James Graham is a playwright and film and television writer who won the Pearson Playwriting Bursary in 2006 and went on to win the Catherine Johnson Award for the Best Play in 2007 for his play Eden’s Empire.
James’ play This House premièred at the Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and transferred to the Olivier in 2013 where it enjoyed a sell out run and garnered critical acclaim and a huge amount of interest and admiration from current and former MP’s for his rendition of life in the House of Commons. It went on to have an Olivier-nominated sell-out revival in the West End in 2017.
Ink, his play about the early days of Rupert Murdoch, opened to critical acclaim at the Almeida and transferred to the West End in September 2017 where it played in the theatre next door to his new play Labour of Love – creating theatre history. Ink is playing at the Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway and is nominated for six Tony awards.
He has written the book for Finding Neverland the musical with music by Gary Barlow. It opened in Boston in Summer 2014 and transferred to Broadway in Spring 2015.
His play The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse aired in real time on TV in the final 90 minutes of the 2015 polling day and was nominated for a BAFTA.
James’ first film for television, Caught in a Trap, was broadcast on ITV1 on Boxing Day 2008. His single film Coalition on Channel 4 won plaudits for its retelling of the 2010 general election and the formation of the coalition government. His most recent film for Channel 4, Brexit: An Uncivil War, tapped into a national conversation, garnering huge public attention and critical acclaim.
His film X and Y has been produced by Origin Pictures and BBC Films and was on the prestigious ‘Brit List’, the list of the best unproduced screenplays in the UK. It opened in cinemas in Spring 2015 starring Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins & Eddie Marsan. He is currently developing films with Lenny Abrahamson, Paul Greengrass and Jeremy Herrin.