Nick Payne


Nick Payne is a playwright and screenwriter who won the prestigious George Devine Award in 2009 with his play “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet”. It was produced at the Bush Theatre in October 2009, directed by Josie Rourke and starring Rafe Spall. In 2012 it went to the Roundabout Theatre, New York, directed by Michael Longhurst.

He studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of York, making his debut at the Royal Court theatre in September 2010 with his comedy “Wanderlust”. In January 2012, Payne’s play “Constellations” opened at the Royal Court Upstairs starring Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins and directed by Michael Longhurst. “Constellations” transferred to the West End in November 2012. It won the Evening Standard Best Play Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play. In 2015 “Constellations” transferred to Broadway, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, and directed by Michael Longhurst.

He also writes for film and television. His debut series “Wanderlust” starred Toni Collette and Steven Mackintosh as Joy and Alan, a couple in search of ways to save their marriage. It was produced by Drama Republic and directed by Luke Snellin, airing on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix for the rest of the world.

Payne adapted Julian Barnes’s “The Sense Of An Ending” for BBC Films, which was released in 2017 with Jim Broadbent starring and Ritesh Batra directing. He is currently developing film and television projects in the UK and the US.

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