Michael Hirst was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1952. He attended Bradford Grammar School, The London School of Economics, Nottingham University and Trinity College, Oxford. He has been a professional writer since 1980. Television series created and exclusively written by him include The Tudors, for Showtime, 4 Seasons, 37 episodes, 2006-2009 (Nominated for many awards including Golden Globe for Best Series) and Vikings, for MGM and History, 6 Seasons, 89 episodes, 2012-2018. (Currently 3rd most popular television show in the world – the last 20 episodes still to air)
His film scripts include “Fools of Fortune, starring Julie Christie, produced by Working Title, 1990. The Ballad of the Sad Café, starring Vanessa Redgrave and produced by Merchant-Ivory, 1992. Meeting Venus, directed by Istvan Szabo, starring Glen Close, 1993. Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, produced by Working Title, 1996. (Nominated for 7 academy awards, including best picture and 5 BAFTAS).