Lynda LaPlante joins Twiggy today for a cup of Tea!
Lynda was born in Liverpool in 1943, a middle child with an
older brother and younger sister. Her father was devoted to the
golf course and her mother was buried in a Liverpool shirt —
she wouldn’t watch anything of her daughter’s on television if it
clashed with the football. When Prime Suspect was on its third
series, she asked her daughter: “Did you write that?”
Born and brought up in Liverpool, Lynda trained for the stage at
the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). After finishing her
studies, and using the stage name Lynda Marchal, she
appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in a variety of
productions, as well as securing roles in popular television
series, such as Z-Cars, The Sweeney, The Professionals and
Her breakthrough as a writer came in 1983 when she created
the six-part robbery series Widows for Thames Television. This
was followed by a debut novel, The Legacy, published in 1987,
which received both critical and best-seller success. Her
second, third and fourth novels - The Talisman (1987), Bella
Mafia (1990) and Entwined (1993) - also became best sellers.
In 1990, Lynda wrote her most successful television series,
Prime Suspect, which starred Helen Mirren as DCI Jane
Tennison. The series aired in the UK as well as on PBS in the
USA (as part of the anthology program Mystery!), and won an
Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
Lynda also wrote the TV series The Governor (ITV 1995-1996),
Killer Net (Channel 4, 1998), Trial & Retribution (ITV 1997),
Mind Games (ITV 2001) and The Commander (ITV), all of
which scored significant viewer figures. During this period, she
also released the Cold series of books: Cold Shoulder, Cold
Blood and Cold Heart, followed by Sleeping Cruelty (2000) -
adding to her list of best sellers.
Lynda was awarded a CBE in the 2008 Queen's Birthday
Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and to Charity,
and in 2009 she was inducted into the Crime Thriller Awards
Hall of Fame. In April 2013, Lynda was awarded an honorary
fellowship by the Forensic Science Society.
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