Josh Merritt

Writer / director

Represented by

Andrew Mills

Heralded by Jack Thorne as "a tremendous talent", Josh is a neurodivergent / disabled (autistic/dyspraxic) Screenwriter currently writing for HOLLYOAKS. His BBC drama film BREATHE has been screened widely through BAFTA- and BIFA-qualifying Oska Bright Film Festival. In development are an original series with Further South Productions, a short film with Simon Smith (BAFTA/Emmy-winning editor of CHERNOBYL), and a feature film with Nigel Cole (CALENDAR GIRLS, MADE IN DAGENHAM). Josh’s debut play MADDIE had a sold-out run at Arcola Theatre and LondonTheatre1 gifted it a 4* review. Josh was awarded Arts Council England funding to write & direct a remotely-shot comedy, VODKA PANTS, starring David Schaal (THE OFFICE). He has been a commissioned playwright with Boundless Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre and is a founding member of the Barbican Young Filmmakers for whom he created UNLEASHED, which The Independent reviewed 5*. Josh's writing-directing work was awarded a ‘Best Film Noir’ commendation from the producers of Hollywood classic SIN CITY. Josh is an ambassador to the BAFTA-winning TripleC / DANC (Disabled Artists Networking Community), and he performed in THEN BARBARA MET ALAN (BBC / Netflix). He has also written for Rory Bremner on BBC Radio 4, who hailed Josh as an "exciting & talented writer".

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