Peter Harness was born and grew up in Yorkshire and studied for a doctorate at Oxford University before winning a Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award and being chosen as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow after which he turned to writing full-time.
Peter has written a number of single films for TV including the Spanish Flu drama The Forgotten Fallen and the Frankie Howerd biopic Rather You Than Me starring David Walliams. His debut feature, Is Anybody There?, starring Michael Caine and David Morrissey, premiered in 2009 to considerable critical acclaim.
He was lead writer on the third series of the hit detective drama Wallander and is currently writing two more episodes for its fourth series. His adaptation of the best-selling book Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for the BBC is in 7 hour long parts and is due to transmit in 2015.