She’s used to writing stories. Then cancer gave her a drama of ...

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She’s used to writing stories. Then cancer gave her a drama of her own

Top screenwriter Abi Morgan had no choice but to accept her role in a gruelling episode out of her control

Guy Kelly

Abi Morgan has never particularly enjoyed being the centre of attention. She tends to come away from interviews “feeling a bit peeled”, even when they go well.

She once, briefly, flirted with the idea of being an actor, but these days can’t pass a CCTV camera without self-consciousness creeping in.

As one of our most celebrated stage and screenwriters for almost two decades, it has always been the lives of others – 1950s journalists in The Hour, a sex addict in Shame, suffragettes in, um, Suffragette or Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady – that have been of far greater interest than her own...

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