Louise as a young girl
Louise on set
Louise as a young girl
WARNING: The name-dropping below will make the same almighty crash as this author’s weekly wine
As a writer, producer and director, Louise has delivered stupid amounts of television content to audiences around the world; whether they wanted it or not. In fact, BAFTA nominated her for some of it, while the Royal Television Society threw gongs at her for some of the other stuff. Fools.
No matter, as an unenterprising gal from S’nalbans, who looked like a boy who was always stuffed in goal by her football mad brothers, all this has rather surprised her.
After a flirtation in radio, slurping G&Ts with Phillip Schofield in the BBC bar, dreaming of stadium success with Harry Enfield (one of them going on to achieve it) and appropriating necessary restaurant cutlery with the very hilarious and much missed Jeremy Hardy, Louise cut her teeth in telly on This Is Your Life and its celebrity-groaning Big Red Book, before going on to produce wacky gunge on Fun House with Pat Sharp and the famous twins and directing crazy shows with a 100+ crew in Asian tropical heat, knee-high mud, and being attacked by crows and fire-flies. She’s conjured up endless shows on sex, created a series of sitcoms - extr@ - in four languages that play to millions globally, and gave David Walliams his first TV gig, playing a lift.
She’s also been locked in a room with musician Howard Jones (much to his horror), frightened into the shower by Psycho’s Anthony Perkins, done a Spandau Ballet audition for Tony Hadley (she failed), skipped through Baker Street tube with soccer legend Denis Law, told Gary Lineker he looked good in a pastel tracksuit (she lied), had puppets held to ransom (the kidnappers had a point), bounced on beds with The Weather Girls, and shared tears and loads of laughs with bonkbuster queen, Jilly Cooper.
Anyway, she’s doing less of that now - to write books.
Having been published by Cambridge University Press in the youth market, Louise then set about a more adult audience with her four books in The Seasons Quartet.
The idea for her latest - An Untameable Zebra - dinged into her head one sunset as, sat in a harbourside Greek taverna, she spied two stunning boats with billowing sails, slipping across the sea towards her. It was a deliciously unruly sailing circus whose crews sailed the islands, lighting up resorts with their flaming torches and mind-blowing, body-bending tricks...