Writer for Television and Theatre

Joseph Charlton is a multi-award winning writer from the North East. He wrote an episode of the second season of critically acclaimed series Industry, for HBO/BBC. He is developing an eight-part television adaption of his play Brilliant Jerks with New Pictures for the BBC and is also developing new television projects with See Saw Films, and BBC Studios. In 2018 Joseph was selected for the BBC Drama Room scheme, and in 2019 he was selected for the BBC TV Drama Writers' Programme.

His play ANNA X, inspired by the life of Anna Delvey, had a sold out run in the West End last summer, starring Emma Corrin and Nabhaan Rizwan, and received excellent reviews. ANNA X premiered at the Vaults Festival in 2019 to 5* press and received the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work. This revival will star Golden Globe Award-winner Emma Corrin and Royal Television Society’s 2019 Breakthrough star Nabhaan Rizwan; both making their West End debuts.

Joseph's 2018 play Brilliant Jerks sold out at the Vaults and was given a ‘Best Show’ award by the festival. In 2017, his play Anniversary was published in the literary magazine Arete, which has previously put out new work by Tom Stoppard, Patrick Marber, Nina Raine, and others.




Creator Mickey Down and Konrad Kay

Script commission and 12 week writers’ room.

Bad Wolf for BBC Two, HBO
In development

2020 BBC script commission

New Pictures for BBC
In development
See Saw Productions
Our Town
In development
BBC Studios



Origins Outstanding New Work Award
Director Daniel Raggett
  • Emma Corrin
  • Nabhaan Rizwan
  • Immersed in an addictive world of private views, front-row
    fashion shows, and endless parties, Anna and Ariel find themselves struggling for ways to keep up with New York’s dazzling social elite. A new play inspired by the life of con artist Anna Delvey.

    Vaults Festival 2019 / Harold Pinter Theatre
    Brilliant Jerks
    Best Show Award, Vaults Festival
    Director Rosy Banham

    Brilliant Jerks tells the story of three people – a driver, a coder, and a CEO – working for one tech monolith, but living worlds apart.

    Vaults Festival 2018

    Published in Arete Magazine, Spring/Summer 2017

    High Tide Rehearsed Reading

    Short play

    Southwark Playhouse
    Arcola Theatre

    Short play

    Theatre 503, Battersea