, West Lothian, Scotland
Occupation playwright, writer

Stephen Greenhorn (born 5 September 1964 in Fauldhouse, West Lothian, Scotland) is a Scottish playwright and screenwriter.


Greenhorn’s plays have been produced by a wide variety of theatre companies across the UK as well as on BBC Radio and several have been published.

Original or adapted works for the stage include: The Salt Wound (1994), Dissent (1998) and Gilt (2003) for 7:84; Passing Places (1997) and The Ballad of Crazy Paolo (2001) for the Traverse Theatre; Sleeping Around (1998) with Abi Morgan, Mark Ravenhill and Hilary Fannin for Paines Plough and King Matt (2001) for TAG Theatre Company.[1]

Passing Places won the author a nomination for Scottsh Writer of the Year in 1998 and has since been translated many times and produced world-wide.[2]

In 2007 he created Sunshine on Leith for Dundee Rep – a musical featuring the songs of The Proclaimers.[3] The show won the TMA Award for Best Musical that year and has toured several times since. A film version was released in 2013.


Greenhorn’s TV work includes episodes of The Bill and Where The Heart Is.

For BBC One he has written the six-part drama series Glasgow Kiss (2000) and the feature-length drama 'Derailed' (2005).

He is the creator of the BBC Scotland soap opera River City.

His adaptation of Jean Rhys's novel Wide Sargasso Sea was screened on BBC Four in 2006.

In 2007 he wrote an episode for Series 3 of Doctor Who, titled "The Lazarus Experiment" (starring David Tennant, Freema Agyeman and Mark Gatiss).

In 2008 he wrote another episode for Series 4, titled The Doctor's Daughter.[4]

In 2008, he wrote a comic which was featured on the Doctor Who website.[5]

Another television project, Marchlands, a five-part supernatural drama starring Alex Kingston, aired on ITV in early 2011. Greenhorn penned the series, which was based on The Oaks (TV series), a U.S. television pilot which wasn't aired.


Greenhorn has adapted his own musical Sunshine on Leith for the big screen. The film was shot in Glasgow and Edinburgh in late 2012 and stars Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks directed by Dexter Fletcher.


  1. ^ "Stephen Greenhorn Credits". Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sunshine on Leith Writer". Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Fisher, Mark (28 April 2007). "Sunshine on Leith: A Musical". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Who's Writing?". Doctor Who Magazine. 2007-05-31. 
  5. ^ "Mind Shadows". Stephen Greenhorn. 2008. 

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