Photo by Keri Davies

Photo by Keri Davies

Tim Stimpson was born in Wolverhampton and was brought up in the new town of Telford in Shropshire. In 1998 he made the long and arduous journey all the way to Birmingham.

Tim had always imagined he’d become a director or an actor, but while studying English and Drama at the University of Birmingham he became interested in writing. Having taken a module taught by the playwrights Mark Ravenhill and Fraser Grace, Tim decided to stay on and do an MPhil in Playwriting Studies. During this time he was writing trial scripts for Radio 4’s The Archers and just a few weeks after leaving university he was asked to join the team.

When Tim isn’t writing The Archers (or Ambridge Extra) he also writes for theatre and television. Between 2003 and 2010 he worked extensively with Net Curtains Theatre Company, first becoming an associate writer and then co-artistic director. He is now a member of Bold Text Playwrights, a group of professional Midlands-based playwright looking to create new platforms for their work. Tim also does the occasional bit of acting, most recently at the Birmingham Rep for their Grass Roots new writing programme. In his spare time he keeps himself busy as Deputy Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. He also sits on the Guild’s Radio Committee, West Midlands Branch Committee and is a member of the West Midlands Screenwriters’ Forum.

Tim still lives in Birmingham with his wife, his daughter and his cat Daphne.