16 Facts About Abi Morgan


Abigail Louise Morgan was born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1968.


Abi Morgan is the daughter of actress Pat England and theatre director Gareth Morgan, who was director of the Gulbenkian Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne.


Abi Morgan's parents divorced when she was a teenager and her childhood was spent moving around the country while her mother acted in repertory theatre; she told The Scotsman in 2010 that she had attended seven separate schools during her childhood.


Abi Morgan's sister is the fundraiser at London's Unicorn Theatre.


Abi Morgan then took a postgraduate writing course at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


Abi Morgan has written plays for the Royal Exchange Studio Theatre Manchester, the Royal Lyceum Theatre, the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Court, London.


Abi Morgan has since written a number of single dramas for television including Tsunami: The Aftermath, White Girl, part of White and Royal Wedding, which follows the 1981 Royal Wedding through the perspective of events held in a small Welsh mining village.

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Abi Morgan's first continuing drama series was The Hour, set in a BBC newsroom during the 1956 Suez Crisis.


Abi Morgan wrote the legal drama The Split, about the private and professional lives of divorce lawyers, first shown on BBC1 in April 2018.


Abi Morgan has said that she always puts one line from her last film in her next film.


Abi Morgan's next film, The Invisible Woman, was an adaptation of the book of the same name by Claire Tomalin, about the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan, which lasted for thirteen years until his death in 1870.


The film was released to critical acclaim in 2013, but its production was reportedly strained after clashes between lead actress Kristin Scott Thomas and Abi Morgan on set, the source of which was never disclosed.


In May 2022, Abi Morgan released a memoir entitled This Is Not a Pity Memoir, in which she discusses her husband's battle with encephalitis and Capgras delusion.


Abi Morgan wrote a memoir, This Is Not a Pity Memoir, describing these experiences.


In January 2020, Abi Morgan said that she was recovering from breast cancer.


Abi Morgan was appointed OBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours, "For services to Theatre and Screenwriting".