Henrietta & Jessica Ashworth

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Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Annie Shipton

Film, TV & Theatre

Screen’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ 2012; Broadcast ‘Hotshots’ 2013; and listed in the BBC’s New Talent Hotlist in 2017, Jessica and Henrietta wrote their first script THE SHAKESPEARE CLUB – a farce about authorship controversy – aged 15. Their script OLIVIA AND JIM came third on the Brit List 2011. Following on from their TV work on the third series of FRESH MEAT and the BAFTA-winning DIXI, the Ashworths wrote on the second series of Phoebe Waller Bridge’s BAFTA-winning KILLING EVE for the BBC.

Their feature work includes an adaptation of QUEEN’S GAMBIT by Elizabeth Fremantle, that tells the story of Katherine Parr – the last wife of Henry VIII – which is in development with Gaby Tana and Karim Ainouz is attached to direct. QUEEN’S GAMBIT was featured on the Brit List 2018. That same year, their debut feature TELL IT TO THE BEES, adapted from Fiona Shaw’s novel of the same name, premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Produced by Daisy Allsop, Riverstone and the BFI, the film is directed by Annabel Jankel and stars Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger. 

Upcoming projects include an adaptation of David Gaffney’s graphic novel THE THREE ROOMS IN VALERIE’S HEAD for Wall to Wall, a dark comedy about relationships, memory, loneliness and obsession that explores the ways we remain haunted by our ex-lovers; an adaptation of Abrose Parry's The Way Of All Flesh for Sunny March; and FAERIE QUEEN a new series for The Henson Company and Amazon.

The Ashworths are now developing their debut directorial feature SIREN, about a young girl who develops terrifying powers, and have recently finished their short film NIGHTBUS. Both projects were produced by Helen Gladders of Gingerbread Pictures.

In Development

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FAERIE QUEEN

2021

The Henson Company / Amazon

Executive Producers / Showrunners. With visionary illustrator Brian Froud.

DO NO HARM

2021

Sky / SunnyMarch

Adaptation of Ambrose Parry's The Way Of All Flesh

QUEEN'S GAMBIT

2021

Gaby Tana

Adaptation of Elizabeth Fremantle's novel, which looks at the life of Henry VIII's last wife, Katherine Parr. Produced by Gaby Tana. Featured on the Brit List 2018. With Karim Ainouz directing.

SIREN

2021

Gingerbread

Directors. About a young girl who develops terrifying powers

THE ISLAND

2021

World Productions

Episode 3

I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW

2021

Warp

Original series

THREE ROOMS IN VALERIE'S HEAD

2021

Wall to Wall

Adaptation of David Gaffney's graphic novel Three Rooms in Valerie's Head

Film

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TELL IT TO THE BEES

2020

Archface/BFI/Riverstone

Feature adaptation of Fiona Shaw's book of the same name, directed by Annabel Jankel and starring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger. World premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Showcased at the 33rd BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2019

Television

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KILLING EVE Series Two

2019

Sid Gentle/BBC America

Episode 3, 'The Hungry Caterpillar'

DIXI (Series 2)

2015

Kindle Entertainment/CBBC

Series 2 of the BAFTA-winning online show

2014

Kindle Entertainment/CBBC

Winner of Best Children's Interactive Show at BAFTA's Children's Awards 2014

FRESH MEAT (Series 3)

2013

Objective Productions/Channel 4

Episode 3

Short Films

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NIGHTBUS

2019

Gingerbread

Directors. Horror film written by Jade Alexander

FAN GIRL

2015

Writer. Co-producers. Directed by Kate Herron and starring Steve Oram, FAN GIRL follows a group of super-fans who break into the house of a faded 90's popstar. Nominated for Best Comedy and Best Woman Director at the 2016 London Short Film Festival; nominated for the Discovery Award at LOCO Comedy Festival; nominated for the Grand Prix Award at Encounters Short Film Festival; nominated for Best Comedy and People's Choice Award at Aesthetica Film Festival; Screened at the East End Film Festival and Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival where it was nominated for Best Short Film