Simon Blackwell

Simon Blackwell

Highest Rated: 94% In the Loop (2009)

Lowest Rated: 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)

Birthday: May 27, 1966

Birthplace: Battersea, London, England, UK

Prolific British television writer Simon Blackwell was a major creative force behind writer-producer Armando Iannucci's award-winning series "The Thick of It" (BBC Four, 2005-2012) and "Veep" (HBO, 2012- )Born May 27,1966 in the South London district of Battersea, Blackwell began his professional writing career in 1997, penning scripts for BBC Radio comedies like "The Sunday Format" (BBC Radio 4, 1996- ) and "Dead Ringers" (BBC Radio Two/Four, 2002-2007, 2014- ). Two years later, he moved into writing for television, contributing to specials, variety series and award shows like the International Emmy Award-winning "The Kumars at No. 42" (BBC One/Two, 2001- ) and "Gash" (Channel 4, 2003), which marked his first collaboration with Armando Iannucci. Two years later, Blackwell reteamed with Iannucci and several other "Gash" writers for the celebrated political satire "The Thick of It," which earned him two BAFTA TV Award nominations. With Iannucci, Blackwell also co-wrote "In the Loop" (2009), a feature film spun off from "Thick" that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. During this period, he also contributed to "Thick Of It" writer Jesse Armstrong's acclaimed comedy series "Peep Show" (Channel 4, 2003-2016) and "The Old Guys" (BBC One, 2009- ), as well as his feature "Four Lions" (2010), about an inept quartet of would-be terrorists. In 2012, he reunited again with Iannucci as writer and executive producer for the HBO comedy "Veep," for which he earned two Emmys - Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - 2015. While producing "Veep," Blackwell also stepped out on his own to create "Trying Again" (Sky Living, 2014), a melancholy comedy about a couple attempting to rebuild their relationship after an affair.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
92% 53% The Personal History of David Copperfield Screenwriter $1.9M 2019
94% 82% In the Loop Screenwriter $2.4M 2009

TV

Credit
91% 83% Breeders Executive Producer,
Writer
2020-2021
96% 68% Back Executive Producer,
Writer
2021 2017
67% 52% Avenue 5 Executive Producer,
Writer
2020
93% 90% Veep Co-Executive Producer 2019 2012-2017
85% 95% The Thick of It Writer 2012 2009 2007 2005
96% 93% Peep Show Writer 2008-2009

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