James Graham is a playwright, and film and television writer. His play This House premiered at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and transferred to the Olivier in 2013 where it enjoyed a sell out run and garnered critical acclaim and a huge amount of interest and admiration from current and former MP’s for his rendition of life in the House of Commons. It went on to have an Olivier-nominated sell-out revival in the West End in 2017 and it was chosen by popular vote as the best play of the 2010’s for the major theatre publisher Methuen.
Ink, his play about the early days of Rupert Murdoch, opened to critical acclaim at the Almeida and transferred to the West End in September 2017 where it played in the theatre next door to James’ other new play – political romantic comedy Labour of Love – creating theatre history. Labour of Love went on to win an Olivier Award. Ink went on to transfer to Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway and be nominated for six Tony Awards.
James wrote the book for Finding Neverland the musical, which had music by Gary Barlow. It opened in Boston in Summer 2014 and transferred to Broadway in Spring 2015.
His first film for television, Caught in a Trap, was broadcast on ITV1 on Boxing Day 2008. His single film Coalition aired on Channel 4 and won plaudits for its retelling of the 2010 general election and the formation of the coalition government.
His most recent film for Channel 4, Brexit: An Uncivil War, tapped into a national conversation, garnering huge public attention and critical acclaim. It was broadcast on Channel 4 and HBO, and starred Benedict Cumberbatch. It coincided with James being featured on the leading arts programme Imagine. The show explored James’s influences and his influence. It was nominated for an Emmy for Best Single Film.
His film X and Y was produced by Origin Pictures and BBC Films and starred Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins & Eddie Marsan. He is currently developing films with Lenny Abrahamson, Paul Greengrass and Jeremy Herrin and adapting his play Ink into a screenplay.