Steven Moffat OBE
Steven Moffat is one of Britain’s most eminent television writers. In recognition of this Steven was presented with the RTS Judges Award for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Television’ in 2011.
His two-part story The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances for series one of BBC One’s revival of Doctor Who (starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper) won him much acclaim, including the award for ‘Television Moment of the Year’ and the first of three HUGO Awards. He then wrote The Girl In The Fireplace for series 2, with David Tenant as the Doctor; Blink for series 3 and the two-part Silence In The Library for Doctor Who series 4. He has since taken over the role of Executive Producer and Chief Writer for Doctor Who.
Steven wrote the feature screenplay for the Golden Globe-nominated Tintin, commissioned by Steven Spielberg via Spielberg’s company Dreamworks SKG.
Sherlock, a multi-award-winning, contemporary take on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, was created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for Hartswood Films, and is produced by Sue Vertue for BBC One. Steven won an Emmy award for Sherlock in the category of ‘Outstanding Writing for a Mini-Series or Movie’ for the last episode in the third series, His Last Vow – one of seven awards the series picked up at the 2014 Emmys.
Steven wrote and was an Executive Producer of Jekyll, a six-part comedic thriller starring James Nesbitt and made by Hartswood Films, which has since sold to over 27 territories.
As creator/writer of the cult BBC Two sitcom Coupling, Steven wrote 28 episodes over four series, winning the Silver Rose of Montreux 2001 and the award for Best TV Comedy at the British Comedy Awards in December 2003. Two pilots and several episodes of a US version were made by Reveille/Universal for NBC, though arguably NBC may have been better off had they screened the UK series which still has a cult following in the US via BBC America.
Steven’s first television work was as creator and writer of all 43 episodes of Press Gang, over five series – the story of a group of wayward high school students who are given a local newspaper to run – which won BAFTA and Royal Television Society Awards for Best Children’s Programme, and was nominated for two Writers’ Guild of Great Britain awards, a Prix Jeunesse and another BAFTA.
He then wrote two situation comedies for the BBC, Joking Appart (two series), which Bob Spiers directed and which won the Bronze Rose of Montreux 1995; and Chalk (two series), which caused an uproar in the teaching profession.
His other television work includes Privates, the pilot for a one-hour comedy drama, produced by Sandra Hastie of Richmond Films and Television for the ITV Network and directed by Bob Spiers; Norman At The Office, a one-off half-hour comedy starring Robert Lindsay; Overkill and Dying Live, half-hour television plays for Dawn French; and Exam Conditions, a half-hour silent film for the EBU Commission/Central Television, which won the Prix Jeunesse and Plovdiv Awards and was nominated for an RTS award.
In 2015 Steven received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to drama.
Steven is married to Sue Vertue and they have two young sons Joshua and Louis.