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Frank Cottrell Boyce
Author and Screenwriter
Frank Cottrell Boyce started his career as a staff writer on ‘Brookside’, set in Frank’s native Merseyside. His career has been peppered with awards, highlights include the Academy-Award nominated ‘Hilary and Jackie’, and his six collaborations with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom, including ‘24 Hour Party People’ and ‘A Cock and Bull Story’. His first book for children ‘Millions’ (2003) won the CILIP Carnegie medal and was turned into a movie directed by Danny Boyle. ‘Framed’, Frank’s second novel, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award and the Guardian Prize and his third, ‘Cosmic’, was short listed for the Guardian Prize and the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize. ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again’ released in 2011 was also short listed for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize the following year. Danny Boyle asked Frank to be part of the creative team of the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. Frank worked on the project for two years as the official scriptwriter. When the ceremony was broadcast to an estimated global audience of 1 billion people it was met with an overwhelmingly positive reaction, its place in history assured by its bonkers, enthusiastic and incredibly British sensibility.