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Suhayla El-Bushra

Suhayla El-Bushra

Suhayla is an experienced playwright and screenwriter, with an MA in Screenwriting. 

Her most recent screen credits include two seasons of Ackley Bridge (The Forge/Channel 4), on which she is also served as executive producer. She also wrote a short film called Bush (Neon Films) for Channel 4, and she was commissioned to write an episode of Becoming Elizabeth (The Forge/Starz). Previously, she was a core writer on Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures/Channel 4), writing 26 of its episodes over a two-year period and contributing ideas to many more in the writers’ room. She has written episodes for another long-running soap Doctors (BBC), too. She added some extra experience in the 2019 writers’ rooms for Neil Jordan’s Riviera (Archery Pictures/Sky Atlantic) and Nida Manzoor’s BAFTA-winning We Are Lady Parts (Working Title/Channel 4). 

Suhayla’s theatre work include  Arabian Nights (Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), Cuckoo (Unicorn Theatre), The Iphigenia Quartet (Gate Theatre, London), The Kilburn Passion (Tricycle Theatre), The Long Song (Chichester Festival Theatre), Pigeons (Royal Court Theatre) and  The Suicide (National Theatre).  

She is currently working on a screenplay with Neon Films, as well as developing original ideas and scripts for film and television. 

Agent: Georgina Ruffhead, The Haworth Agency