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Simon Blackwell

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Simon Blackwell is an Oscar-nominated and two-time Emmy-winning screenwriter and showrunner.

He is currently show running Season 3 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'.

Season 2 of the equally acclaimed Channel 4 and Sundance sitcom Back, which Simon created for David Mitchell and Robert Webb, aired last year to great success.

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 British Independent Film Awards and the Writers Guild Great Britain 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 a 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'.

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 - 3) (Television)

Writer and Co-creator

2020 - 2022


Avenue 5 (Seasons 1 & 2) (Television)

Writer and Executive Producer

2020 - 2021


Back (Seasons 1 & 2) (Television)

Writer and Creator

2017 - 2020

Big Talk Productions

The Personal History of David Copperfield (Film)

Writer and Executive Producer


Veep (Television)

Writer / Executive Producer

2012 - 2015




Simon Blackwell and Armando Iannucci Awarded at Writers' Guild Awards

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

'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


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