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Biography

Stuart has written and directed theatrical film and TV dramas that have sold around the world, and won him many awards, including two BAFTAs.

 

At 13, his first film was exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival. THE VIRUS OF WAR was a thirty-minute film about a fascist outpost on British Islands in the Atlantic. It is preserved in the National Film Archive.

 

His first feature-length BBC drama, AN UNGENTLEMANLY ACT dramatised the first 36 hours of the Falklands War. Written and directed by Stuart and starring Ian Richardson and Bob Peck, it won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama and many international awards.

 

From 1994-95, Urban directed OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH starring Daniel Craig, the most successful drama for 15 years on BBC2, which won him another BAFTA for Best Drama Serial. The Guardian recently voted it the number three drama of all time.

 

In 1995, he wrote the $6 million HBO/BBC film DEADLY VOYAGE which garnered a Silver Nymph for Best Screenplay at Monte Carlo and an NAACP Nomination in the US, proving to be one of HBO’s most popular movies of the year.

 

In 1997 Stuart wrote and directed PREACHING TO THE PERVERTED, theatrically released in 23 countries and a popular title on the film festival circuit. The first movie to treat the fetish/BDSM scene, it became a cult classic, with cats, cars, clubs and cocktails named after its characters and scenes. In 2013 it became the first European movie to be restored and revived by Kickstarter fans.

 

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The story of a real double murder told in a four-part ITV drama, The Secret, written and executive produced by Stuart.

ITV The Secret written and exec produced by Stuart Urban

Acclaimed actor James Nesbitt plays Colin Howell, a respectable dentist and pillar of the community, who became a killer in partnership with a Sunday school teacher, Hazel Buchanan.  "The Secret"  will broadcast in the Spring.  ITV Trailer