Simon Blackwell is an Oscar-nominated and two-time Emmy-winning screenwriter and showrunner.
He is currently showrunning Season 2 of the critically lauded FX Networks and Sky comedy 'Breeders', which he co-created with Martin Freeman and Chris Addison. With Chris he had previously created the Sky romantic comedy 'Trying Again'.
The equally acclaimed Channel 4 and Sundance sitcom Back, which Simon created for David Mitchell and Robert Webb, has just finished shooting its much anticipated second series.
2019 saw the release of the feature film 'The Personal History of David Copperfield', which Simon co-wrote with long-time collaborator Armando Iannucci. The movie has received exceptional reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and its script won Simon and Armando the Best Screenplay award at that year’s British Independent Film Awards.
Simon was a chief writer on all four series of Armando’s double BAFTA-winning political sitcom 'The Thick Of It' and co-wrote its spin-off film 'In The Loop', which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Also with Armando, Simon co-wrote the pilot episode of the HBO comedy 'Veep', and served as writer and Executive Producer on the subsequent four seasons. For this he won two Primetime Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series. Simon’s 'Veep' scripts also earned him two Writers Guild of America Awards. Simon is an Executive Producer on Armando’s latest HBO project, 'Avenue 5', which is about to shoot its second season.
Simon wrote for Chris Morris’s 2010 black comedy film 'Four Lions' alongside Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain. He had previously collaborated with them on the cult Channel 4 sitcom 'Peep Show' and BBC One’s The Old Guys' and has since written with Jesse on the latter’s Emmy-winning HBO drama 'Succession'.
Selected Credits (See Full Credits)
Breeders (Seasons 1 & 2) (Television)
Writer and Co-creator
FX & BBC
Back (Seasons 1 & 2) (Television)
Writer and Creator
2017 - 2020
Big Talk Productions
Avenue 5 (Seasons 1 & 2) (Television)
Writer and Executive Producer
The Personal History of David Copperfield (Film)
Writer and Executive Producer
Writer / Executive Producer
2012 - 2015
'Avenue 5' Renewed for season 2 at HBO
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
The Personal History Of David Copperfield takes 5 awards at BIFAs
Monday, December 2, 2019
Succession Nominated for Best Drama Series and Best New Series in 2019 Writers Guild Awards
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
'David Copperfield' is the talk of Cannes
Thursday, May 17, 2018
British Comedy Guide Awards 2017
Monday, January 29, 2018
Rave reviews for Simon Blackwell's 'Back'
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Simon Blackwell to write 'Back' for Channel 4
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Another win for Veep at Writers Guild Awards 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
VEEP wins big at last night's Primetime Emmy Awards
Monday, September 21, 2015
VEEP picks up 9 nominations in this year's EMMYS
Friday, July 24, 2015