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Piers Ashworth

Writer and Director


Jonathan Kinnersley

Piers Ashworth is a British born screenwriter, producer and director. He co-wrote hit film FISHERMEN’S FRIENDS (now available on Amazon), which is based on the true story of a group of Cornish Fishermen who were signed to a multi million dollar recording contract by Island Records. Directed by Chris Foggin, FISHERMEN’S FRIENDS is currently being developed into a stage drama, whilst the film sequel FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS II is also in the works.

Pier’s latest film release was SAVE THE CINEMA starring Jim Broadbent, Samantha Morton, Tom Felton and Adeel Akhtar. It was released by Sky Cinema in January 2022.

Along with Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard, Piers adapted the acclaimed Noel Coward play BLITHE SPIRIT. It was released in 2021 on Sky Cinema, starring Judi Dench, Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens, and directed by Ed Hall. Produced by Peter Snell with Canal+ and Protagonist.

In addition, His TV projects WILD BOYS and SALVATOR are in development with Avalon.

Piers is also known for writing the ST TRINIAN’S films, and BURKE AND HARE, and for writing and directing the theatrical feature GIRL – a Senator/Sternbild co-production starring Katja Riemann, Oliver Petzocat and Martin Semellrogge. He wrote the first draft of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE for Paramount Pictures – which was later made starring Tom Cruise.

Prior to working in the film industry Piers wrote, directed and produced music videos. He worked with dozens of bands including Black Sabbath, Bon Jovi and Janet Jackson. Piers Ashworth was educated at Oxford University where he received a major academic scholarship and graduated with a masters degree in modern history. He went on to work in publishing as an editor at the Academic Press, in journalism as a freelance feature writer and in television as an independent producer of documentaries, comedies, and dramas.

He is represented in the States by Abram Nalibotsky at Gersh.

Select Credits:

BANK OF DAVE (post-production)

Starring Rory Kinnear and Phoebe Dynevor

Directed by Chris Foggin


FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS II (post-production)
Sequel to hit film FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS

Directed by Nick Moorcroft & Meg Leonard

Co-written with Nick Moorcroft & Meg Leonard


Sky Cinema

Starring Jim Broadbent, Samantha Morton, Tom Felton and Adeel Akhtar

Directed by Sara Sugarman


Co-adapted with Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard
Sky Cinema
Starring Judi Dench, Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens

Available on Amazon

Starring Danny Mays, Tuppence Middleton and James Purfoy

Directed by Chris Foggin

Co-written with Nick Moorcroft & Meg Leonard


Starring Simon Pegg, Isla Fisher, Eva Green, Andy Serkis and Tom Wilkinson.

Ealing Studios
Starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Mischa Barton, Russell Brand and Gemma Arterton. St Trinian’s went on to become the second highest grossing independent feature ever made in the UK.

Ealing Studios
Starring Gemma Arterton, Colin Firth, David Tennant and Rupert Everett.

directed by Andy Morahan
Starring JJ Fields, Leo Gregory and Kuno Becker.

Writer and co-producer
Directed by Emmy award winner Graham Theakston
Starring Richard E.Grant, Vincent D’Onofrio, Gabrielle Anwar and James D’Arcy.

Writer, Director and Co-Producer –
Independent feature film
Starring Rik Mayall, Mike Reed, Tom Bell and Lara Belmont.

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