Bridget O'Connor

Bridget O'Connor was an English playwright and screenwriter with Irish roots who is most notable for co-penning the script for the acclaimed espionage film "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" with her husband, Peter Straughan ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1961 in Harrow, London, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (2)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sixty Six 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Bridget O'Connor was an English playwright and screenwriter with Irish roots who is most notable for co-penning the script for the acclaimed espionage film "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" with her husband, Peter Straughan. After working as a playwright, O'Connor ventured into screenwriting with Straughan for the 2006 coming-of-age movie "Sixty Six," featuring Helena Bonham Carter and Eddie Marsan. The next year, O'Connor and Straughan's script for "Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution," a quirky Marxist-themed comedy, was made into a film with Catherine Tate and Iain Glen. While Straughan stepped out on his own with screenwriting projects, including the eccentric productions "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People" and "The Men Who Stare at Goats," O'Connor kept a lower profile in subsequent years. Following Straughan's work on the spy film "The Debt," O'Connor collaborated with him again on the feature adaptation of the John le Carré novel "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." After completing the script, however, O'Connor died of cancer, and the finished movie, starring Gary Oldman and a stellar supporting cast, was dedicated to her memory. Straughan went on to accept numerous prizes on behalf of himself and his late wife, including two BAFTA awards, for Best Adapted Screenplay and Outstanding British Film.

Relationships

Peter Straughan Screenplay

Husband
Met while O'Connor was Northern Arts literary fellow at Newcastle and Durham Universities c. 1996 Co-wrote first feature, "Sixty Six" (2006) Co-wrote acclaimed feature adaptation of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (2011), released after O'Connor's death on Sept. 22, 2010

Connie Straughan

Daughter

Milestones

2011

Final film credit, feature adaptation of John le Carré's novel "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"; co-written by Straughan; film released posthumously

2007

With Straughan, co-wrote screenplay of "Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution"

2006

Feature writing debut, co-writing the screenplay for "Sixty Six" with Straughan; script based on story by Paul Weiland

1996

Was a Northern Arts literary fellow at Newcastle and Durham Universities; met future writing partner and husband Peter Straughan

1993

Published the story collection Here Comes John

1991

Received the 1991 Time Out short story prize

Wrote her first full-length stage play "The Flags"

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