Occupation: Dramatist (former Coronation Street writer)
Born: February 22, 1960 in Burnley, Lancashire, England
Paul started writing drama for BBC Radio 4 in 1982 for two years until he was appointed story editor for Coronation Street. Subsequently he began to contribute directly to the show, writing in excess of fifty episodes over four years.
Currently, Paul Abbott is the creator/writer of the Channel 4 drama Shameless. For the second year running Paul Abbott and Shameless have picked up a host of nominations at the Royal Television Society Awards. Abbott is once again up for the Best Writer accolade - the award he won last year.
Shameless depicts the lives, sexual escapades and scams of the Gallagher family, living on a rough Manchester housing estate. Mum went AWOL years ago, and Dad stayed at home with the six children only to hit the bottle.
Shameless is based on Abbott’s life. The second youngest of 10 kids growing up in a two-bedroom house in Lancashire, Abbott was abandoned by his mum when he was nine. His alcoholic dad left two years later.
Shameless: created by Paul Abbott
From an interview with the Guardian:
When Paul Abbott was at his mother's wake, two of his brothers had a fight at the buffet. "Tables and chairs are flying, the beige buffet is flying," he recalls. Love that writerly touch, that beige of pies, cake and crisps. "They kicked the shit out of each other. It was magnificent. It was so funny."
Continue reading the Guardian interview Why I Write and find out what Abbott thinks of Coronation Street today.
For more on Paul Abbott, read his profile on UKTV.
Paul on writing: "It isn't really a hobby. For ten hours a day, you sit there and write... You have to be a little mad to get the bits out of you that mean the most."