Tess has been writing since she could walk (not 100% true) and her first words were ‘Elvis is the King!’ (100% true). Her romantic comedy MAN UP, made the 2011 Brit List, was picked up by Big Talk Pictures, co-produced by Studio Canal and BBC Films and released in 2015 directed by Ben Palmer and starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. Tess is currently writing an original sitcom for ABC and with David Allison, DEAD TO ME for Lucky Giant/NBC, as well as screenplays SECRET SANTA for Big Talk/Studio Canal and TEXTBOOK BEHAVIOUR for Big Talk/BBC Films. Tess also does polishing and the occassional rewrite.
In 1997, she won the Lloyds Bank/Channel Four Film Challenge for her short film BEER GOGGLES, and in 2008 she was chosen for the BFI/Skillset Think Shoot Distribute Scheme for emerging talent in the British Film Industry, which further proves the theory that there is no such thing as an overnight success. She has has also worked extensively as a script editor with ‘Seinfield’ writer Tom Leopold, and also lectures on comedy and screenwriting for the Arvon Foundation and Royal Holloway University.