Simon Donald

Playwright and writer for television

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Biography

Simon Donald is an award-winning writer for stage and screen, whose play The Life of Stuff earned him both theEveningStandard Best Playwright Award and the London Critics Award for BestNew Play when it was produced at the Traverse Theatre in 1993.

In 2006, Simon wrote the television thriller Low Winter Sun, which starred Mark Strong and won the RTS Award for Best Drama Serial, as well as being nominated for a host of other awards. Low Winter Sun was remade for the US market in 2013 and aired on AMC.

He has since gone on to write on the critically acclaimed mini-series, Wallander, as well as developing his own six-parter, The Deep, with Tiger Aspect and the BBC.  

Simon's latest series, Fortitude, produced by Fifty Fathoms for Sky Atlantic, launched in January 2015 and was Sky Atlantic's most successful drama launch to date. Sky Atlantic commissioned a second series which aired in January 2017.

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TV

Writer & Creator

ProducerPatrick Spence, Simon Donald, Frith Tiplady, Anne Mensah & Lizzie Grey
DirectorHettie Macdonald
Starring
  • Sofie Gråbøl
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    Second series of the thriller set in a remote town in the Arctic circle

    Fifty Fathoms for Sky Atlantic
    In development
     
    Fortitude: Series 1
    Nominated: Best Drama and Best Writer, Broadcasting Press Guild Awards
    12 x 60'
    ProducerMatthew Bird & Trevor Hopkins
    DirectorSam Miller
    Starring
  • Richard Dormer
  • Christopher Eccleston
  • Michael Gambon
  • Sofie Gråbøl
  • Stanley Tucci
  •  

    Thriller set in a remote Arctic town

    Fifty Fathoms for Sky Atlantic
     
    Heist
    5 x 60'
     
    Tiger Aspect
    In development
     
    The Deep
    6 x 60'
    ProducerWill Gould
    DirectorJim O'Hanlon
    Starring
  • Minnie Driver
  • James Nesbitt
  • Antonia Thomas
  • Goran Visnjic
  • Orla Brady
  •  
    Drama about the crew of an oceanographic submarine who find themselves stranded thousands of feet underwater
    Tiger Aspect for BBC1
     
    Low Winter Sun
    RTS Best Drama Serial 2006
    3 x 60'
    ProducerRhonda Smith
    DirectorAdrian Shergold
    Starring
  • Mark Strong
  • Vincent Regan
  • Burn Gorman
  •  
    Award-winning thriller about a police detective who kills for revenge
    Tiger Aspect for Channel 4
     

    Writer

    ProducerSanne Wohlenberg
    DirectorAndy Wilson
    Starring
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Roland Hedlund
  • Sally Hurst
  • Sadie Shimmin
  •  
    Acclaimed drama following a detective in Sweden
    Left Bank Pictures for BBC 4
     
    Rebus
    6 x 60'
     
    Adaptation of Ian Rankin's detective novels
    STV for ITV
    In development
     
    China Blue
    1 x 60'
     
    Detective drama
    So Television for BBC
    In development
     
    CreatorColin Batman
    ProducerVarious
    DirectorVarious
    Starring
  • James Nesbitt
  • Owen Teale
  • Michael Fassbender
  •  
    Television drama about an undercover police officer
    Tiger Aspect for BBC
     
     
    Drama Series for the BBC
    Box TV for BBC
    In development
     
    ProducerPeter Norris
    DirectorSimon Massey and Dermot Boyd
    Starring
  • Conor Mullen
  • Lorraine Pilkington
  • Stanley Townsend
  •  
    Family drama
    World Productions for BBC
     
    ProducerHilary Bevan Jones
    DirectorNicholas Renton
    Starring
  • Chris Barnes
  • Robbie Coltrane
  • Simon Donald
  • Steven Mackintosh
  •  
    Television film about a sea captain
    A&E Television for Granada Television
     
    DirectorPhilip Saville
    Starring
  • Al Anderson
  • Ewen Bremner
  • Billy Connolly
  • Lorcan Cranitch
  •  

    Television film about a Scottish cabinet-maker and city Councillor who maintained a secret life as a burglar

    Tiger Aspect for BBC
     
    DirectorPatrick Lau
    Starring
  • Ian Bannen
  • Tony Cownie
  • Annette Crosbie
  • Jason Flemyng
  •  

    Series set in Scotland in the 1940s about a rural doctor

    Scottish Television Enterprises for ITV 1
     

    Film

    Writer

    ProducerAlan J. Wands
    DirectorBill Eagles
    Starring
  • Iain Glen
  • Susan Lynch
  • Tom Mannion
  • Maurice Roëves
  •  
    Film following two girls thrown together as they deal with blackmail, murder, betrayal and revenge
    Universal
    DNA Films
     
    Curfew
    Feature
     
    Feature film in development
    Film Four
    Tiger Aspect
    In development
     
    ProducerSteve Norris, David Puttnam
    DirectorHugh Hudson
    Starring
  • Colin Firth
  • Rosemary Harris
  • Irene Jacob
  • Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  •  
    Adaptation of Sir Denis Forman's memoir following the lives of one family on a country estate after World War I
    Miramax Films
    Enigma Productions
     

    Writer & Director

    ProducerLinda Myles
    Starring
  • Ewen Bremner
  • Liam Cunningham
  • Jason Flemyng
  • Ciaran Hinds
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    Adaptation of Simon's play about a feared gangster coming back to town to settle old scores
    Prairie Pictures
     

    Theatre

    Writer

    The Life of Stuff
    Winner: Evening Standard Best Playwright Award
    DirectorJohn Mitchell
    Starring
  • Duncan Duff
  • Brian McCardie
  • Stuart McQuarrie
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    Comical snapshot of Edinburgh's underworld in the 90's

    Traverse Theatre
     
     

    Surreal comedy

    Traverse Theatre
     
    DirectorJenny Killick
    Starring
  • Stella Gonet
  • Ronnie Letham
  • Gerda Stevenson
  • Caroline Paterson
  •  
    Traverse Theatre
     
    A Tenant for Edgar Mortez
    Sunday Times Award for Most Outstanding New Playwright
    Starring
  • Simon Donald
  •  

    One man play about a young man looking to let his room

    Abattoir Theatre