(1965 - ) British novelist and screenwriter, born Michael Marshall in Cheshire, UK
Michael spent much of his childhood in America, South Africa and Australia, before his family returned to the UK. His teens were spent in Essex until he went up to Kings College Cambridge, where he studied Philosophy and Social and Political Science.
He achieved a 2:1 but spent far more time working with the Cambridge Footlights and on the 1987 National Tour.
After college he became part of a comedy group called And Now, In Colour who wrote and performed two series for BBC Radio 4. He worked in graphic design and the writing of corporate videos, before becoming a full-time writer in 1995. He has already established a successful writing career under the name Michael Marshall Smith, his first novel, Only Forward was honored with the Philip K. Dick and August Derleth awards and it's critically acclaimed successors, Spares and One of Us, have both been optioned for film by DreamWorks and Warner Brothers respectively.
Michael is currently writing an original movie for the UK production company, Shine - working title Friends For Ever. He is also developing a six-part television series called Cityscape with the BBC. Six of Michael's short stories are currently being adapted for television by London production company, Little Bird. He is currently appearing as a writer/performer in ITV's cult late night comedy show Dare to Believe. He lives with his wife Paula and cats in North London and Brighton.