This week's lunchtime masterclass is with writer and director Moira Buffini, who wrote this month's vampire flick Byzantium starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton.
Moira studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College, London before training as an actress at the Welsh College of Music and Drama.
For the past two decades, she has penned award-winning plays and scripts for stage and screen. In 1992, she won the Time Out Award for Jordan, a play she co-wrote with novelist Anna Reynolds. Her 1997 play Gabriel, at the Soho theatre, won the LWT Plays on Stage award and her 1999 play Silence was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for best English-language play by a woman.
Many more plays followed, including Dinner at the National Theatre in 2003 and Dying For It, an adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's classic play, The Suicide, performed at the Almeida in 2007.
Moira has also written extensively for film. She wrote the screenplay for 2010 comedy Tamara Drewe and the screenplay for the 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska.
Her upcoming screenplay for drama fantasy Byzantium is released at the end of May.
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