Poliakoff, Stephen

Stephen Poliakoff is a director, playwright and scriptwriter who was famous as a television dramatist. Poliakoff was born in West London in 1952 to Anglo-Jewish and Russian-Jewish parents. At the age of 24, Poliakoff became a writer-in-residence for the National Theatre. He wrote more than 20 plays. Poliakoff’s TV dramas have received critical acclaim. Shooting the Past (1999) won the Prix-Italia and was a highly acclaimed drama. This was followed by The Lost Prince (2003), which won an Emmy Award, and featured a Golden Globe-nominated performance by Miranda Richardson.

Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge (2013) was broadcast by the BBC and won a Golden Globe. Poliakoff worked on Close to the Enemy (2016) which is set in a post-World War II London.

Due to all of his contributions to the theatre, Poliakoff was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2007.

For more information visit http://www.stephenpoliakoff.com.


—. Plays 1: Clever Soldiers Hitting Town; City Sugar; Shout Across the River; American Days; Strawberry Fields. London: Methuen Drama, 1990.

—. Plays 2: Breaking the Silence; Playing with Trains; She’s Been Away; Century. London: Methuen Drama, 1994.

—. Plays 3: Caught on a Train; Coming in to Land; Close My Eyes. London: Methuen Drama, 1998.