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      Paul Abbott

      Paul Abbott

      Highest Rated: 84% State of Play (2009)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Twenty8k (2012)

      Birthday: Feb 22, 1960

      Birthplace: Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK

      Paul Abbott was a celebrated English television writer and producer. His early years were marked by a deeply unstable working-class home life, one in which both parents eventually abandoned Abbott and his nine siblings, leaving them essentially in the care of the eldest daughter. Abbott got his start as a story editor in 1987, working on the drama "Coronation Street," a long-running soap about regular Manchester folks. By 1994, he had stepped up to producer duties, and the following year, he added "writer" to his resume, working on the hit crime mystery "Cracker," which starred Robbie Coltrane as a forensic psychologist; the series earned Abbott his first BAFTA win for Best Drama. In 2000, several series writing credits later, Abbott created the drama "Clocking Off," another series devoted to Manchester's blue-collar inhabitants and received another BAFTA Best Drama win in 2001 for his efforts. Following the lauded crime miniseries "State of Play," he created another show, "Shameless," which drew on his parentless childhood amidst many siblings. The series, which is actually a comedy, and for which Abbott writes and executive produces, has been critically acclaimed and lasted much longer than any of his prior shows. Both "State of Play" and "Shameless" received American adaptations, with Abbott having a hand in the latter project, which proved to be quite successful as well. Clearly on a roll, he unveiled yet another show in 2012, the eccentric crime series "Hit & Miss."



      17% 15% Twenty8k Screenwriter - 2012
      76% 58% Tony: London Serial Killer Executive Producer - 2009
      84% 73% State of Play Executive Producer $37.0M 2009
      No Score Yet 85% The Girl in the Café Executive Producer - 2005
      No Score Yet 57% Alibi Writer - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret World of Michael Fry Writer - 2000
      No Score Yet 62% Sub Down Ballast (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police 2020 Writer - 1997


      82% 81% Shameless Creator,
      2011 2016-2021
      No Score Yet 70% No Offence Director,
      2015 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shameless Writer,
      Executive Producer
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Exile Executive Producer 2011
      100% No Score Yet State of Play Writer 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clocking Off Creator 2000 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touching Evil Executive Producer 1997-1999
      60% No Score Yet Cracker Writer 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Writer 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery! Writer 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cracker Writer 1995