Lynda La Plante

Lynda La Plante has created some of the best known crime dramas on television, including Prime Suspect, Widows, Trial & Retribution and The Prosecutors.

Born and brought up in Liverpool, Lynda trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). After finishing her studies, and using the stage name Lynda Marchal, she appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in a variety of productions, as well as securing roles in popular television series, such as Z-Cars, The Sweeney, The Professionals and Bergerac.

Her breakthrough as a writer came in 1983 when she created the six-part robbery series Widows for Thames Television. This was followed by a debut novel, The Legacy, published in 1987, which received both critical and best-seller success. Her second, third and fourth novels - The Talisman (1987), Bella Mafia (1990) and Entwined (1993) - also became best sellers.

In 1990, Lynda wrote her most successful television series, Prime Suspect, which starred Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison. The series aired in the UK as well as on PBS in the USA (as part of the anthology program Mystery!), and won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

Lynda also wrote the TV series The Governor (ITV 1995-1996), Killer Net (Channel 4, 1998), Trial & Retribution (ITV 1997), Mind Games (ITV 2001) and The Commander (ITV), all of which scored significant viewer figures. During this period, she also released the Cold series of books: Cold Shoulder, Cold Blood and Cold Heart, followed by Sleeping Cruelty (2000) - adding to her list of best sellers.

Lynda was awarded a CBE in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and to Charity, and in 2009 she was inducted into the Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. In April 2013, Lynda was awarded an honorary fellowship by the Forensic Science Society.

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