Danny King was born in Slough, United Kingdom, in 1969 and later grew up in Yateley, Hampshire. He excelled at daydreaming and, as a result, left school aged 16 with no qualifications. For the next few year he worked as a supermarket shelf stacker, a bricklayer’s hod carrier, a plasterer and a postman and honestly can’t recommend any of them.
Aged 23, he went back to school as a mature student and took an Access Course at Farnborough College of Technology. This gained him a place at The London College of Printing and helped him switch careers into magazine journalism.
Throughout the early part of his life he continued to daydream, writing short stories, poems and scripts. He eventually found success with his first novel, a comic crime caper entitled The Burglar Diaries, which was published by Serpent’s Tail (UK) in 2001 and six further publishers in translation. The book also proved the basis for his first television series, the BBC sitcom, Thieves Like Us (BBCThree’s first pre-watershed comedy), which aired in 2007.
Serpent’s Tail published seven more of his novels, including the comic crime caper, School for Scumbags, the movie adaptation of which is currently in pre-production with Robert Zemickis producing.
He has written a number of screenplays himself, the first of which was produced as the movie Wild Bill (2012), for which he and co-writer (and director) Dexter Fletcher won a Writers’s Guild of Great Britain award and a BAFTA nomination. His second feature, the vampire comedy Eat Locals, was shot early in 2016 and premiered on August 26th in London as part of FrightFest 2017.
Danny now lives in Chichester, on the south coast of England, with his wife, Jeannie, and their four children. A few years ago he began writing stories to read to his children, the first of which, Amy X and The Great Race, won first prize in Wells Festival of Literature’s “Story for Children” competition (2016). The second book in the series, Amy X and The Prim and Proper Princess School, has been shortlisted for 2017’s prize, the results of which will be announced on October 15th.
He is currently writing a revised version of a classic fairy tale entitled The Ugly Sisters, in which two vilified step-sisters save a feckless Prince and an ungrateful kingdom from the beautiful, yet Machiavellian, Cinderella.
Danny taking a moment out to pose for future publicity shots, Wokingham, 1992
At the Wild Bill premiere with Jeannie, 2012
AWARDS & PRIZES
Picking up The Writers' Guild Award for Best First Feature Film, 2012
Wells Festival of Literature, 2016