THE WHITE QUEEN, Emma’s ten hour adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s best selling novels’ series ‘The Cousins War’ is coming to BBC1 this summer, directed by James Kent and produced by Company Pictures.
Emma is adapting Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel, JAMAICA INN, into a three hour drama serial for BBC1, produced by Origin Pictures/BBC Northern Ireland. She is also writing an episode of THE TUNNEL for Kudos/Sky Atlantic.
Emma’s BBC4 film CONSUMING PASSION, marking the centenary of Mills & Boon publishing, was broadcast in November 2008 to great critical acclaim. Caitlin Moran wrote in the Times 'Consuming Passion pops with focus and energy' '…wholly admirable - the kind of blue-skies thinking that's going to get us through this recession'. The Guardian said 'superb', with Sam Wollaston calling it ‘a lovely drama. Dead clever too’ and The Times gave it 5 stars, 'Frost's script was wickedly clever'.
Emma was featured in Screen International's 'Stars of Tomorrow' movie talent list 2009; she has previously developed feature film projects with Origin Pictures, Working Title and BBC Films and was commissioned to write two original pilots for the BBC, in addition to adapting Daniel Defoe’s classic novel ROXANA for BBC in-house drama.
Previously Emma was a lead writer on Channel 4's award winning SHAMELESS (series III – V) burying bodies under patios, giving blow jobs while humming the 1812 Overture, and creating a monstrous mother for Monica. Her series 5 episode, guest starring Anne Reid, was the BAFTA nominated episode at the 2009 awards. She has written on CASUALTY, MURDER IN SUBURBIA, DOCTORS and children's TV, and previous film credits include horror film THE DESCENT directed by Neil Marshall (re-write.)
Emma's darkly funny first play AIRSICK, directed by Mike Bradwell, sold out at the Bush Theatre in 2003, and Emma recently collaborated with theatre company Inspector Sands on devised piece, MASS OBSERVATION begun on a residency at The Dark Room, and which had its first run at the Almeida theatre in 2012.
Prior to becoming a writer, Emma trained as a fine artist, then worked in theatre, script editing and development. She returned briefly to script editing in 2005 to work on Julia Davis's award winning comedy NIGHTY NIGHT, and she has mentored and taught on various schemes, including Channel 4's PILOT new writers' scheme, BBC WRITERS’ ACADEMY and ARTICULATE at the National Gallery.
Emma is a trustee for the charity ANNO's AFRICA, which runs educational arts projects with orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. She produces annual comedy and art fundraising events in London for the charity, and goes out to Africa to teach theatre design, mask making and writing.
Her proudest claim to fame, however, remains that she is Sheriff of Hillsboro, New Mexico.
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