Nick is a playwright and screenwriter who won the prestigious George Devine Award in 2009 with his play If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. It was produced at the Bush Theatre in October 2009, directed by Josie Rourke and starring Rafe Spall. In 2012 it went to the Roundabout Theatre, New York, starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Michael Longhurst.

Nick studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of York, making his debut at the Royal Court theatre in September 2010 with his comedy Wanderlust. In January 2012, Nick's play Constellations opened at the Royal Court Upstairs starring Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins and directed by Michael Longhurst. Constellations transferred to the West End in November 2012 where it received universally glowing reviews. It also won the Evening Standard Best Play Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play. In 2015 Constellations transferred to Broadway. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, and directed by Michael Longhurst, it won outstanding reviews.

Jake Gyllenhaal carried on to star in Nick's play A Life, which ran at The Public Theater and on Broadway in 2019 and was nominated for several Tony Awards.

Nick also writes for film and TV. His debut series Wanderlust starred Toni Collette and Steven Mackintosh as Joy and Alan, a couple in search of ways to save their marriage. The show was produced by Drama Republic and directed by Luke Snellin, airing on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix for the rest of the world.

Nick adapted Julian Barnes's The Sense Of An Ending for BBC Films which was released in 2017 with Jim Broadbent starring and Ritesh Batra directing. He is currently developing film and television projects in the UK and the US.




Director Carrie Cracknell
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • A meditation on how we say goodbye to those we love most, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

    The Public Theater and Broadway
    Director Doug Hughes
  • Geneva Carr, Charlie Cox, Heather Lind, Morgan Spector
  • Manhattan Theatre Club, New York
    Director Josie Rourke
  • Barbara Flynn
  • Zoe Wanamaker
  • Nina Sosanya
  • A moving story of three women who’ve made the choice between love and survival.

    Donmar Warehouse
    Director Michael Longhurst
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Ruth Wilson
  • A relationship between a man and a woman plays out in multiple different ways in parallel universes

    Constellations has been nominated for the Drama League Awards 2014-2015 for Outstanding Production of a Broadway of Off-Broadway Play and Distinguished Performance Award. 

    Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Broadway
    Part of the Open Court season
    The Royal Court
    Producer HighTide/nabokov/Live Theatre Newcastle in association with the North Wall
  • Paul Hickey
  • Amelia Lowdell
  • Alison O'Donnell
  • Sargon Yelda
  • New commission premiering at HighTide Festival 2014 focusing on identity

    The Bush
    Director Carrie Cracknell
  • Marion Bailey
  • Ruth Sheen
  • Claire Skinner
  • Created with Carrie Cracknell, play exploring contemporary gender politics

    Shed, National Theatre
    Director John Crowley
  • Monica Dolan
  • Isabella Laughland
  • Nigel Lindsay
  • Play set in the world of compensation claims and injury lawyers. 

    Nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2014. 

    Donmar Warehouse
  • Annie Funke
  • Michelle Gomez
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Brian F. O'Byrne
  • American début of Nick's incisive look into an ordinary family
    Roundabout Theatre, New York
    Director Clare Lizzimore
  • Lucy Phelps
  • Angela Terence
  • Andy de la Tour
  • Susan Wooldridge
  • Play about how bereavement fractures a family

    Hampstead Theatre
    Director Carrie Cracknell
  • Natasha Broomfield
  • Madeleine Potter
  • Alex Price
  • Martin Turner
  • New adaptation of the Greek myth
    Gate Theatre, London
    Director Simon Godwin
  • Charles Edwards
  • Pippa Haywood
  • Isabella Laughland
  • Nick Payne's Royal Court debut is a comic look at sex and intimacy
    The Royal Court
    Director Clare Lizzimore
  • Maia Alexander
  • Andrew Sheridan
  • Play about the impact of the Second World War on the lives and loves of two people
    Sheffield Theatres/Paines Plough
    If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet
    Winner: The George Devine Award
    Director Josie Rourke
  • Michael Begley
  • Ailish O'Connor
  • Rafe Spall
  • The Bush Theatre
    Director Kate Wasserberg
    Hightide Theatre Festival, Suffolk
    Constellations (1)
    Nominated: Evening Standard Best Play
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Rafe Spall
  • Play exploring love and free will through quantum phsyics
    The Royal Court


    Writer & Creator 

    Adaptation of Rupert Thomson novel. 

    See-Saw Films
    In Development
    6 x 60'
    Producer Roanna Benn, Kate Crowther
    Director Luke Snellin, Lucy Tcherniak
  • Toni Collette
  • Steven Mackintosh
  • Zawe Ashton
  • Royce Pierreson
  • Drama Republic for BBC One, Netflix


    Director Dominic Savage
  • New series, for which Nick wrote 'The Dilemma' and 'The Return'

    Working Title Television for BBC



    Producer Judy Counihan

    Feature adaptation of book by Ben Brooks

    Film Four
    In development
  • Felicity Jones
  • Shailene Woodley
  • Joe Alwyn
  • Nabhaan Rizwan
  • Ncuti Gatwa
  • Adapted from JoJo Moyes' best-selling novel

    Blueprint Pictures
    Creator Julian Barnes
    Director Ritesh Batra
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Charlotte Rampling
  • Michelle Dockery
  • Emily Mortimer
  • Billy Howle
  • Adaptation of Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize winning novel. Released in 2017.

    BBC Films
    Origin Films
    Director Carrie Cracknell
  • Hattie Morahan
  • Short film in response to Ibsen's A Doll's House
    The Space
    Young Vic



    Director Sasha Yevtushenko
  • Amaka Okafor
  • James Lailey
  • Susie Riddell
  • Karl Theobald
  • Second part of Vital Statistics, about Agent Y who uses his statistical superpowers to intervene in troubled relationships

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    A short piece as part of a collection of 10 writers different perspectives on love

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Producer Sasha Yevtushenko

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Producer Sasha Yevtushenko
  • Olivia Coleman
  • Ralph Ineson
  • Nishi Malde

  • Broadcaster BBC Radio 4