Tessa started her career in film and television as a receptionist at film distribution company Enterprise Pictures before moving to Granada Film where she remained for eight years, working first as a PA before moving up to Head of Development. During that time she worked in London and LA, and as a Production Assistant and Post Production co-ordinator on Jack and Sarah (dir. Tim Sullivan) and August (dir. Anthony Hopkins). Granada Film also hired Tessa to rewrite feature comedy Single Girl. Prior to leaving the company Tessa raised the finance for and produced the independent feature film Fast Food (dir. Stewart Sugg), she has worked reasonably consistently as a freelance script consultant and script writer ever since.
For television, Tessa’s ‘Little Cracker’ – Baby Be Blonde – for Tiger Aspect/Sky One, was directed by, and starred, Joanna Lumley. Joanna Lumley is also attached to Tessa’s original comedy drama The Same Sky. Tessa is currently developing Misconduct, based on her original radio play, with Film Nation.
Tessa has written several radio plays, the most recent being Meltdown which TX’d 6th November 2020 on BBC R4. She has also recently completed The Wrong Sister, her first novel.
Tessa Gibbs is represented by Frances Arnold