Sheffield Made Writers and Directors

The School of English is proud also to have been part of the story of a wide range of award winning writers and directors.

Lucy Prebble

Lucy Prebble

BA English Literature 2002

Screenwriter and playwright

Lucy Prebble is a successful playwright and screenwriter, best known for writing on Succession, I Hate Suzie, and for creating the television series Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Her theatre work includes ENRON and A Very Expensive Poison. In 2018 Lucy was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Stephen Daldry

Stephen Daldry

BA English Literature 1982, Hon LittD 2001

Director and producer

Stephen Daldry is a BAFTA, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony and Laurence Olivier award-winning winning theatre and film director and producer. He started his career at Sheffield's Crucible theatre. His work includes the films Billy Elliott, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and the Netflix series, The Crown.

Jack Rosenthal

Jack Rosenthal, CBE (1931-2004)

BA English Literature 1953, Hon LittD 1998


Jack was one of the early writers for Coronation Street, writing almost 130 episodes. Following this, Jack branched out into a variety of television dramas including The Dustbinmen and The Lovers, as well as his most successful drama: Bar Mitzvah Boy, for which he won three BAFTA awards.

Peter Cheeseman

Peter Cheeseman, CBE (1932-2010)

BA English Literature, History and Latin 1955, Dip Ed 1956

Theatre director

Peter was a celebrated theatre director with a career spanning over 400 productions over 36 years. He was a pioneer of theatre in the round and led the first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round in Europe. In 1998, he was appointed CBE for his services to drama, and in 2009, he received the Young Vic award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to theatre-making in the UK.

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Ade Solanke

BA English Literature, 1984


Ade Solanke wrote for the student newspaper Darts and believes that her Sheffield experiences laid the foundation for her career in telling stories. Her debut play, Pandora’s Box, sold out in London before touring nationally and was nominated as Best New Play at the Off West End Theatre Awards. Ade has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and held the position of the British Film Institute writer-in-residence.