Dana
Fainaru

Writer for Film and Television

Dana is a prolific television and film writer with more than a hundred broadcast hours under her belt.

She trained at the Drama Centre London and started her career as a theatre director and dramaturg, working extensively in rep and as staff director at the RNT. She wrote her first play - You Hang Up First - when she was Associate Director at The Contact Theatre, Manchester. After winning the Manchester Evening News' Best New Play Award, she was offered a writer's attachment at the RNT STUDIO, and a place on the BBC Writers' Academy.

Since graduating from the BBC Writers' Academy in 2004, Dana has written extensively for all of the BBC's continuing dramas - most notably as a core writer on Holby City and as Lead Writer of Casualty. She has won the Writers' Guild Award for Best Episode of Continuing Drama, and the MIND Mental Health in the Media Award for her standalone special episode "Place of Safety". Dana was one of the three Casualty writers to win a BAFTA for the show in 2021, and she has also been nominated for a Broadcast Award, a Rose D'Or Award, and an RNT Award. 

Dana's other work includes the latest series of Vikings: Valhalla (MGM/Netflix), The Last Tsars (Netflix), Death In Paradise (BBC), and Riviera (Archery/Sky - writers room). She is currently adapting Significant Other from the original Israeli award-winning show (Quay Street Productions/ITV pilot commission), and her original script Boomerang (with Hamish Wright) is under option with Red Productions.

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Television

Writer 

Co-writer. Adaptation of the award-winning cult Israeli comedy-drama. Now set in Manchester, the series explores the unromantic-romance of two people who have given up on love. 

Quay Street Productions / ITV
Pilot commissioned

Storylining and writing (season 3, episode 6) of the eagerly anticipated Vikings spin-off. Launching in 2022 on Netflix.

MGM for Netflix

Storylining and writing (episodes 2 and 6) for the award-winning docudrama, which tells the story of the Romanoff family.

Nutopia for Netflix

Crime drama series set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie.

Red Planet Pictures for BBC One
BBC One
BBC One
BBC One
BBC One

Writer & Creator 

Original script, co-written with Hamish Wright. The story of four school friends brought together as adults in sinister circumstances, when their old schoolteacher commits suicide. 

Red Productions

Television film commission. Set in inner city London, a young woman regrets her decision to become a mother.

BBC Drama

Pilot commission. Inner city high school drama, centring around four outsiders who cling to each other. 

CBBC

Radio

Writer 

A married woman who cannot sleep spends her nights impersonating an A&E doctor. 


Broadcaster BBC Radio 4

A group of desperate parents hang out together in their local playground.


Broadcaster BBC Radio 4

Theatre

Writer 

Writer & Director 

Winner of Manchester Evening News' Best New Play Award.

Contact Theatre, Manchester

Director 

Writer Terence Rattigan
Nottingham Playhouse
Writer Athol Fugard
Salisbury Playhouse
Writer Athol Fugard
Salisbury Playhouse
Writer Georg Kaiser
Riverside Studios
Writer Bertolt Brecht
National tour
Staff Director 
RNT