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Steven Moffat  * Co-Creator & Writer

 
Steven Moffat
Name
Steven Moffat
 
Date Of Birth
18 November 1961
 
Occupation
Co-Creator & Writer
 
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A multi award winning screenwriter and producer, Steven Moffat was born in Paisley, Scotland. After graduating with an MA in English from Glasgow University, he worked as a teacher for three years before being commissioned to write the pilot script for a children's television series about the creation of a school newspaper. Entitled 'Press Gang', the series ran for five series on ITV, and won the Royal Television Society Award and a BAFTA in its second series. Moffat wrote all 43 episodes of the run. During this time he also wrote 'Joking Apart', a sitcom that ran for two series and was based upon the breakdown of his first marriage. He also wrote three episodes of Murder Most Horrid, starring Dawn French, from the second series onwards.

Steven met his second wife, Sue Vertue, at the Edinburgh Television Festival in 1996. Soon after, Moffat wrote 'Chalk', a sitcom based more explicitly upon his three years spent as a teacher. In 1997, after the second series was complete, Moffat announced he and Vertue were to be married, and both decanted to Hartswood Wood films, a production company run by Sue's mother Beryl. When asked for a sitcom by his new production company, Moffat created 'Coupling', a semi autobiographical series about his courtship and relationship with Sue. Both of the lead characters in the series are named after Steven and Sue. Running for four series, Coupling proved successful after an initially slow start, eventually winning 'Best TV Comedy' at the 2003 TV Comedy Awards. A planned American version of the show was green lit by the NBC network with a pilot episode written by Moffat, though NBC cancelled the series after only broadcasting four episodes. Moffat is on record for blaming an unprecedented level of network interference by NBC for the demise of the series.

In 2004 Steven Moffat achieved a childhood dream - being asked to write for the revived series of Doctor Who. He had previously written prose novels and a spoof homage for a Children in Need broadcast, but this was the real thing. His contribution to the first series of the revival starring Christopher Eccleston, was the two part story 'The Empty Child' and 'The Doctor Dances', notable for introducing the character of Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, who would go on to become the lead in the spin off series 'Torchwood'. He went on to write episodes for every series of the revival, the only writer to have done so, including in the David Tennant era 'The Girl in the Fireplace', 'Blink' - which introduced the infamous Stone Angels to the series, and the two part story 'Silence in the Library' / 'Forest of the Dead', which introduced the important ongoing character of River Song. Moffat's first three contributions to the series are multi award winning, with all of the episodes winning the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation [short form]. 'Blink' also won the BAFTA award for Best Writer and the BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Screenwriter.

In 2007 Moffat wrote all six episodes of 'Jekyll,' a modern updating and reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novella 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,' for Hartswood, and was commissioned by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson to write a trilogy of films based upon Herge's 'The Adventures of Tintin'. Moffat completed multiple drafts of the first film 'The Secret of the Unicorn' [2011], before being approached by the BBC in 2008 to take over as Head Writer and Executive Producer on Doctor Who. Weighing the options, Moffat's childhood love of the BBC Series won out, and with mutual understanding with Spielberg and Jackson, left the Tintin projects. Taking over in June 2009, Steven Moffat brought in Matt Smith as The Doctor, following David Tennant's departure. Breaking from the norm thus far, he has created an ongoing overarching storyline that crosses between the series, all while guiding Doctor Who to a much anticipated celebration of it's 50th anniversary in 2013.

Remaining at Hartswood, he co-created 'Sherlock' with Mark Gatiss during the transition to Doctor Who in 2008, writing a pilot script that was shot in January 2009. While not used in its first form, the BBC commissioned Hartswood to a series of three feature length episodes, a format that proved successful following the BBC's production of 'Wallander,' starring Kenneth Branagh. Expanding on the pilot script, Steven Moffat contributed 'A Study in Pink', the first episode of Sherlock's first series, based upon 'A Study in Scarlet', the story that detailed the first meeting between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Sherlock met with huge success on its broadcast in 2010, with the BBC recommissioning it for a second series. Moffat again wrote the first episode of the second series of the show, 'A Scandal in Belgravia', based in part upon the short Holmes story 'A Scandal in Bohemia'.

BAFTA Cymru

Won: In 2008, Best Screenwriter for Doctor Who: Blink

BAFTA Scotland

Nominated: In 2008, Writing in Film or Television for Doctor Who

British Academy Television Awards

Won: In 1991, Best Children's Programme for Press Gang and in 2008, Best Writer for Doctor Who: Blink

Nominated: In 1992, Best Children's Programme for Press Gang

British Comedy Awards

Won: In 2003, Best TV Comedy for Coupling

Bronze Rose of Montreux

Won: In 1995, the comedy award for Joking Apart

Emmy Award

Nominated: In 2011, Best Script for a TV Movie or Miniseries for Sherlock

Hugo Award

Won: In 2006, Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for Doctor Who: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, in 2007, Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace; in 2008, Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for Doctor Who: Blink and in 2011, Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang

Nominated: In 2009, Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for Doctor Who: Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead and in 2011, Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol

Nebula Award

Nominated: In 2006, Best Script for Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace and in 2006, Best Script for Doctor Who: Blink

Royal Television Society Awards

Won: In 1991, Best Children's Programme (Entertainment / Drama) for Press Gang

Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award

Won: In 2007, Best Soap / Series (TV) along with Chris Chibnall, Paul Cornell, Russell T Davies, Helen Raynor and Gareth Roberts for Doctor Who, Series Three

Nominated: In 2009, Television drama series along with Russell T Davies for Doctor Who, Series Four

  • 2011The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (screenplay)
  • 2010 - 2012Sherlock (TV series, Executive Producer, Co-Creator, Writer)
  • 2010 - 2012A Study in Pink
  • 2010 - 2012A Scandal in Belgravia
  • 2005 - 2011Doctor Who (TV series, Writer, Executive Producer from S5)
  • 2007 - 2008Coupling (TV series)
  • 2007Jekyll (TV series, Executive Producer)
  • 2000 - 2004Coupling (TV series)
  • 1994 - 1999Murder Most Horrid (TV series)
  • 1999Privates (TV series)
  • 1997Chalk (TV series, Associate Producer)
  • 1996The Office (TV movie)
  • 1991 - 1995Joking Apart (TV series)
  • 1989 - 1993Press Gang (TV series)
  • 1992Exam Conditions (TV movie)
  • 1990Stay Lucky (TV series)