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Hugo Edgar Maxwell Blick

(1964-12-07) 7 December 1964 (age 56)
Nationality British
Years active1988–present
Known for The Shadow Line
The Honourable Woman
Black Earth Rising

Hugo Edgar Maxwell Blick (born 7 December 1964 in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire), sometimes credited as Hugo E. Blick, is an English writer, producer, director and occasional actor. [1] [2] [3] He has his own production company, called Eight Rooks. [4]


Early life

Blick studied in Cardiff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. [5]


He has acted in several films, appearing as a young Jack Napier, the character who would ultimately become The Joker in Tim Burton's Batman . He delivers the famous line "Have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moon light?" after having killed the young Bruce Wayne's parents. [6]

He also wrote the TV series The Last Word Monologues, a series of three shorts featuring Sheila Hancock, Rhys Ifans and Bob Hoskins. He has also had producer credits on several works including Roger & Val Have Just Got In starring Dawn French and Alfred Molina.

As a writer he co-created, produced and directed the TV comedies Marion and Geoff with Rob Brydon, Operation Good Guys in which he also appeared as 'Smiler' McCarthy and wrote and created the noir thriller The Shadow Line (2011) for the BBC, which starred Chiwetel Ejiofor and Christopher Eccleston. [7] [8]

In 2014, Blick wrote and directed the BBC drama series The Honourable Woman , which won a Peabody Award and Golden Globe Award. [9] [10] In 2017, it was announced that Blick would write and direct Black Earth Rising for BBC Two and Netflix. [11] [12]




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