Bryan Elsley

Bryan Elsley

Bryan Elsley (born 17 May 1961, Dalkeith) is a television writer, known most notably for the co-creation of channel 4 teen drama Skins with his son, Jamie Brittain. Other television dramas include "40", "Rose and Maloney", "Nature Boy", "The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star", "The Crow Road", "Govan Ghost Story"

While a student at The University of York, Elsley met and collaborated with Harry Enfield. [cite news
last = Edwards
first = Gareth
title = Bryan's had to Bare all in skins
work = Edinburgh Evening News
publisher = Johnston Press
date = 2007-01-20
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accessdate = 2007-12-31
] They created a comedy duo, "Dusty and Dick", and performed a sell out show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Elsley took up a career in theatrical writing, and then pursued television writing after parting from Enfield.

For 3 years Elsley was artistic director of Pocket Theatre Cumbria, which was based at Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre. [cite news
title = Nature Boy (1999)
work = Cumbria on film
publisher = BBC Cumbria
date = 2007-10-23
url =
accessdate = 2007-12-31
] At that time he was also writing episodes for TV series "Casualty" and "London's Burning". These, and his short film "Govan Ghost Story" (1989), opened up other opportunities for other television writing. Elsley's big break came when he was commissioned by the BBC him to adapt Iain Banks's novel "The Crow Road" for television.

Bryan Elsley has four children. He lives in [Kentish Town] , London.

Film and television work

* "The Crow Road" (1996)
* "The Young Person's Guide To Becoming A Rock Star" (1998)
* "Nature Boy" (1999)
* "Complicity" (2000)
* "40" (2003)
* "Rose and Maloney" (2002–2005)
* "Skins" (2007)


External links

* [ Bryan Elsley at IMDB]

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