As a child, television played a big part in Kirstie’s life, as she used to recreate Father Ted scenes with her sisters and friends, which they filmed on the school video camera. She also appeared to take being told off for secretly watching Eastenders as a call to action and now has a writing credit for the soap.
After writing for continuing dramas, Kirstie’s breakthrough moment and in her words, the best thing that ever happened to her, was getting her original comedy-drama Pure greenlit. Pure is about a young woman who has OCD with sexual obsessions, which deeply affects her daily life and relationships. Kirstie wrote all six episodes of Pure and was an associate producer on the show, meaning she was able to influence not only the script but the casting, direction, edit decisions and more. Kirstie feels that the Pure team were able to make entertaining television while highlighting serious mental health issues and achieving that balance was a great accomplishment for them all. She’s now lead writer on comedy drama Sweetpea for Sky Atlantic and will serve as an executive producer.
She’s particularly thrilled about being able to work alongside other Breakthrough Brits in the hopes of collaborating one day because as much as she loves her work, being a writer can be quite a solitary experience. She’s also looking forward to introducing herself as ‘Breakthrough Brit Kirstie Swain,’ pretty much everywhere she goes.