Simon Heath


Born and brought up in Birmingham, Simon gained a First Class Honours Degree in English Studies and an MA in Critical Theory from the University of Nottingham.

 He started in the TV industry in 1993 as script editor and writer for Byker Grove and Ant & Dec, before joining World Productions in 1997, where he script edited Ultraviolet (starring Idris Elba) for C4, Ballykissangel for BBC1 and co-devised the Black Cab short films with Amelia Bullmore for BBC2.

 From 1999 to 2001, he produced two series of the dotcom drama Attachments for BBC2 and co-produced two-part drama Men Only for C4.

 In 2002, Simon was promoted to Head of Drama at World Productions. In 2003 he produced the RTS and BANFF nominated Larkin: Love Again for BBC2, and co-devised and executive produced the nursing comedy drama No Angels for C4, which ran for three series.

 In 2004 he executive produced the BAFTA-nominated Outlaws, a black comedy drama about duty solicitors for BBC3/2 starring Phil Daniels,  Murder Prevention, a six-part crime drama for Five and Ahead Of the Class, an RTS-nominated film for ITV starring Julie Walters, one of the five highest rating dramas of 2005.

 In 2005, he executive produced Perfect Day for Channel 5 (which generated the 2006 spin-offs Perfect Day: The Millenium and Perfect Day: The Funeral) and in 2006/7 he executive produced Party Animals for BBC2, starring Matt Smith and Andrea Riseborough, which was nominated for a Broadcasting Press Guild award for Best Drama Series.

In 2008, Simon produced the triple BAFTA nominated (Best Single Drama, Best Actor, Best Actress) Hancock & Joan for BBC4. In 2009 he executive produced Pulse, a pilot for a drama series for BBC3.

 In 2010, he executive produced the critically-acclaimed United, a film about the Busby Babes and the Munich air crash, starring David Tennant, which was nominated for Prix Europa, Broadcast and Royal Television Society awards.

 In 2011, Simon was made Creative Director of World Productions. He executive produced the critically acclaimed five part police corruption thriller, Line of Duty, the highest rated drama series on BBC2 for ten years. Line of Duty was nominated for Silver Dagger, Broadcast, Broadcasting Press Guild, RTS and South Bank Show Awards.

In 2012, Simon executive produced The Bletchley Circle, a three part drama for ITV starring Anna Maxwell-Martin and The Fear, a dark four-part drama for Channel 4 starring Peter Mullan. The Fear was nominated for four BAFTAs, including Best Supporting Actor and Actress, winning two (Best Photography & Best Editing). It was also the winner of the RTS Award for Best Photography.

In 2013, Simon executive produced The Great Train Robbery, starring Luke Evans and Jim Broadbent. The show was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Mini-Series, and for a Golden Nymph at the Monte Carlo TV Awards. Simon executive produced Nightshift, a half-hour pilot for Sky starring Danny Mays and Ashley Walters and a second 6 x 1 hour series of Line of Duty in Belfast. Following audience and critical acclaim, Line of Duty has been recommissioned for a third and fourth series.

This autumn, Simon will executive produce 2x90' drama Code of a Killer for ITV,  the true story of Alec Jeffreys' discovery of DNA fingerprinting at the University of Leicester in 1984 and its first use in solving a double murder three miles from Alec's lab.

Simon occasionally talks at the National Film & Television School and is a member of BAFTA. He lives with his wife and two sons in North London.