Writer for film and television

Tom Butterworth is a writer for film and television, who was behind the award-winning Mojo (which he wrote with his brother Jez), and the dark comedy Birthday Girl, starring Nicole Kidman.

Since 2007, he has been writing with Chris Hurford. Together they have written on a number of television series including Ashes to Ashes, and the final two part episode for series 18 of Silent Witness.

They are currently working on the second series of Fortitude for Fifty Fathoms and Sky Atlantic and the major new series Tin Star for Kudos and Sky. They are also developing their original drama The Few, about gangsters in Soho set during the Second World War.




Producer Ileen Maisel
Director Christopher N. Rowley
  • Joan Collins
  • Anne-Marie Duff
  • Sadie Frost
  • Dominic Monaghan
  • Adaptation of the book by Georgia Byng co-written with Chris Hurford

    Amber Entertainment
    Producer Various
    Director Doug Lefler
  • Colin Firth
  • Ben Kingsley
  • Kevin McKidd
  • Feature film based on the Italian novel of the same name
    The Weinstein Company
    Dino de Laurentiis Company
    Director Jez Butterworth
  • Vincent Cassel
  • Ben Chaplin
  • Kate Lynn Evans
  • Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Feature film about a mail order bride

    Miramax Films
    Mirage Enterprises
    Producer Eric Abraham
    Director Jez Butterworth
  • Ewan Bremner
  • Aiden Gillen
  • Ian Hart
  • Ricky Tomlinson
  • Film adaptation of Jez Butterworth's play about a double-dealer who jeopardizes the lives of a 1950s London rock star and his entourage

    Channel Four Films
    Mojo Films
    Producer Roger Brown
    Director Marc Munden
  • Jason Durr
  • Sean Gallagher
  • Henry Goodman
  • Hans Matheson
  • Film Four
    World Productions
    Director David Giles
  • Roger Alborough
  • Linal Haft
  • Sion Tudor Owen
  • Tat Whalley
  • Carlton Television
    Producer Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner
    Director Beeban Kidron
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Sienna Miller
  • Chris O'Dowd
  • An account of counterculturalist Richard Neville's misadventures in London at the end of the 1960s
    Universal Pictures
    Working Title
    Feature film adaptation of the Ken Follett book
    Universal Pictures
    Dino De Laurentiis Productions
    In development


    Writer & Creator 

    10 x 60'
  • Eleanor Worthington-Cox
  • David Morrissey
  • Kelly Reilly
  • New series co-created with Jez Butterworth set in Britain during the Roman invasion

    Vertigo Films

    Original series set during the Blitz and following gangsters in Soho co-created and co-written with Chris Hurford

    In development


    Tin Star
    3 x 60'
    Creator Rowan Joffe
  • Tim Roth
  • Genevieve O'Reilly
  • Abigail Lawrie
  • Crime series set in a remote mountain town filled with migrant oil workers

    Kudos Film and Television for Sky Atlantic
    Creator Simon Donald
    Director Hettie Macdonald
  • Richard Dormer
  • Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
  • Sienna Guillory
  • Episode 2 of 12 part drama set in the Arctic. 

    Fifty Fathoms for Sky Atlantic
    Producer Madonna Baptiste
    Director Mark Everest
  • Emilia Fox
  • Richard Lintern
  • David Caves
  • Liz Carr
  • Toby Wharton
  • Co-writing with Chrus Hurford on the crime drama

    BBC Productions for BBC1
    Creator Simon Donald
    Director Hettie Macdonald & Nick Hurran
  • Richard Dormer
  • Christopher Eccleston
  • Michael Gambon
  • Sofie Grabol
  • Stanley Tucci
  • Episodes 5 & 8 of 12 part drama set in the Arctic. 

    Tiger Aspect for Sky Atlantic
    Producer Sharon Bloom
    Director David Drury
  • Emilia Fox
  • David Caves
  • Richard Lintern
  • Liz Carr
  • Rob Compton
  • Tom co-wrote the two-part series finale with Chris Hurford
    BBC Productions for BBC1
    Producer Gina Cronk
    Director Jon Jones
  • Andrew Buchan
  • Polly Dartford
  • Trixiebell Harrowell
  • Jack Huston
  • Historical drama set during the Great Fire of London in 1666

    ITV Studios for ITV
    Producer Philippa Braithwaite
    Director Ben Bolt
  • Eileen Atkins
  • Caroline Catz
  • Martin Clunes
  • John Marquez
  • Two episodes of the medical comedy drama series 

    Buffalo Pictures for ITV
    Producer Kerry Appleyard
    Director Julian Simpson
  • Adrian Lester
  • Robert Glenister
  • Matt Di Angelo
  • Television drama about a group of con artists
    Kudos Film and Television for BBC 1
    1 x 90'
    Producer Ben Evans
    Director Jeremy Lovering
  • Nick Frost
  • Vincent Kartheiser
  • Emma Pierson
  • Nathan Stewart-Jarret
  • Adaptation of Martin Amis' 1980's novel of the same name
    BBC Productions for BBC 2
    Ashes to Ashes: Series 3, Episode 5
    Nominated for Writer's Guild Best TV Drama Series, 2010
    1 x 60'
    Producer Howard Burch
    Director Jamie Payne
  • Philip Glennister
  • Keeley Hawes
  • British science fiction and police drama series
    Kudos Film and Television for BBC1
    1 x 60'

    Co-written with Chris Hurford for Armstrong and Miller

    In development
    Modern adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel
    In development
    Modern reworking of Alexandre Dumas' novel
    Cliffhanger Productions
    In Development

    Second series co-created with Jez Butterworth set in Britain during the Roman invasion

    Vertigo Films

    Third series co-created with Jez Butterworth set in Britain during the Roman invasion

    Vertigo films
    In development