Posted on 18/07/2012
BA Drama & Theatre Studies, 1989 RHBNC
A BAFTA-winning television executive, Francis Hopkinson is ITV’s Creative Director for Drama. He co-founded Left Bank Pictures and there won a BAFTA as Executive Producer of Wallander with Kenneth Branagh. From 2005-07 Francis was Senior Commissioning Editor, Drama at Channel 4 and his output included E4 teen drama Skins, Elizabeth I starring Helen Mirren, and Bradford Riots and Longford, both winners at the 2007 RTS programme awards. He left Channel 4 in order to help start up Left Bank with his old ITV colleague Andy Harries. Francis also garnered an Emmy Award for Henry VIII (Grenada 2003). His earliest known work was as a script editor on The Bill. Francis has also worked with actors such as Ray Winstone, Helena Bonham-Carter, Charles Dance, Derek Jacobi and fellow alumnus Mark Strong (Drama, 1985), who was in Henry VIII.