Where are they now

Celebrating Talent

Before we became High-Rise Avenue in 2019, we were known as Writers Avenue,. The company has a history of working with some of Britain’s finest writing, directing and acting talent who have gone on to have successful careers. 

Where are they now?

Actors and Directors lighting up the stage & screen

Leonie Elliott

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Leonie Elliott can be seen in CALL THE MIDWIDFE (BBC) and some of her previous credits include BLACK MIRROR (Netflix/Channel 4), KILLED BY MY DEBT (BBC) and CASUALTY (BBC).

Samson Kayo

Samson Kayo is a BAFTA-nominated actor and writer, included in the RadioTimes 100 for 2019. His television credits include the lead Joshua in Dave's SLICED (which Samson also co-created and wrote), Horace in ITV 2's TIMEWASTERS and multiple roles in hit sketch show FAMALAM (BBC 3), for which he was nominated for a 2018 BAFTA Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme and two Royal Television Society Awards. He will next be seen alongside Nick Frost in TRUTH SEEKERS (Amazon) and in the second series of SLICED (Dave).

Aaron Fontaine

Aaron Fontaine plays Tobin in seasons 2 & 3 of The Outpost for The CW Network.

He is known for playing Sonny Valentine on popular Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and series regular Ricky in Venus Vs Mars for Sky.

Jade Anouoka

Jade recently appeared in the hit film LAST CHRISTMAS (Universal) and The Phlebotomist  at Hampstead Theatre. Credits include TRAUMA-ITV, THE TEMPEST: Donmar Warehouse, CHEWING GUM-Channel 4, SHAKESPEARE TRILOGY-Donmar Warehouse, DR FAUSTUS-Trafalgard Studios/Jamie Lloyds, STAN LEE'S LUCKY MAN-Sky Arts are just a few of her notable credits.

Oliver Stark

Series regular in 9-1-1 for 20th Century Fox and previously a series regular in INTO THE BADLANDS for AMC Studios.

Simon Evans

Simon Evans was already a rising director when he worked with us back in 2014.

He has most recently directed STAGED, starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen (BBC).

THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI at the Donmar Warehouse, 

ALLIGATORS at Hampstead Theatre, SILENCE OF THE SEA at the Donmar Warehouse, ALMOST MAINE at the Park Theatre to name a few.

Olivia Popica

Recent credits include INFORMER (Neal Street Productions/BBC), VICTORIA (Mammoth Screen/ITV)  and previous credits include series regular roles in RIVIERA (Sky Atalantic) and TYRANT (Fox 21).

Danusia Samal

Danusia Samal is an actress, writer and jazz singer. She has played a diverse range of roles at leading British theatres, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Globe, Soho Theatre, and Manchester Royal Exchange.  Her screen credits include Ru’A in Fox’s TYRANT  Ladriya in Paramount’s live action remake of cult classic GHOST IN A SHELL and Lady Svenska in THE GREAT by Tony McNamara (The Favourite) on Hulu.

Theatre credits RSC, the Globe, the Royal Court, Tricycle Theatre and Soho Theatre.

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Writers Making Waves

Lynette Linton

Lynette was appointed Artistic Director at The Bush in 2019. She was Associate Director of the Gate Theatre from 2016 to 2017 and recently the Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse until February 2018. In September 2017, she was nominated for Best Director at the Stage Debut Awards. She is also a co-founder of production company Black Apron Entertainment.

Her Play Hashtag Lightie was directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair at The Arcola. She directed Richard II at The Globe.

Chris Urch

Chris has  gone from strength to strength ever since.  LAND OF OUR FATHERS transferred from Theatre 503 to Trafalgar Studios, a National UK tour and returned back to the West End in 2016. 

He was the 2014 Bruntwood Award winner for, THE ROLLING STONE, which premiered at the Royal Exchange in 2015 and transferred in 2016 to London's Orange Tree Theatre receiving 6 Off West End nominations including Best New Play.

Chris is currently writing a screenplay LEE for Pathé & Damian Jones with Andrew Haigh (45 Years) attached to direct and developing THE DEEDS, his original television series for Left Bank Pictures.


Rose Lewenstein

Rose’s play AIN’T NO LAW AGAINST FISH 'N' CHIPS was shortlisted, developed and performed in our writing competition, The First 20 Minutes in 2011. The play went on to receive a rehearsed reading at The Royal Court (http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/), where she became a member of their Young Writers Programme.

She is now signed to Troika. Her play NOW THIS IS NOT THE END was produced at The Arcola Theatre, ONLY HUMAN was produced at Theatre 503 and GAME OF LIFE was produced The Yard. DARKNET was produced at Southwark Playhouse
She was selected for the 2017 BBC TV Drama Writers Programme and is developing a new tv series with Kudos, writing and co-creating a drama with Touch Paper and Channel 4 as part of 4Stories.

Karla Williams

Karla's monologue, PRETTY BITCH, was performed in our writing event, 7, in 2012 at The Pleasance. It later went on to win the Best Screenplay Award at the Van d’Or Awards 2013 and has been screened internationally at London Short Film Festival; BFI Future Film Festival; Smalls Film Festival; Cannes; Bornshorts Festival, Denmark; Teen International Film Festival, Turkey; British Shorts Film Festival, Berlin and the Annual Vancouver International Woman in Film Festival. 

Her play BUT I DON’T LIKE GIRLS, was selected for the Talawa First festival and her short piece MAY THE GRACE OF THE LORD… which was performed at the Tricycle Theatre as part of the Tamasha and Paines Plough event Come To Where I'm From in June 2016.

In 2017 she was commissioned by Tamasha Theatre to write a monologue for their book, HEAR ME NOW and it was the fastest selling book for Oberon that year.

Sam Benjamin

Sam short film DOUBLE CROSS, was transferred to Amazon Prime after it made Official Selection for British Urban Film Festival, Melanin Box Festival 2015, and S.O.U.L. Connect Festival in association with the BFI Festival 2016. 

Sam's co-written web series, The Few, was released screened at BFI and Warner Bros Sound in 2017, the trailer previewed at MCM Comic Con in October 2016 and an article was in the December issue of SciFi Now magazine. 

Sam's film script LIVERPOOL81 won the Script Award for The British Urban Film Festival sponsored by Channel 4 and BBC and is one of the 6 finalists on the TNC Incubator programme and the script is currently under option with Triforce Productions (Triforce Creative Network)


As an actor he has appeared in STAN LEE'S LUCKY MAN, PEAKY BLINDERS, DOCTOR WHO and FRESH MEAT to name a few.


'I wouldn't be where I am in my career as a writer without my experience working with Writers Avenue. They are quite simply, a company of action. Providing you have the talent, and the commitment, they help you develop your script and get your work off the page and on the stage, in the best form it can be - which I've learned is invaluable in developing your craft. While participating in the First 20 Minutes Competition, I had sustained support and constructive feedback at every step. It was a very invigorating experience in terms of improving my skills, as well as the exposure"

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