Doug Crossley

  • Playwright, Screenwriter and Senior Conceptual Copywriter.

You name the creative rut and let a man with a spade in his head dig you out.

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What do you call a man with a spade on his head?

Doug: A man who developed a sense of humour because people love to tell him that joke.

I’m a senior conceptual creative, with a penchant for comedy, and I specialise in scriptwriting. I’ve got a sharp eye for digital and social and I love a quirky content brief.

I write plays, screenplays, copy and just about anything else you've got that sounds fun.

Find out more about me below...


ScriptwritingPlaywritingIdeation & ConceptsConceptual CopywritingTreatment WritingVideo ContentTone of VoiceShort & Long CopySpeechwritingTraining / Workshop FacilitationBrand Language, Identity & StorytellingImprov ComedyPiano* (*improving)


McCann London/Paris, Comic Relief, Saatchi & Saatchi, Sky News, Barclays, ESPN, Nestlé Fitness, Cheerios, Nature Valley, Tabasco, Disney, ABC Studios, MediaCom, National Geographic Channel, EY, BOX TV, BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Forum, Arcola Theatre, Bush Theatre, BDA Creative, A Perfect Tribe


Freelance Integrated Copywriter at Inc: Hoot Comedy, FCB Inferno, McCann, Sapient

2011 – Present London, UK

Senior conceptual creative. Specialist scriptwriter with a sharp eye for social. The quirkier the brief the better. Experienced in everything from massive 360* campaigns down to the specifics of social and TOV.

Freelance contracts ranging from one-day to over a year. In massive agencies, design studios, production companies and direct to client. Agencies include McCann London & Paris, FCB Inferno, Sapient Nitro, VCCP Kin and Design Bridge. Production companies include: Hoot Comedy, The Edge Picture Company, Casual Films.

Clients include: Yahoo, KFC, Havaianas, British Airways & Open Skies, Nestlé, Cheerios, Sky Media, Vodafone, PwC, Compare the Market.

BAFTA Rocliffe Winning Screenwriter & Playwright at n/a

2007 – Present Nationwide

I’m a highly skilled playwright and screenwriter. I studied at The BRIT School of Performing Arts and later at Guildford School of Acting where I wrote my first play. I’ve since honed my skills through invited writer’s groups at The Royal Court, Bush, Arcola and Soho Theatre. I’ve been commissioned to write plays for some great organisations including York Theatre Royal, Action Transport Theatre and Arts Council England.

My work has been performed on tour nationally, and in theatres including The Other Palace (Formerly St James Theatre), Theatre503, Arcola Theatre and York Theatre Royal. I was longlisted for the Best Play Award at The Writers Guild of Great Britain for my work with Action Transport Theatre.

Trainer / Workshop Facilitator at Freelance inc.

2007 – Present London

I offer training packages for groups and on a one-to-one basis. Specialist areas include: Speechwriting, Creativity, Scriptwriting and Storytelling. I recently became an associate trainer to Albany Associates and Fibre Training.

My experience as a creative leader and workshop facilitator spans adults and young people, with a wide range of learning abilities, in a number of different contexts.

Clients include: Theatre Royal Masterclass Trust, Cragrats (formerly Speakeasy4Schools), InterAct Drama and Great Ormond Street Hospital and Action Transport Theatre.

My workshops and training are fun, playful and practical. I’m a passionate advocate for education and personal development. I love to learn and I like to enable people to envisage and actualise their potential.


BAFTA Rocliffe, Forum List Comedy Winner

Won for my original TV Comedy – FAIRIES

Best B2C Promotion and Information, EVCOM

Innovators Award Winner, Ideas Tap / Peter De Haan Trust

Ideas Tap is online resource recognising excellence and offering funding opportunities to emerging creative artists.


BA Honours Theatre at Guildford School Of Acting / Surrey University

2003 – 2006 Surrey, GB

BTEC National Diploma & A Level Perfomance Studies at BRIT School of Performing Arts

2001 – 2003 London, UK

10 GCSE’s A* – B at Birches Head High School

1996 – 2001 Staffordshire, GB