Originally from Coventry in the UK, Sophie McVeigh graduated with Distinction from the London Film School’s Screenwriting MA in 2017 and went on to be selected for the inaugural Canneseries Institute writers’ residency in 2018, where she developed her original television series Woke. She then worked for Climax Films, Belgium, as a junior writer on the television thriller series in development An Ordinary Citizen. On her return to the UK, Sophie was signed to Independent Talent and began working with Bright Shadow Films as head writer on Pearl Hart, a trilogy of period-set western films. At the same time, she has been working on several television series concepts, two of which she is currently in talks to develop with European and UK production companies.
Having previously lived and worked in Seville and Paris, she is interested in English-language drama with a European connection, and she recently developed the Paris-set series It Could Have Been Us with her Paris-based co-writer. She is also part of the World’s Writers Room project, working with over 40 writers from across the world on an anthology series inspired by the recent pandemic. She regularly translates screenplays from French and Spanish and has worked as a script doctor and reader for Leonine Studios, Munich, Cocktail Productions, Paris, and Temple Productions, Algeria. She has also worked closely with the Oscar-winning Chilean screenwriter Gonzalo Maza on many of his English-language projects, including the translation and subtitling of his directorial debut Ella es Cristina, which won the Jordan Ressler Award for Best First Work at the Miami International Film Festival. Sophie is a mentor to students on the London Film School’s Screenwriting MA program and sits on the school’s Industry Advisory Panel.