Holly Boyden

Holly Boyden

Television Development Assistant / Assistant Script Editor

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

I'm Holly, currently a shadow Script Editor on the Channel 4Screenwriting Course 2020 and the full-time Development Assistant at Three Tables Productions, a London based indie who prioritise diversity and difference and are drawn to audacious methods of storytelling. Prior to this I worked at Sky Drama as their inhouse Reader and Commissioning Assistant.

I'm also a writer originally from Nottingham, trained on the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama's MA Acting (Contemporary) programme as well as at Goldsmiths, University of London where I earnt a first class honours in English and Drama. I am multilingual, speaking and writing Spanish with a near-native proficiency.

I had the good fortune to begin my career in TV development working as a freelance script reader, a role which led me to spend three months full-time as an inhouse Commissioning Assistant, Reader and Table Read Co-ordinator at Sky Drama. From 2017-2019 I worked predominately as a freelance script reader for Sky, Magic Light Pictures, Playground Entertainment and Chapter One as well as writing and developing my own work.

I was recently been awarded the East Midlands' In Good Company TAKE OFF Bursary as well as an Arts Council England Project Grant to develop my debut play, It Kind of Looks Like a Doughnut. The play negotiates sexuality, grief and sexual health, couching each of these things in the wisdom of ancient celtic mythology and spirituality. The play was created during my time on the Soho Writers' Lab 2017-18 and was scratched/performed at Spotlight as part of Actor Awareness' Women's Night; BITS at The White Bear Theatre in Kennington; SLAMminutes Does Sex at The Pleasance and most recently enjoyed a full week in funded R&D at The Rosemary Branch Theatre as part of the Shrill Voices Initiative. An extract of the piece also went on to win the Triforce Monologue Slam three-minute round in October 2018. Thanks to the TAKE OFF Bursary, Doughnut had its first couple of outings as a fully-fledged piece, first at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2019, after which it transferred to the Arena Theatre Wolverhampton in October 2019. 

I trained as an actor at Central but writing was why I got into acting, and I see making my own work as crucial to challenging and developing myself in the direction that I have always believed I was meant to go in. I love, and want to be a part of making resonant, terrifying, socially and politically motivated work. I'm passionate about ancient and contemporary stories, new ways of telling them, and priortising lower social class, LGBTQ and mental health narratives. I want to scare myself and push myself creatively whilst having the support of others, and supporting other people in their work.

 

Work History

Shadow Script Editor - Channel 4Screenwriting Course 2020

Jan 2020 - Present

Development Assistant - Three Tables Productions

Apr 2019 - Present

Script Reader - Playground Entertainment

Mar 2019 - May 2019

Script Reader - Chapter One Productions

Jun 2018 - May 2019

Script Reader - Magic Light Pictures

Nov 2017 - May 2019

Script Reader - Sky Drama

Sep 2017 - May 2019

In-house Development Assistant and Reader - Sky Drama

Oct 2018 - Feb 2019

Box Office Assistant - Barbican Centre

Oct 2017 - Nov 2018

Bookshop Assistant - National Theatre

Jun 2014 - Jun 2016

Bookseller - Waterstones (Nottingham Bridlesmith Gate)

May 2012 - Jan 2014

Education

Acting - MA - Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Sep 2016 - Aug 2017

English Literature and Drama - BA (Hons) First Class - Goldsmiths, University of London

Sep 2012 - Jun 2015

Fine Art - Level 3 Foundation Diploma - West Nottinghamshire College (Vision West Notts)

Sep 2011 - Jun 2012

Skills

  • Acting
  • Copy Writing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Acting for Camera
  • Box Office
  • Comedy
  • Copy-editing
  • Creative writing
  • Criticism
  • CRM
  • Development
  • Devising
  • Diary Management
  • Directing
  • Dramaturgy
  • Final Draft
  • Final Draft Revisions
  • Hospitality
  • iOS
  • Microsoft Office
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Producing
  • Proofreading
  • Runner
  • Script and Screenwriting
  • Script and Story Development
  • Script Development
  • Script Editing
  • Script Reading
  • Spanish
  • Stage Combat
  • Theatre
  • Ticketing
  • Yoga

Portfolio

Network