Terry Cafolla

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Terry Cafolla
Born Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK
Occupation Screenwriter
Nationality Northern Ireland
Genre Drama, Crime
Notable works Law and Order: UK,
Holy Cross
Notable awards Golden FIPA

Terry Cafolla is an award-winning Northern Irish screenwriter.

Early life[edit]

Terry Cafolla was born in Armagh in 1969. He left Armagh to study at Queen's University, where he completed a degree in Philosophy and Russian studies before subsequently obtaining an MA in Poetry. After leaving college, following a short spell on a media-training course, Cafolla secured a one-year contract with a Belfast film collective.[1] Cafolla himself cites the fact that both poetry and American TV drama had a large influence over him in his adolescence, despite the fact that "TV never seemed an option for somebody from Armagh".[2]


His first television drama Holy Cross (2003) examined the emotive events which occurred on Belfast’s Ardoyne Road in 2001 and signalled the emergence of a television writer of skill and sensitivity.[1] This first foray into television drama earned Cafolla a BAFTA nomination for best new Drama, and a Golden FIPA award for best screenplay.[3] Cafolla has since contributed to the TV drama Messiah and has written episodes for both series of Law & Order: UK, a British adaptation of the long-running US crime series. Other notable work includes a drama-documentary on the life of George Best, and an episode of the TV fantasy series, Camelot. He wrote The Whale, a television film that will air on BBC One in 2014.


  1. ^ a b Terry Cafolla culturenorthernireland.org
  2. ^ interview with Terry Cafolla script-consultant.co.uk
  3. ^ Awards Internet Movie Database

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