Helen Ekundayo The Director
Helen Ekundayo

William Nicholson The Playwright
William Nicholson was born in 1948, and grew up in Sussex and Gloucestershire. He joined BBC Television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were Sweet As You Are and The March.
In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society's Writer's Award.

His adaptation of Shadowlands for the stage, was his first play and was Evening Standard Best Play of 1990, and went on to a Tony Award winning run on Broadway. His other plays include Map of the Heart, Katherine Howard, The Retreat from Moscow, and Crash.

His film credits include: First Knight, Gladiator (as co-writer), Elizabeth: the Golden Age, Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Unbroken.

He has also written many novels and lives in Sussex with his wife, the social historian Virginia Nicholson.

Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn fast.