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Samantha Neale

  • Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards: Bonafide Films, 2020
Samantha Neale

Samantha has been working as an actor for 11 years and writing for the stage for 2 years. Samantha’s theatre credits include: Iris, Nativities and The Girls from Poppy field Close at Live Theatre, Newcastle; Bobby Robson Saved my Life at Customs House, Tyne Theatre and Ipswich Regent; Down to Zero and Walter at Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle; 1916 No Turning Back at Gala Theatre, Durham. Her television credits include: Vera, Married Single Other, Eternal Law (ITV); Holby City, Wolfblood, Doctors (BBC).

Sam has written short plays that have been produced professionally at Live Theatre, Alphabetti Theatre and The Exchange, all Newcastle.

Samantha’s debut short play Elliot was nominated for the Emerge Creative Writing Prize in 2018. Her play Familiar completed a week long run at Alphabetti as part of their 3 Shorts programme in September, 2019. Samantha’s first full-length play, Last Seen, Bensham Road, debuted at Live Theatre’s Elevator Festival, March 2020. She wrote and performed the piece as well as securing arts council funding for the project.


“I am over the moon to be given this opportunity at this early stage in my writing career. Commissions for 30-something, Geordie Actor-Mams with a passion for horror are (weirdly) few and far between. Winning this award will enable me to develop my skills as a writer and create connections within the industry that I might never had made otherwise. I can’t wait to get started and share my work with the world, thank you NWN!”

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