|Years active 2002 – present|
Name Chris Croucher
Movies Friend Request Pending
|Born 1 August 1981 (age 34) (1981-08-01) Guildford, England, UK|
Occupation Writer, director, producer
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
Chris Croucher (born 1 August 1981) is an English screenwriter and producer.
Croucher started writing at a very early age and earned a BA in Film Production, graduating in 2003.
After graduating he balanced his writing with a successful career as an assistant director. He worked on films and shows such as; Downton Abbey, Little Dorrit, Sense and Sensibility, Wimbledon, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Magicians, Brick Lane and 28 Weeks Later.
His first script, the noir thriller I Am Tyler Marks was given a development from Screen South and the UK Film Council in 2005. His next project; a comedy based in the horse racing world and entitled Bitter Sweet is now being developed as a Feature film.
In 2007 Chris completed a television pilot entitled Twenty Something, based on the book by Iain Hollingshead.
In 2008 Chris moved away from just writing and directed the short Film The Beachcombers which was funded by Film London via The Lewisham Film Initiative and Co-written with Mark Beynon. The romantic short starred Charity Wakefield and Rasmus Hardiker. As well as screening at festivals worldwide the film went on to win the Film London & ITV 'Best of Borough award 2008' presented at BAFTA.
Following The Beachcombers success, Chris decided to make his second short film – In Passing. The 1940s drama starred Lesley Sharp, Russell Tovey and Sean Pertwee The film has now secured distribution with Future Shorts and screened on the BBC HD channel & BBC i-Player in Autumn 2010.
In January 2010 Chris was also nominated for the BBC Writers Room – 'Tony Doyle Award For New Writing'. From hundreds of script entries his feature entitled Christie was shortlisted amongst the final seven. Later in the year he was shortlisted for the BBC Writers Academy.
In 2011 Chris wrote and produced the short film Friend Request Pending – a comedy drama about Social Networking starring Judi Dench, Penny Ryder, Philip Jackson, John Macmillan and Tom Hiddleston. The film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2011 and has since screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide. The film is now distributed by Shorts International.
In 2014/15 Chris produced seasons 5 and 6 of the global hit - 'Downton Abbey'.
2016 saw Chris produce 'The Halcyon' - a lavish eight part TV period drama for ITV (Sony & Left Bank Pictures). The show first screened in Jan 2017.