Jonny was born, raised, educated and is a proud product of the East End of London. Having enjoyed himself for many years barely paying attention in school he finally found a creative outlet in writing and managed to obtain a Masters with distinction in Writing at the university of (you guessed it) East London.
In theatre, Jonny has successfully taken part in various initiatives including ‘Stage Write’ (a competition he won), and has had short plays performed at the Hackney Empire, The Stratford Circus, and the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. Jonny was the winner of ‘Script This’, a year long competition run by The Broadway Barking, and was named as an Associate Artist at the theatre where his play The Royal Duchess Superstore was developed. The Royal Duchess Superstore was produced in September 2014 at The Broadway, Barking and The Half Moon theatre, directed by Karena Johnson.
Jonny was selected for the BBC Writersroom 10, the BBC Continuing Drama Playwrights Scheme and was also one of six writers to deliver a 90’ script for Coming Up 2014. Following a successful trial script for Eastenders, Jonny’s first episode transmitted in September 2014. He’s continued to write for the show and has just been contracted for six more episodes.
Jonny’s first radio play Community Service starred Daniel Mays and Leo Bill and aired on BBC Radio 4 in December 2015, produced and directed by Sasha Yevtushenko. Community Service was nominated for an Imison Award on 2017. Jonny is currently developing a follow up radio play, IVF, with Sasha and working on original tv drama series Family Business as well as adapting his play Trequartista for television. He is also part of the writers’ room and writing the bible for new eight-part crime series Heist for Red Planet Pictures.
Jonny O’Neill is represented by Frances Arnold