Wellington writer up for an Emmy

Wellington writer in line for TV accolade

Last updated 10:34 11/07/2014
Neil Cross
Fairfax NZ

WORLD CLASS: Wellington writer Neil Cross has been nominated for an Emmy for the BBC crime drama Luther, which he created.

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Wellington writer Neil Cross is up for an Emmy award.

The Bristol, England-born author and screenwriter has been nominated for an Emmy for outstanding writing for a mini series, movie or dramatic special for his writing of Luther, a BBC crime drama he created.

But he faces stiff competition, with American Horror Story: Coven, Fargo, Sherlock, The Normal Heart, and Treme also nominated in the same category.

Cross said the idea for his obsessive, possessed Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, who first appeared on TV screens in the form of Idris Elba in 2010, came from a life of reading, watching and writing crime fiction.

In 2011, the Booker Prize nominee was named among Variety magazine's ''Ten Screenwriters to Watch''.

In 2012, he was also nominated for an Emmy for Luther.

This year's Emmy winners will be announced in August.

Cross, who lives in Wellington with his wife Nadia and sons, said he now thought of New Zealand as home despite writing for American and British television.

''Kiwis as a culture have certain attributes that I really admire, a confidence without arrogance, enormous acceptance without being superior or smug. I'm the most English man ever. I spend my life in a haze of embarrassment and self-hatred.''

He has also written for Doctor Who.

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