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Matthew Greenhalgh (born 1972) is an English screenwriter from Manchester, England.[1][2] He is best known for writing the screenplay to the film Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, which earned him a BAFTA Award nomination Best Adapted Screenplay.[3]

Matt Greenhalgh
Born1972 (age 46–47)
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Nicola Shindler


Early life and educationEdit

Greenhalgh was born in Salford in the Greater Manchester area of England, to Philip Greenhalgh and Rita Greenhalgh (née Roberts).[1] He grew up in Prestwich in North Manchester.[4][5]

Greenhalgh graduated from St Bede's College, Manchester and Loreto College, Manchester. He attended Warrington Collegiate Institute with a focus in media studies.[4] He graduated from the University of Chester where he studied print media.[1][6]


Greenhalgh started out writing reviews for the Manchester magazine, City Life.[2][7]

Greenhalgh got his start working in television on the Channel 4 TV series Hollyoaks and Brookside as a runner.[2] From 1999 to 2000, he worked as an assistant director on the British TV show, Queer as Folk. He was first assistant director on the 2000 TV show, Fat Friends, and on 2001's Clocking Off.[8]

In 2002, Greenhalgh wrote for the BBC TV series, Clocking Off. In 2003, he wrote one of the 90 minute episodes of the last series of the ITV series, Cold Feet. He worked as a writer and director on series 1 and 2 of the BBC3 series, the Mancunian Burn It,[9] and then as a writer and director on the Channel 4 series, Legless.[10]

Greenhalgh's film writing debut was a biopic of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, the 2007 film Control,[7] which was directed by Anton Corbijn.[11] He was awarded the Carl Foreman BAFTA award at the 61st British Academy Film Awards,[12] and was nominated for Best Screenplay at the British Independent Film Award for his work on the film. Control was adapted from the book, Touching From a Distance, written by Ian Curtis' wife, Deborah Curtis.[13]

Greenhalgh wrote the 2009 film Nowhere Boy, about a young John Lennon, which was directed by Sam Taylor Wood and starred Aaron Johnson.[14][15] The film was nominated for a BAFTA and a BIFA for Best Screenplay.[16]

In 2010, Greenhalgh wrote and directed the short film, Acid Burn, which starred Agyness Deyn and Matthew Beard.[17] In 2011, he wrote the script for the short film, Supermarket Girl, which starred Matthew Beard and Nichola Burley.[10]

He wrote the screenplay for the 2013's The Look of Love, a film about the famous British pornographer Paul Raymond,[18] directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan and Anna Friel which premiered in Sundance Film Festival 2013 and Berlin Film Festival 2013.[19][20]

Greenhalgh wrote the 2017 Paul McGuigan film, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell and Julie Walters.[21] was nominated for BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Personal lifeEdit

Greenhalgh is married to British television producer Nicola Shindler,[22] with whom he has two daughters and a son.[23]



  • 1999-2000: Queer as Folk (TV Series) – Third Assistant Director (8 episodes); First Assistant Director (2 episodes)
  • 2000: Fat Friends (TV Series) – First Assistant Director (3 episodes)
  • 2001: Clocking Off (TV Series) – First Assistant Director (1 episode); Written by (1 episode)
  • 2003: Cold Feet (TV Series) – Written by (1 episode)
  • 2003: Burn It (TV Series) – Written by (15 episodes)
  • 2005: Legless (TV Movie) – Writer, Director
  • 2007: Control – Screenplay
  • 2009: Nowhere Boy – Screenplay
  • 2010: Acid Burn (Short) – Writer, Director
  • 2011: Supermarket Girl (Short) – Director[26]
  • 2012: Move On – Writer
  • 2013: The Look of Love – Written by
  • 2017: Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool – Screenplay

Selected works and publicationsEdit

  • Greenhalgh, Matt (5 October 2007). "Putting the pieces of Ian Curtis back together". The Guardian.
  • Greenhalgh, Matt. Nowhere Boy (Shooting script)|format= requires |url= (help). New York: The Weinstein Company. OCLC 801279263.


  1. ^ a b c Hume, Lucy, ed. (2017). "Greenhalgh, Matt". Debrett's People of Today 2017. London, UK: Debrett's Peerage Limited. ISBN 978-1-786-84310-4. OCLC 985347513.
  2. ^ a b c Hopkins, Ben (22 March 2011). "How To Write A Music Biopic: A masterclass with Matt Greenhalgh". Clash Magazine.
  3. ^ a b "The Shape of Water leads Bafta nominations". BBC News. 9 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b Hemley, Matthew (5 October 2007). "Control begets success - Matt Greenhalgh". The Stage.
  5. ^ "Telly talk: Splash and burn!". Manchester Evening News. 16 February 2007.
  6. ^ Williams, Alex (16 June 2010). "Nowhere Boy graduate in global demand". University of Chester.
  7. ^ a b Hardy, Sarah (30 January 2012). "Brief Encounter with BAFTA Award Winning Matt Greenhalgh". FMS Magazine.
  8. ^ Greenhalgh, Matt (11 February 2010). "Nowhere Boy writer Matt Greenhalgh visits UCLan" (Video). University of Central Lancashire.
  9. ^ "Telly Talk: Why Ash is red hot". Manchester Evening News. 16 February 2007.
  10. ^ a b "Matt Greenhalgh, Writer / Director". Independent Talent. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Getting inside Ian". BBC Manchester. 28 October 2014.
  12. ^ Parfitt, Orlando (10 February 2008). "BAFTA Report". IGN.
  13. ^ Ivory, William; Hetreed, Olivia; Greenhalgh, Matt (29 July 2011). "The Truth Is Out There: Writing from real life" (Video panel discussion). BAFTA.
  14. ^ Johnson, Andy (26 December 2009). "Nowhere Boy review, bringing John Lennon home to Liverpool". Purple Revolver.
  15. ^ Gritten, David (17 December 2009). "Matt Greenhalgh interview for Nowhere Boy". The Daily Telegraph.
  16. ^ a b "2009 Awards: Nominations: Best British Independent Film – Nowhere Boy". British Independent Film Awards. 2009.
  17. ^ "Supermodel Agyness Deyn takes short cut to movie fame". Manchester Evening News. 2 June 2010.
  18. ^ Bourne, Dianne (24 April 2013). "Thumbs up from Steve Coogan at premiere of his film Look of Love". Manchester Evening News.
  19. ^ "Matt proves he's going somewhere". Manchester Evening News. 17 December 2009.
  20. ^ Vincent, Tom; Greenhalgh, Matt (12 April 2013). "The Look of Love screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh at Bradford International Film Festival 2013" (Video). National Science and Media Museum.
  21. ^ Pape, Stefan; Greenhalgh, Matt (13 September 2017). "Matt Greenhalgh: Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Premiere Interview at TIFF17" (Video interview). HeyUGuys.
  22. ^ Billen, Andrew (November 2016). "Discovering Nicola Shindler: the UK's most secretive TV exec". Royal Television Society.
  23. ^ Hume, Lucy, ed. (2017). "Shindler, Nicola". Debrett's People of Today 2017. London, UK: Debrett's Peerage Limited. ISBN 978-1-786-84310-4. OCLC 985347513.
  24. ^ "2007 Awards: Nominations: Achievement in Production – Control". British Independent Film Awards. 2007.
  25. ^ Brett, Anwar (23 December 2011). "Matt Greenhalgh - Carl Foreman Award Winner in 2008". BAFTA.
  26. ^ "Matt Greenhalgh: Supermarket Girl, Short Film from ASFF". Aesthetica Magazine. 25 May 2013.

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