Manjinder, born in Coventry, started writing when she joined the Royal Court Young Writers Programme.
Her first commission in 2003 was a stage play called Glow for Theatre Centre, directed by Dawn Walton. Glow toured nationally and was also published in an anthology of new plays. She then went on to write and star in Tonight I Write for BBC Radio 4, part of the ‘Love in the Afternoon’ season, produced and directed by Claire Grove.
In 2004 she wrote, performed and co-directed her acclaimed one-woman show, Autobiography of a Face at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith.
In 2008 she wrote and directed her first short film, Forgive starring Sacha Dhawan and Abdi Gouhad. The film was supported by Screen West Midlands, part of the ‘Screenrootz’ scheme.
Manjinder co-wrote the sitcom Being Jane Brown with Richard Lazarus (developed with Henry Normal at Baby Cow productions).
Manjinder’s short film Out of Darkness deals with the impact, devastation and experience of death as an Aid worker’s story is told through nine separate voices. It stars Tom Hiddleston, Christine Bottomley, Andrew Gower and Riz Ahmed. Out of Darkness screened in the Love Will Conquer All Programme at the London Film Festival in October 2013, and won BEST DRAMA and BEST OF FESTIVAL at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013. It is available to rent or buy through Vimeo on Demand.view Out of Darkness trailer
Manjinder has written an episode of new CBeebies show Jamillah and Aladdin for Kindle which will TX on CBeebies 21st January 2016 and CBBC 7th February 2016. She has delivered treatments for drama serial Home for Objective and a 90′ biopic of Benazir Bhutto (commissioned by Mammoth Screen/BBC Wales for BBC4).
Manjinder is also an actress – credits include director Clio Barnard’s award-winning The Arbor, ITV1/Mammoth’s medical drama Monroe and Peter Kosminsky’s RTS and BAFTA award winning Britz. She has been nominated for an Asian Woman of Achievement Award and named a star of tomorrow by Screen International. Manjinder has recently joined the regular cast of ITV’s Midsomer Murders.
Manjinder Virk is represented by Frances Arnold