Debbie
Isitt

Playwright, writer and director for film and theatre

Debbie won a BAFTA award for her Channel 4 adaptation of The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson in 2004 and then went on to make the smash hit improvised comedy feature, Confetti (Fox Searchlight 2006), which was nominated for a British Comedy Award and starred a host of British comedy talent.

In 2009, Debbie released her third feature film, Nativity! Starring Martin Freeman. Her follow up Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger starring David Tennant was released in 2012 and took over £1.6 million in its opening weekend, making it the top new UK release; it went on to take 10 million pounds at the UK box office. In 2014 the third film in the series, Nativity 3 “Dude, where’s my donkey?!” starring Martin Clunes and Catherine Tate was released



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Film

Writer & Director 

Producer Nick Jones
Starring
  • Catherine Tate
  • Martin Clunes
  • Marc Wootton
  • Adam Garcia
  • Ralf Little
  • Third film in the Nativity series

    Entertainment One
    Mirrorball Films
    Producer Nick Jones
    Starring
  • David Tennant
  • Joanna Page
  • Sequel to the popular Nativity
    Entertainment One
    Mirrorball Films
    Producer Nick Jones
    Starring
  • Martin Freeman
  • Ashley Jensen
  • Improvised comedy based around a school nativity play
    E1 Entertainment
    BBC Films
    Starring
  • Jessica Stevenson
  • Robert Webb
  • Steven Mangan
  • Martin Freeman
  • A mockumentary about wedding planning
    Fox Searchlight Pictures
    Confetti Productions
    Samuelson Productions
    In development
    Producer Christine Alderson
    Starring
  • Rachel Fielding
  • Ricky Tomlinson
  • Adaptation of the stage play written by Debbie Isitt
    Redbus Film
    Ipso Facto Films

    Writer 

    Set in Miami, Florida, the film charts the journey of Natalie Stathis as she takes on the powerful Christian Coalition movement and becomes a martyr to the gay cause
    Independent Pictures
    Dragon Pictures
    Adaptation of Chrissie Glazebrook's novel
    Her Films
    In development
    First adaptation ever of the original film
    Manifest Productions
    In development

    Director 

    Producer Christine Alderson
    Writer John Martin Johnson
    Starring
  • Simon Chandler
  • Heidi James
  • Linda Marlowe
  • Short film about a wasp exterminator
    BFI
    Channel 4

    Television

    Writer 

    Producer Julia Ouston
    Director Cilla Ware
    Starring
  • Michelle Collins
  • Holly Grainger
  • Adapted from the best selling children's book by Jacqueline Wilson
    Granada Television for Channel 4

    Director 

    Writer Stuart Harcourt
    Starring
  • Celia Imrie
  • Ashley Jensen
  • Larry Lamb
  • New ITV drama about a group of married friends
    Tiger Aspect for ITV1
    Producer Christine Alderson
    Writer John Martin Johnson
    Starring
  • John Thompson
  • Emily Woof
  • Multi-part series of individual drama stories from up and coming directors

    Writer & Director 

    A heart-warming comedy film about two small time wannabe's who struggle to make it as a tribute act to obscure sixties duo Nina and Frederik
    Producer David Naden and Ginny Roncoroni
    Starring
  • Sarah Jane Potts
  • Ricky Tomlinson
  • Part of the BBC2 10x10 series of short films
    Waterside for BBC2

    Creator & Writer 

    ITV Studios
    In development

    TV spin-off of Debbie's film Nativity

    BBC and Mirrorball Films for BBC
    In development

    Theatre

    Writer & Director 

    Producer Arts Centre, University of Warwick
    Royal Court Theatre, Upstairs
    Adaptation of Dodie Smith's novel
    Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

    Writer 

    Producer Donmar Warehouse/World Tour
    Winner of a Time Out Theatre Award and a Perrier Pick of the Fringe 1990
    Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
    Starring
  • Daisy Donovan
  • Alison Steadman
  • A play which explores the eternal triangle behind a failed marriage
    Royal Court Theatre
    1995 Guinness Book of Records entry for largest ever premiere of a play
    Written by Debbie for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre education tour
    Birmingham Rep
    Producer Snarling Beasties and Warwick Arts Centre
    Starring
  • Lucy Richardson
  • Written and directed by Debbie Isitt for the Warwick Arts Centre, before transferring to the Tricycle Theatre
    Tricycle Theatre
    Written by Debbie for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre education tour
    The Workshop, Edinburgh