Like many of the writers and performers she now works with, Lydia’s career began in live production where she started out as a runner on Just For Laughs Live. Lydia learned quickly that she loved working with smaller, emerging acts where her skills as a creative producer could be put to use. In those early days, Lydia spent many evenings in rooms above pubs watching small sketch shows, plays and new stand-ups. It was in those venues that she scouted talent to develop and take to the Edinburgh Fringe. To Lydia’s credit, a lot of those people went on to work in television, and although she was happy for them, she couldn’t help but feel she was missing out on the next parts of their journeys.
That would all change when Harry and Jack Williams, of production company Two Brothers, asked Lydia to produce a read-through of a comedy programme they were working on. The show was Fleabag, and although Lydia hadn’t worked with creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge before, she’d seen and loved her one-person show of the same material. For Lydia, the prospect of working with Phoebe for television was amazing.
After the read-through, Lydia would ultimately be hired to produce Fleabag’s BAFTA-nominated first series, making her one of the UK’s most exciting new creative producers. With a second series of Fleabag and a four-part drama for ITV in the works, Lydia is fired up to continue finding new talent and shepherding their work to the screen.