Ashley Pharoah (born 13 September 1959) is a British screenwriter and television producer. He is best known as the co-creator/writer of the successful drama series Life on Mars, which began on BBC One in 2006, and creator/writer of the family drama Wild at Heart, which aired on ITV1 from 2006 until 2012.
|Born||13 September 1959|
Southampton, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Screenwriter and television producer.|
|Education||Queen Elizabeth's Hospital; University Of Sussex; National Film And Television School.|
|Genre||Drama, science fiction|
|Notable works||Life on Mars|
Ashes to Ashes
Wild at Heart
|Notable awards||International Emmy|
Pharoah was born in Southampton but grew up in Nailsea, North Somerset. He attended Waycroft Junior School in Stockwood and continued at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, an independent school in Bristol.
Pharoah played rugby for Wimbledon and began his television writing career on the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 1991, on which he worked for four years and where he met co-writer Matthew Graham. He went on in 1994–1995 to contribute five episodes to the popular BBC One drama series Casualty and four episodes to Silent Witness (1996).
For ITV he created the long-running series Where the Heart Is, for which he wrote episodes from 1997 to 2000, and created the BBC One TV programme Down to Earth in 2001. Among other work in the early 2000s he scripted an adaptation of Tom Brown's Schooldays, starring Stephen Fry, for the ITV1 network in 2005.
Meanwhile, Pharoah, Matthew Graham and veteran Eastenders writer Tony Jordan spent years co-creating Life on Mars, which was first shown in 2006, and Pharoah contributed episodes to both series of the show. Other work around this time included creating the series Wild at Heart (2006 – present) for Company Pictures and adapting Under the Greenwood Tree for Ecosse Films.
In 2006 he formed Monastic Productions with Matthew Graham. Monastic Productions is involved in the Life on Mars spin-off Ashes to Ashes and co-produced Bonekickers, a six-part drama series about archaeology, set in Bath, Somerset. Both series are productions for BBC One. He has won two International Emmys for "Life on Mars", a series which was remade for ABC in America, starring Harvey Keitel.
In 2010 Pharoah adapted Case Histories, the novel by Kate Atkinson, for the BBC. It stars Jason Isaacs and was a co-production between Monastic Productions and Ruby Television. Other work around this time include "Eternal Law" for ITV and an adaptation of "Moonfleet" for Sky, starring Ray Winstone. His series "The Living And The Dead", starring Colin Morgan, was screened on BBC1 in the summer of 2016.
In February 2011 Pharoah was made an Honorary Fellow of the National Film and Television School; this is awarded "in recognition of outstanding contribution to the British film and television industry".
In a ceremony at Bath Abbey in 2016, Pharoah was made a Doctor of Letters by Bath Spa University for his contribution to screenwriting and television production.
Awarded the Hamilton Deane Award by the Dracula Society for "The Living And The Dead" in 2016
|Where the Heart Is||
|Down to Earth||
|The Eustace Bros.||
|Tom Brown's Schooldays||
|Under the Greenwood Tree||
|Wild at Heart||
|Life on Mars||
|Ashes to Ashes||
|The Living and the Dead||
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1989||Gold Hugo||Water's Edge||Best Short Film (with Suri Krishnamma)||Nominated|
|2006||TV Quick Awards||Life on Mars||Best New Drama (with Matthew Graham and Tony Jordan)||Nominated|
|2007||Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Writer's Award (with Matthew Graham and Tony Jordan)||Won|
|2007||TV Quick Awards||Best Loved Drama (with Matthew Graham and Tony Jordan)||Nominated|
|2007||Edgar Allan Poe Awards||Life on Mars: "Episode 1"||Best Television Episode Teleplay||Won|
|2007||Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||Life on Mars: Series 2||Soap/Series (TV) (with Chris Chibnall, Mark Greig, Matthew Graham, Guy Jenkin, Tony Jordan and Julie Rutterford)||Nominated|
|2008||Cinéma Tous Ecrans||Ashes to Ashes||Audience Award for Best International Television Series (with Matthew Graham)||Won|
|2008||Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||Television Drama Series (with Matthew Graham, Mark Greig, Julie Rutterford and Mick Ford)||Nominated|
|2010||TRIC Awards||TV Crime Programme (with Matthew Graham and Tony Jordan)||Nominated|
|2010||TV Quick Awards||Best Drama Series (with Matthew Graham)||Won|
|2010||Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||Television Drama Series (with Matthew Graham, Julie Rutterford, Tom Butterworth, Chris Hurford, Jack Lothian and James Payne)||Nominated|
|2011||TRIC Awards||TV Drama Programme of the Year (with Matthew Graham)||Nominated|
- Internet Movie Database
- Bristol Evening Post 15 July 2008
- Internet Movie Database; Monastic Productions biography Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Monastic Productions
- "Jonathan Ross and Ashley Pharoah Awarded NFTS Honorary Fellowships". National Film and Television School. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- Ashley Pharoah on IMDb
- Ashley Pharoah interview at the Wayback Machine (archived 17 May 2006) at bbc.co.uk.
- British stars dominate Emmy TV awards
- Interview with Ashley Pharoah by Montse Bru
Jonathan Ross, OBE
| NFTS Honorary Fellowship