Jeremy Dyson

Jeremy Dyson was born, raised and educated in Leeds. He studied art at Leeds College of Art, Philosophy at Leeds University and completed an MA in script-writing at the Northern School of Film and TV. In 1995 he formed the comedy group The League of Gentlemen with Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. The League went on to enjoy a highly successful ten year career appearing on stage, radio, TV and film – winning among others the Perrier award, the Rose d’Or, and Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards for best TV comedy. In 2017 they reformed to make three special episodes of the show to celebrate their 20th anniversary at the BBC. The specials were well-received by delighted fans and were followed by a sell-out UK live tour in 2018.

In addition to his work with the League, Jeremy co-created the BAFTA-nominated comedy drama series Funland (2005, with Simon Ashdown), was script editor and co-writer of BBC1’s BAFTA award-winning Armstrong and Miller Show (2007-2010), and co-creator, co-writer and director of Sky Art’s hit comedy series Psychobitches (2012-2014) – a second Rose d’Or winner for Dyson. In addition he was script editor on the hit BBC shows, Grandma’s House, The Wrong Mans, Bad Education and the Emmy nominated Tracey Ullman’s Show.

Jeremy has written four books, Never Trust a Rabbit (2000), What Happens Now (2006), The Cranes that build the cranes (2009), which won the Edge Hill award for short fiction and most recently The Haunted Book (2012) published by Canongate.

In 2002 he made his first foray into directing – with a short film adaptation of Robert Aickman’s The Cicerones for Film 4, an official selection at the Edinburgh Film Festival that year. In 2010 he co-wrote and co-directed with Andy Nyman the original production of Ghost Stories which broke box-office records at the Liverpool Playhouse and Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith before transferring to the Duke of Yorks and then the Arts Theatre in the West End where it ran until 2015. In 2018, the film version of Ghost Stories, also written and directed by Andy and Jeremy, starring Andy, Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse, was released internationally to much critical acclaim, garnering a coveted ‘Certified Fresh’ label from the website ‘Rotten Tomatoes’. The stage version of Ghost Stories has been produced in Canada, Russia, China, Australia, Norway and Finland – and was revived again in the UK in 2019 by its originating theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith.

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