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'Hereafter' and Now

27 October 2010 12:03 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Peter Morgan owes his writing career to an attack of stage fright. He was appearing in a University of Leeds production of "Love's Labour's Lost" when he suddenly realized he couldn't go on and give his speech as the king. "I sat backstage and said, 'I never want to do this again,'" Morgan recalls. Instead he turned to writing; his first play was called "Gross." "It's 'Gross' not in terms of amounts of money, but as in 'Ew,' " he clarifies. It won him an award and an agent—"a friend of a friend of a friend who came to see it," he says—and he's been a writer ever since.But not just any writer. Morgan is known as an actor's writer, penning scripts that have won performers all kinds of awards, sometimes more than one in a year, as in 2006, when Helen Mirren (for "The Queen") and »

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