Kevin Elyot (playwright/actor) was born and raised in Birmingham, England. He was educated at King Edward's School and at Bristol University. His stage plays include Coming Clean (1982), for which he won the Samuel Beckett Award; Consent (1989); The Moonstone (1990), adapted from the novel by Wilkie Collins; a new translation for the Royal Shakespeare Company of Ostrovsky's Artists and Admirers (1992); and My Night With Reg (1994), for which he won the Evening Standard and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Comedy, plus Writers' Guild and Critics' Circle Awards. His screenplays include Killing Time (BBC, 1990), which won the Writers' Guild Award for Best TV Play or Film; a two-part adaptation of The Moonstone (BBC, 1996); and the film version of My Night With Reg (BBC Films, 1997). He also has written for radio. Elyot's most recent stage play, The Day I Stood Still, was premiered at the Royal National Theatre in January 1998.