Former Edinburgh Napier student rubs shoulders with the stars

David Hancock lands role on hit Netflix series The Crown

Date posted

7 December 2016


Last updated

19 March 2020

A former Edinburgh Napier student has been rubbing shoulders with the stars after landing a screenwriting role in one of the most eagerly anticipated television series of the year.

David Hancock recently got to share the red carpet with actors Claire Foy and Matt Smith at the premiere of The Crown in London after landing a script executive role on the Netflix-original drama.

The 38-year-old undertook a postgraduate Screenwriting course in 2009 at Screen Academy Scotland; a unique collaboration between Edinburgh Napier and Edinburgh College of Art dedicated to fostering the future of film makers.

After previously working as a locations manager on hit films The Eagle and Burke and Hare, David developed his career as a script editor for CBBC series M.I. High and the BBC’s Young James Herriot before moving on to his new role with The Crown.

The Crown itself tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II, from her wedding day in 1947 to the present day, in 60 episodes which are set to be shown across six series. Produced by Andrew Eaton for Left Bank Pictures, it was created by executive producer and screenwriter Peter Morgan, most known for his work on blockbuster films Rush, Frost/Nixon and The Queen. Several episodes are directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours).

David said: “Working on The Crown has been a very intense and immensely rewarding experience. Working with writers, directors, cast and crew of this calibre is a huge privilege.

“I really enjoyed my time studying at Edinburgh Napier and Screen Academy Scotland. The most helpful aspects of the course were the interactions with experienced screenwriters like James Mavor, and meeting the other new writers on the course and sharing experiences with them.”

James Mavor, programme leader MA Screenwriting, Screen Academy Scotland, said: “It’s been fascinating seeing the shift in why students come to study our broad-based postgraduate courses in screenwriting. Ten years ago the focus was clearly on films and cinema – and David was himself an experienced writer and producer of short films. Now we see that TV drama is what most of our students watch and want to be involved in. It’s hugely impressive that David is involved in the writing and development of this dazzling show at such a high level.”