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Robin French
Born Robin Edward Mackender French
Birmingham, England, UK
Occupation Playwright, writer

Robin French (born 1978, Birmingham) is an English playwright, film and television writer and songwriter.


French was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Selwyn College, Cambridge University where he graduated with first-class honours in 2001.[1]

While at Cambridge he was active in the Cambridge Footlights[2] and won two play-writing competitions.[3]



French is currently writer in residence at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. His version of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, "Heather Gardner", will be produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in March 2013.[4] French's first play, Bear Hug,[5][6][7][8] won the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Programme and was subsequently produced at the theatre. It has since had productions in Italy, Germany, Ireland[9] and Poland. His second play, Gilbert is Dead[10] performed at Hoxton Hall in Shoreditch, London, in November 2009. His play for young people The Red Helicopter was performed at the Almeida theatre, London, in August 2010. The Guardian listed French as one of the UK's "young stars in the ascendant" in 2005.[3]


French also writes for television. His latest sitcom Cuckoo (TV series), co-written with Kieron Quirke, has started to air on BBC Three this Autumn, starring Andy Samberg, Greg Davies, Helen Baxendale, Tamla Kari and Tyger Drew-Honey.[11] He has twice been awarded the title of Hotshot (representing UK writing) by Broadcast Magazine (2006 and 2008[12]).

French was writer and script editor for two series of BBC’s Man Stroke Woman, co-creator of US sitcom Roommates (ABC Family), and co-creator and co-writer of ITV2's mystery dramedy Trinity.


French spent several years in the music industry as bassist of UK band Mr Hudson and the Library.[13] French played under the alias Maps Huxley, and co-wrote the song "One Specific Thing" from the album A Tale of Two Cities.[14] He left the band to pursue writing in September 2007. He recently co-wrote the opening song of Pixie Lott's latest album Young Foolish Happy with Mr Hudson, Cathy Dennis and Pixie Lott.


  1. ^ "Congregations of the Regent House on 28, 29, and 30 June 2001". Cambridge University Reporter. 
  2. ^ http://footlights.org/1990.html
  3. ^ a b Phillips, Sarah (25 September 2005). "Other young stars in the ascendant". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "New Artistic Director Roxana Silbert Announces Birmingham Rep’s Exciting 100th Birthday Season". Birmingham Repertory Theatre (Birmingham). September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Paul (18 October 2004). "The Weather/Bear Hug, Royal Court, London". The Independent (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Spencer, Charles (13 October 2004). "Terror in a teenage climate". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Billington, Michael (11 October 2004). "The Weather/Bear Hug". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Performing Arts Journal, Beyond Timidity? The State of British New Writing, volume 81, pp55-61
  9. ^ http://www.bewleyscafetheatre.com/previous.php
  10. ^ "Gilbert was Dead". shiningman.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Greg Davies and Andy Samberg to star in BBC comedy Cuckoo". Guardian. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Robin French, 29, writer". Broadcast. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Mr Hudson & The Library Biography". NME. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  14. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1024271

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Daytona Beach News-Journal
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 07:55:13 -0800

Information: Robin French at 386-490-4527 or robin@delandchamber.org. Send us your events. Email notices of upcoming business events for possible inclusion in the calendar at least 10 days in advance of the event to mybusinessnews@news-jrnl.com.

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Hertfordshire Mercury
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 01:22:30 -0800

Kyle Hughes was replaced by Robin French at hooker due to injury. Soon after this, Legends scored the first try of the match when Charlie Parkhouse spotted a gap and dived over in a corner to make it 5-0. The hosts went down to 14 men when a yellow ...
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Cost: Free, lunch available for purchase. Information: Robin French at robin@delandchamber.org. DAYTONA REGIONAL CHAMBER: Regional Business Connections South Group, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Panhead's Pizzeria, 4085 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange ...

Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:02:50 -0800

Members of all four societies were particularly thanked: Tom and Joyce Bettinger, Terry Bossert, Norene Drewicz, Dick and Kathy Faist, Michael and Robin French, Dick and Dolly Flasck, Paul and Carol Hood, Walter Palicki, Herman Steele, Larry and Kathy ...


Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:05:56 -0700

A high-profile French prosecutor has told the world that pilot Andreas Lubitz purposely crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps. The plane crashed on March 24 with all 150 on board perishing. According to the plane's black box recorder, ...

Fayetteville Observer

Fayetteville Observer
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:01:35 -0700

Cindy Robinson, Robin French, Angela Stangl and Cathy Hardin recently joined the Fayetteville branch of Local First Bank. Robinson is vice president and has 38 years of banking experience; French is a branch officer with 42 years of banking experience; ...

Peterborough Examiner

Peterborough Examiner
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:33:45 -0700

Members of the Peterborough Canadian Tire peewee Tigers include (front, l-r) Dan Milburn, Jordan Sciuto, Robin French, Dylan Brown, Steve Garvey, Josh Patel, Emmett Shannon, Gavin Winsor, (middle, l-r) head coach Aaron Gilmore, coach Todd Murray, ...

Peterborough Examiner

Peterborough Examiner
Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:33:45 -0700

In game one, Jordan Scuito and Murray each had one double and one single while Robin French and Adam Gilmoure had two singles and Garvey, Miele, Winsor and Brown had one single each. French, Gilmoure and Scuito each had two RBIs while Garvey, ...

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