Anthony Horowitz is almost certainly the most prolific and successful writer in the UK. He is unique in that he works across so many media.
Once described as a “one stop crime shop”, he is responsible for writing and/or creating some of the most successful UK television series including "Midsomer Murders"; "Poirot" and "Robin of Sherwood." "Foyle's War," considered creatively his most successful series to date, has been nominated for Best Drama Series at BAFTA and Winner of the Lew Grade Audience award for BAFTA. Anthony is responsible for writing 19 out of the 22 two hour films and repositioned series 7 as an ‘Epilogue’ to the war. This was transmitted on ITV in 2010 to 6 million viewers. The series has been sold in 27 countries.
Anthony has also written other original complex dramas for ITV, particularly thrillers. "Collision," a five part “State of the Nation” piece created and written by Anthony was transmitted on ITV, and stripped across five consecutive nights in 2009 with 6.5 million viewers tuning in every evening.
His recent psychological thriller "Injustice" for ITV1 was also stripped across five nights, starring James Purefoy and Dervla Kirwan. It aired in spring 2011 to high critical acclaim. He is currently working on a 10-part drama series "Yellow Gold" for ITV1.
Anthony wrote original horror film, The Gathering, (Miramax/Granada Films, 2005), directed by Brian Gilbert, starred Christina Ricci, Ioan Gruffud, Kerry Fox, Stephen Dillane. Anthony adapted his novel STORMBREAKER, (the first book in his Alex Rider series), into a screenplay, which was released worldwide in 2006.
Most recently Anthony has written the sequel to the Tintin movie, and is currently working on the script with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. He is also working on a major feature film, Arsene Lupin, which has been recently commissioned by Lin Pictures for Warner Brothers.
Anthony is the UK’s most popular male children’s author. His ALEX RIDER series, the adventures of a teenaged spy, has sold 12 million copies worldwide. In May 2007, Anthony was named “Author of the Year” at the British Book Industry Awards --- “the Oscars of the book trade”. Anthony’s written work has enjoyed international success and is translated into 28 languages.
THEATRE & JOURNALISM
Anthony wrote "Mindgame," an original thriller for the stage which was performed in the West End in 2000; the play made its US debut in New York in 2008, and was directed by Ken Russell. Anthony’s original play A HANDBAG, written for young people taking part in the National Theatre Connections programme, was performed at the National Theatre in 2009.
Outside his film and TV, book and theatre career he has found time to pursue journalism and is now a regular contributor to numerous national newspapers --- writing features on politics, reading and education. Anthony is patron to children’s charities East Anglia Children’s Hospice and Kidscape.