James Graham OBE
Playwright and Screenwriter
James Graham is a playwright and screenwriter. His recent work includes Quiz, the hit ITV drama last easter surrounding the 'coughing major' game show trial. Other recent television work includes Channel 4 and HBO's Brexit: An Uncivil War, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, dramatising the European referendum campaign. It was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie, a BAFTA for Single Drama and won the Broadcast award for Best Single Film.
James' play This House premiered at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012 and transferred to the bigger Olivier in 2013 and then a West End revival in 2016. It garnered critical acclaim and a huge amount of admiration from current and former MPs for his rendition of life in the House of Commons. It was chosen by popular vote as the best play of the last decade.
Other plays include Ink, about the early days of Rupert Murdoch, which opened at the Almeida in London and transferred to the West End in September 2017 where it played in the theatre next door to James’ other new play – political romantic comedy Labour of Love, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Ink went on to play a sell-out run on Broadway and was nominated for Best play in the Tony awards 2019. James wrote the book for musical Finding Neverland on Broadway, and is currently writing a new musical with Elton John, as well as a six-part series Sherwood for the BBC, set in his home town in North Nottinghamshire which starts shooting this summer.