Jonathan has written two musicals with Pet Shop Boys and his play Beautiful Thing was made into a feature film for Film Four. It went on to win many awards internationally, and Best Film at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
For television, Jonathan is on the writing team of Coronation Street and Call The Midwife. He has also written the BAFTA nominated sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme and Beautiful People (Best Comedy, Banff TV Festival). Other TV work includes Rev, the Catherine Tate Show, Tracey Ullman’s Show, Shameless and At Home With The Braithwaites.
Jonathan won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Continuing Drama in 2109 for his Coronation Street episode about the aftermath of Aidan’s suicide, also the British Soap Award for Best Episode and the British Soap Award for Best Scene for Gail’s monologue. The monologue was also nominated for a BAFTA for TV Moment of the Year.
With Stephen K Amos, Jonathan co-wrote 3 series of the radio sitcom What Does the K Stand For?
He has also written six novels, all published by Pan Macmillan: All She Wants, The Confusion of Karen Carpenter, The Girl Who Just Appeared, The Secrets We Keep, The History of Us and The Years She Stole.
Jonathan is a director of Moodswings, a Manchester based charity which helps people recover from mood problems and the severe emotional distress they can cause.