Philip was born in 1964 in the East End of London where he still lives and works. He studied painting at St Martin’s School of Art and his work has been exhibited widely throughout Europe and Japan.
As well as three books for adults - and the highly acclaimed screenplay for the The Krays feature film (winner of The Evening Standard Best Film of the Year Award) - he has written ten adult stage plays: The Pitchfork Disney, the multi-award-winning The Fastest Clock in the Universe, Ghost from a Perfect Place, Vincent River, the highly controversial Mercury Fur, Leaves of Glass, Piranha Heights, the hugely successful Tender Napalm (nominated for the London Fringe Best Play Award), and most recently the critically acclaimed Shivered.
His latest play Dark Vanilla Jungle will premiere at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Philip Ridley has also written several plays for young people: Karamazoo, Fairytaleheart, Moonfleece, Sparkleshark, Brokenville, and most recently Feathers in the Snow.
He has written many books for children, including Scribbleboy (shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal), Kasper in the Glitter (nominated for the Whitbread Prize), Mighty Fizz Chilla (shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award), ZinderZunder, Vinegar Street, Zips’Apollo and the bestseller Krindlekrax (winner of both the Smarties Prize and WH Smith’s Mind-Boggling Books Award), the stage play of which – adapted by Philip himself – was premiered at the Birmingham Rep Theatre in the summer of 2002.
Philip has also directed three feature films from his own screenplays: The Reflecting Skin - winner of eleven international awards (including the prestigious George Sadoul Prize) - and The Passion of Darkly Noon (winner of the Best Director Prize at the Porto Film Festival) and, most recently, Heartless (winner of The Silver Meliers Award for Best Fantasy Film), starring Jim Sturgess and Noel Clarke.
Philip has won both the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Newcomer to British Film and Most Promising Playwright Awards. The only person ever to receive both prizes.
Adult Stage Plays
- The Pitchfork Disney
- The Fastest Clock in the Universe
- Ghost from a Perfect Place
- Vincent River
- Mercury Fur
- Leaves of Glass
- Piranha Heights
- Tender Napalm
10. Dark Vanilla Jungle
Plays for Young People
- Feathers in the Snow
Plays for Children
- Daffodil Scissors