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Tara Byrne

Tara was inspired to become a writer at 13 when penning a comedy version of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs for a school production. The ensuing collaborative process became the most addictive aspect for Tara - hence her love of continuing drama and shows such as Grange Hill, Hollyoaks and Hollyoaks Later, for which she's received numerous commissions. One of her episodes was recently reprised on Hollyoaks Favourites.

Tara's currently enjoying developing a 6-part series with experienced 1st AD, Helen Ostler, and actress Eva Pope. It's a large-scale drama focussing on gender, politics and the end of the British Empire. In addition Tara's pilot for a 30-minute comedy Head is available now - also her hard-hitting, 1-hour pilot Dolls and her YA hour-long series The UnGone.

In her student days Tara won the Lloyds Bank/C4 Film Challenge with Balloons - a 10-minute original short that had a small West End screening, going on to be shown at International Festivals. She's developed a feature, written a book, judged writing schemes and made promos for bands such as The Raincoats and solo artists like PJ Harvey - but writing drama is her first and favourite game.