Jenny Lecoat is a screenwriter and novelist.
A former stand-up comic, presenter, actor and feature writer for newspapers and magazines, she has spent thirty years writing for a range of formats including feature film, television drama, sitcoms and sketch shows, including consultancy work. She has taught many screenwriting courses, is a qualified teacher of English as a Foreign Language, and has studied British Sign Language enabling her to work with D/deaf writers and actors.
She is married to writer Gary Lawson and lives in East Sussex, UK.
Andrew Mills at JAB Management
John Beaton Writers’ Agency
Channel Islands Background
Jenny Lecoat was born in Jersey, Channel Islands, just fifteen years after the end of World War II. These islands, part of the British Isles but only fourteen miles from the coast of France, were the only British territory to fall under Nazi Occupation.
During the war both sides of her family were heavily involved in resistance activity; one grandfather made crystal radio sets for locals to secretly access the BBC, while her mother’s family sheltered an escaped Russian slave worker — a story of family tragedy that would become the basis of the movie Another Mother’s Son.
As a child growing up in the postwar holiday island, Lecoat was aware of the family’s history but unconscious of its trauma, playing at the foot of old anti-tank walls and chalking hopscotch grids on abandoned gun emplacements.
Interested in the arts and performing from an early age, she spent much of her childhood taking dancing lessons, writing stories in her bedroom, and later singing at local folk clubs.