Although Laurie has always had a love for on-screen storytelling, it wasn’t until her early twenties that she fell under the spell of the TV box set. Seeing how shows like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and Sex And The City told stories over many hours, developing the audience's relationship to the characters in a deep and intimate was eye-opening, so she began to focus on writing specifically for TV.
After getting signed by an agent, Laurie found that the main obstacle was staying positive and maintaining self-belief when her projects weren’t making it out of the development stage. Eventually, her script about a sensitive teenage boy and his sex therapist mother got seen by the right people and became the runaway success that is Sex Education. Along with the producers, her focus was to start a conversation with a teen audience about how to have healthy sex and relationships, and she wanted to do it in a funny and frank way, with a cast of heartfelt characters in a world that felt aspirational.
Laurie is really excited about being able to reach out to mentors through BAFTA, in particular, talking to women who write and direct their own work for TV. Having moved her focus away from directing since becoming a writer, she would love to integrate those two skills together.