Jonathan Harvey

The Way With Words exhibition celebrates notable people with a connection to the local area who found success with a career in words.

Jonathan Harvey lives in the area, and wrote about Alderson Road, where he played as a child, in the 2016 novel “The History of Us”.

Jonathan Harvey is the multi award winning writer of over 20 plays and was once the youngest playwright to have two plays in the West End at the same time. His film Beautiful Thing won many awards internationally, and Best Film at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.  For TV, Jonathan wrote the BAFTA nominated sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme and Beautiful People (Best Comedy, Banff TV Festival). Other TV work includes Rev, the Catherine Tate Show, Tracey Ullman’s Show, Shameless, At Home With The Braithwaites and Call The Midwife. For his work on Coronation Street he has won a Writers Guild of Great Britain Award as well as two British Soap Awards for Best Episode and Best Scene for ‘Gail’s monologue’. The monologue was also nominated for a BAFTA for TV Moment of the Year. In September, play Our Lady Of Blundellsands will return to the Liverpool Everyman after a brief pause of 18 months for Covid!

Jonathan says: “I love living in the Smithdown Road area. It’s where I grew up so even though I have lived all over the country, this is the place that feels most like home.”