Based in London, Emer Gillespie began her career as an actor. Her first TV job, at the age of 16, was for the BBC with Stephen Rae and Liam Neeson. Since then, she has appeared extensively in film and television such as Peter Greenaway’s THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER, CHIMERA for ITV, ULTRAVIOLET with Idris Elba, and playing opposite Ian Charleson and Ian Richardson in TROUBLES.
Her two novels, VIRTUAL STRANGER and FIVE DEAD MEN, both noir thrillers set in London, were published by Headline. VIRTUAL STRANGER was shortlisted for the WH Smith first novel award.
Last year, Emer was hired to write the script for SALT 2 for Sony Pictures, working closely with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and with Angelina Jolie in the title role.
Currently, her TV thriller series THE SIEGE, a 360° view of an ongoing Major Incident set in Central London is in development with Fuqua Films and Propagate.
Recently, Emer was hired by eOne to write the feature film, UNDERCARD, about the world- champion female featherweight boxer, Deirdre Gogarty.
She has also recently been commissioned by Netflix to develop an original action thriller feature, with Liza Chasin producing.
Currently, Emer is part of the writing team for Dustin Lance Black’s new series, UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN for FX. FX has also hired Emer to adapt Julie Mayhew’s novel, IMPOSSIBLE CAUSES as a limited series.
Emer is developing an original witness protection thriller for TV with Tiger Aspect in the UK.
Previously, Emer was part of the team creating the third season of the Netflix series, MARCELLA.