Writer for Television and Theatre

Joseph Charlton is a multi-award winning writer from the North East. He is currently developing an eight-part television adaption of his play Brilliant Jerks with New Pictures for the BBC. He is also developing new television projects with See Saw Films, and BBC Studios. In 2018 he was selected for the BBC Drama Room scheme, and in 2019 he was selected for the BBC TV Drama Writers' Programme.

His last play, ANNA X (***** LondonTheatre1, **** The Stage, **** Broadway World), was inspired by the life of con-artist Anna Delvey, and given an Origins Outstanding New Work award by the festival. His 2018 play Brilliant Jerks (**** The Independent, **** The Stage, **** The i) sold out at the Vaults and was given a ‘Best Show’ award by the festival.

In 2017, his play Anniversary was published in the literary magazine Arete, which has previously put out new work by Tom Stoppard, Patrick Marber, Nina Raine, and others. He has written for the Arcola theatre's youth group and had short work performed at Theatre 503, Greenwich Theatre, and Southwark Playhouse.

As a journalist he has written for the i newspaper, Independent, Financial Times, Economist and Times Literary Supplement.




In development

BBC TV Drama Writers' Programme 2019.

New Pictures for BBC
In development
See Saw Productions
Our Town
In development
BBC Studios



Origins Outstanding New Work Award
Director Daniel Raggett

Immersed in an addictive world of private views, front-row
fashion shows, and endless parties, Anna and Ariel find themselves struggling for ways to keep up with New York’s dazzling social elite. A new play inspired by the life of con artist Anna Delvey.

Vaults Festival 2019
Brilliant Jerks
Best Show Award, Vaults Festival
Director Rosy Banham

Brilliant Jerks tells the story of three people – a driver, a coder, and a CEO – working for one tech monolith, but living worlds apart.

Vaults Festival 2018

Published in Arete Magazine, Spring/Summer 2017

High Tide Rehearsed Reading

Short play

Southwark Playhouse
Arcola Theatre

Short play

Theatre 503, Battersea