Henry won a Fringe First for his first play, Who’s Harry?, when he was 19. He then spent his twenties writing about fashion and travel for GQ and making documentaries like Pinter’s Progress and Discovering Hamlet for Sky Arts. He turned to screenwriting full-time in 2011 when his first screenplay, Nowheresville, caught the attention of producers.
Henry trained on the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and at the Soho Theatre as part of their selected ‘Core Group’ of young writers.
He is currently under commission to the BBC with his sitcom pilot, Father-in-law, co-written with and starring Kevin Bishop (Star Stories, The Kevin Bishop Show). With Kevin, Henry is also developing a comedy mini-series, Bear in the Woods, which will go out to producers this year.
He is also developing an appropriately mysterious Bob Dylan project with Derek Wax (Humans) at Kudos Film & TV and a comedy-drama series with Jon Plowman (Inside No. 9) at the BBC.
He would like to think he has created his own brand of comedy that is bold, simple, poetic and just a little bit wonderstruck. Sort of like if Chekhov wrote real life comic fairy tales. But he would like to think a lot of things… He can’t believe he just used Chekhov to describe himself. He needs to take a long hard look at himself.
Like most writers just emerging, these first few scripts are just the tip of the iceberg of work that Henry now plans to develop and release, when ready, over the next few years.
His favourite films are The Apartment, Broadcast News and Groundhog Day. He lives in Earl’s Court and keeps wicket for the Thespian Thunderers Cricket Club.
Praise for Henry’s writing:
“Transcendentally original, surreal and hilarious.” – Stephen Fry
“Henry Fleet’s play is ingenious, intelligent and turns more unexpected corners than the Edinburgh one-way system.” Scotsman *****
“Very, very funny… throwaway lines any comic in town would give their bar bill for.” – Metro *****