Dana Fainaru

Writer

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Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Jessie Lowe

Film, TV & Theatre

Since graduating from the BBC Writers Academy in 2004, Dana has written extensively for all four of the BBC Continuing Dramas and has written more than 40 episodes as a core writer of both CASUALTY and HOLBY CITY. She won the Writers Guild Award, the MIND Mental Health in the Media Award and was shortlisted for The Broadcast Award for her Special mental Health Episode of CASUALTY – ‘Place of Safety.’

She has wrote two episodes for the latest series of DEATH IN PARADISE. Her second episode aired last year guest starring Tara Fitzgerald. Her work includes AFTERBIRTH (Feature length BBC commission), SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS (BBC Radio 4), CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE (BBC Radio 4) and she has developed original material with Noho, Red Planet Pictures and ITV Studios among others.

Previously, Dana worked extensively as a theatre director – most notably as Associate Director of Contact Theatre, Manchester, for which she wrote and directed the award-winning YOU HANG UP FIRST (Manchester Evening News Award for Best New Play). Other work includes a Writers Attachment at the National Theatre Studio, and as Director: THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Nottingham Playhouse), THE JAIL DIARY OF ALBIE SACHS (Salisbury Playhouse), MY CHILDREN, MY AFRICA (Salisbury Playhouse), ONE DAY IN OCTOBER (Riverside Studios) and THE VOODOO PHENOMENON OF ZOMBIE for Universal Grinding Wheel (Pleasance Edinburgh). She has a large body of work on the London Fringe as well as being staff director at the Royal National Theatre.

She lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, two boys and their dog. Her greatest achievement to date remains hosting Top of the Pops on Israeli National Television.

Television

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CASUALTY

BBC

Multiple episodes

HOLBY CITY

BBC

Multiple episodes

DEATH IN PARADISE

BBC

4 x 60' episodes

AFTERBIRTH

BBC

Script commissioned

Theatre

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YOU HANG UP FIRST

Contact Theatre, Manchester

Manchester Evening News Award for Best New Play

THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Nottingham Playhouse

As Director

THE JAIL DIARY OF ALBIE SACHS

Salisbury Playhouse

As Director

MY CHILDREN, MY AFRICA

Salisbury Playhouse

As Director

ONE DAY IN OCTOBER

Riverside Studios

As Director

THE VOODOO PHENOMENON OF ZOMBIE

Universal Grinding Wheel (Pleasance Edinburgh)

As Director

Radio

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CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE

BBC Radio 4

SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS

BBC Radio 4