Jonathan has written over twenty plays, including:
The Cherry Blossom Tree (Liverpool Playhouse. Winner – National Girobank New Writing Award), Mohair (Royal Court Theatre), Wildfire (Royal Court Theatre), Beautiful Thing (Bush Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Duke of York’s Theatre – Winner: John Whiting Award), Babies (Royal Court Theatre. Winner – George Devine Award, Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright), Boom Bang a Bang (Bush Theatre), Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club (ETT, Donmar Warehouse, Criterion Theatre. Winner – Manchester Evening News Award for Best New Play), Swan Song (Hampstead Theatre), Hushabye Mountain (ETT, Hampstead Theatre), Guiding Star (Royal National Theatre), Out in The Open (Hampstead Theatre), Canary (Liverpool Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre), Corrie! (Lowry Theatre. Winner – Manchester Evening News Award for Best Live Entertainment), Mr. Tuesday (Kings Head Theatre), Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy (Royal National Theatre).
Jonathan wrote the musicals Closer to Heaven and Musik with Pet Shop Boys. His new musical Dusty toured in 2018.
Jonathan has written a new play Our Lady of Blundellsands for the Liverpool Everyman Theatre which will premiere in 2020.
Jonathan created and wrote the Bafta nominated sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme (BBC) and Beautiful People (Winner – Best Comedy, Banff TV Festival). He also wrote the Bafta nominated children’s series Best Friends, based on the novel by Jacqueline Wilson. He is currently on the writing team of Coronation Street and has written over 200 episodes. He has written several one-off comedy dramas for ITV including Panto! (co-written with John Bishop), Birthday Girl and Von Trapped!
Other TV work includes:
Call The Midwife (BCC), Britannia High (ITV), Shameless (Channel 4), Rev (BBC), Lilies (BBC), At Home With The Braithwaites (ITV), Murder Most Horrid – Dinner At Tiffany’s (BBC), The Catherine Tate Show (BBC), and Tracey Ullman’s Show (BBC).
For his work on Coronation Street, Jonathan has been awarded a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award and two British Soap Awards for Best Scene and Best Episode.
Beautiful Thing (Winner – Best Film, London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Winner – Best Screenplay, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival).
For the radio, Jonathan has written the play Take That, Lennon and Sid and three series of the sitcom What Does The K Stand For? (with Stephen K Amos).
Jonathan has written six novels, all published by Pan Macmillan: All She Wants, The Confusion of Karen Carpenter, The Girl Who Just Appeared, The Secrets We Keep, The History of Us and The Years She Stole.
Jonathan is a director of the charity Moodswings. Moodswings gives information, advice and ongoing support to people with mood disorders and other forms of emotional distress.