Biography

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. In the fifteen years since Tim has also written for EastEnders and Doctors (both on BBC1) as well as devising four seasons of Ambridge Extra  (BBC Radio 4 Extra).

In 2017 Tim was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award for ‘Best Series or Seria’ for his work on The Archers, which went on to win the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ and an ARIA for ‘Radio Moment of the Year’.

When Tim isn’t writing TV or radio he writes for theatre. Between 2003 and 2010 he worked extensively with Net Curtains Theatre Company, first becoming an associate writer and then co-artistic director. His plays have been performed at the Soho Theatre, the Southwark Playhouse, the Arcola Theatre, Studio Salford, Old Joint Stock, New Wolsey Studio and Margate’s Theatre Royal. He is now a member of Bold Text Playwrights, a group of professional Midlands-based writers whose work is performed regularly at the Birmingham Rep.

In his spare time he keeps himself busy as Deputy Chair of the West Midlands branch the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, having previous been Deputy Chair of the union and sat on its radio committee. He is also a member of the West Midlands Screenwriters’ Forum.

Tim still lives in Birmingham with his wife and his daughter.

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