Sean Hardie was born in l947. He joined the BBC in London as a Graduate Trainee in l968 and worked for ten years as a Producer/Director in TV Current Affairs covering assignments throughout Europe, the United States and the Middle East. In l979 he moved to comedy to co-create and co-produce (with John Lloyd) the multi-award winning satirical programme 'Not The Nine O’clock News' (BBCTV), which aired in the US as ‘Not The Network News’. He also produced, directed and wrote for Spitting Image (ITV), ‘Bremner Bird and Fortune’ (Channel 4) and John Cleese’s Video Arts and directed ‘The Signal Box’ for RTE. In addition to two BAFTA’s his TV work has also won the Silver Rose of Montreux, a US Emmy, and awards from the United Kingdom Writers Guild, the Broadcasting Press Guild and the New York and Chicago Film Festivals.
In l985 he moved to County Kilkenny to concentrate on writing, since when he has published three well-received novels: 'The Last Supper' (published in the US as ‘Table For Five), 'Right Connections'; and 'Till The Fat Lady Sings' (Michael Joseph/ Penguin). He has contributed articles and columns for the London 'Independent' and 'Times' and written a commissioned screenplay, ‘The Emerald State’, for Channel 4 and five stage plays –‘Moldova’, ‘Burning Your Boats’, ‘God’s Hairdresser’, ‘The Life of Wiley’ and ‘Ken and Margaret and the End Of The World’. His radio documentary ‘Storyhouses’ won the 2005 BCI New Initiatives In Broadcasting Award. He’s currently working on another play and a novel. He has been awarded residencies and/or bursaries in Ireland, Switzerland, Moldova, Spain, Scotland and France, where he was writer In residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris for three months. He lives with his wife, the poet and novelist Kerry Hardie, in Skeoghvosteen, County Kilkenny.