Marnie Dickens

Photo by Charlie Clift

Photo by Charlie Clift

Marnie Dickens is the creator and writer of the drama Thirteen, starring Jodie Comer, which aired on BBC3 player, BBC2, and BBC America. Dickens was selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2015 and as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2016. She has a number of projects currently in development, including the period drama series Forty Elephants with Mainstreet Pictures/Hammer and an adaptation of best-selling sci-fi novel, Aurora, with EOne/Origin, in addition to projects with Big Talk, ABC, Working Title, and World Productions. 

On the inspiration behind Thirteen:
There are obviously many real-life cases of abduction, but I was always fascinated by the aftermath. The miraculous escape. The supposed “happy ending.” I wanted to interrogate how that would look—whether anyone can come back into a life that had been put on hold and live it again. Fully. The notion of stunted adolescence really interested me; Ivy's taken at such a formative age, and then experiences such a warped version of reality, that she becomes almost frozen in time as the 13-year-old girl she was. It was through her interactions with Tim that I explored that the most.

On the forthcoming Forty Elephants
Forty Elephants is a series about these real women who ruled whole swathes of London's underworld in the twentieth century. They were thieves, con-artists, the toughest of criminals. The show is about them as a family, why these women have been pushed into living these lives, and why society has no place for them. ★