Jez Simons

Jez Simons
© Kev Ryan
Jez Simons, a graduate of the University of Leicester, worked in two successful inner-city drama departments before launching his stage-writing career.

His winning entries to the Royal Court and Royal Shakespeare emerging writers' initiatives led to a commission for Battersea Arts Centre, which subsequently became resident at the Soho Poly Theatre.

Simons was then contracted by the BBC to write for what was then a relatively new series: Eastenders. His first episode was watched by 19 million people and he became a regular visitor to Albert Square. He was also a writer on Emmerdale for four years.

Reluctant to leave Leicester, the theatre or his department, he combined all three. This led to eleven successful, professionally-produced stage commissions and the creation of his own company, now an Independent Pearson/Edexcel Centre.

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