Neil is an internationally-acclaimed screenwriter, executive producer and novelist. He is the creator and sole writer of the multi-award-winning BBC crime thriller Luther, starring Idris Elba, for which he has twice been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing and which screens in more than 160 territories worldwide. He also wrote the 2013 international hit horror movie Mama and was lead scriptwriter for the acclaimed Series 6 and Series 7 of the BBC spy drama Spooks.
Based in New Zealand, Neil writes for the screen in both Britain and the United States. Current or recent projects include a fifth series of Luther, screening on BBC One in January 2019, the acclaimed pre-apocalyptic crime drama Hard Sun, and two episodes of Doctor Who. His feature projects include a reboot of the iconic 80s movie Escape from New York for 20th Century Fox and a number of yet-to-be announced feature projects.
He is the author of several novels including Always the Sun, which was long-listed for the Booker Prize, Burial and Captured, as well as the best-selling memoir Heartland, which was short-listed for the PEN/Ackerley Prize for literary autobiography of excellence. His most recent novel, Luther: The Calling, was published in 2011.