Roy Williams began writing plays in 1990 and is now arguably one of the country's leading dramatists. In 2000 he was the joint-winner of The George Devine Award and in 2001 he was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. He was awarded the OBE for Services to Drama in the 2008 Birthday Honours List and was made a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature in 2018.
His plays include: DEATH OF ENGLAND (Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre) THE FIRM (Hampstead Theatre, Downstairs), SOUL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF MARVIN GAYE (Royal and Derngate/ Hackney Empire, ANTIGONE (Pilot Theatre/UK Tour), WILDEFIRE (Hampstead Theatre) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART (Theatre Centre), an adaptation of THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER (Pilot Theatre/ UK Tour), SUCKER PUNCH (Royal Court Theatre, nominated for Olivier Award for Best Play), KINGSTON '14 (Theatre Royal Stratford East), CATEGORY B (Tricycle Theatre), ANGEL HOUSE (Eclipse Theatre, UK Tour), DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE (RSC), JOE GUY (Tiata Fahodzi), THERE'S ONLY ONE WAYNE MATTHEWS (Polka Theatre), BABY GIRL (NT Connections), ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (Lyric Hammersmith), LITTLE SWEET THING (Nottingham Playhouse), SLOW TIME (NT Education), FALLOUT (Royal Court Theatre), SING YER HEART OUT FOR THE LADS (NT), CLUBLAND (Royal Court Theatre), THE GIFT (Birmingham Rep/Tricycle Theatre), LOCAL BOY (Hampstead Theatre), SOULS (Theatre Centre), LIFT OFF (Royal Court) , STARSTRUCK (Tricycle, Winner of John Whiting Award, Alfred Fagon Award & EMMA Award for Best Play), JOSIE'S BOY (Red Ladder Theatre Co), THE NO-BOYS CRICKET CLUB (Theatre Royal, Stratford East) and ). He also contributed to the Royal Court's PECKHAM THE SOAP OPERA.
His work for television includes LET IT SNOW (Endor Productions/Sky), FALLOUT (Company Pictures/ Channel 4, Screen Nation Award for Achievement in Screenwriting), OFFSIDE (BBC, Winner of BAFTA Children's Film & TV Award for Best Schools Drama) and BABYFATHER (BBC). For film he has co-written FAST GIRLS (DJ Films).
For radio, his work includes adaptations of ER Braithwaite's A CHOICE OF STRAWS and TO SIR WITH LOVE and John Wyndham’s THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS as well as original plays TELL TALE and HOMEBOYS. He has also created and written seven series of INTERROGATION for BBC Radio 4.
Roy is currently working on new plays for Hampstead Theatre, Out of Joint, Lyric Hammersmith and the National Theatre. For screen, he is developing feature films with Big RIch Films and Fred Films and he is also working on an original series with The Lighthouse.
SUCKER PUNCH - Nominated for Best New Play at Olivier Awards and the Evening Standard Awards, 2011
OFFSIDE - BAFTA Award for Best Schools Drama, 2002
CLUBLAND - Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, 2001
LIFT OFF - Joint Winner of The George Devine Award, 2000
STARTRUCK - Alfred Fagon Award, 1996