Darrel Bristow-Bovey was born in Durban, South Africa and educated at the University of Cape Town where he studied under J.M. Coetzee and Andre Brink. He currently divides his time between South Africa, the UK and a hillside on the Greek Peloponnese.
He is a screenwriter, represented by Abram Nalibotsky at the Gersh Agency, Beverly Hills. He has an original drama series – whose name he is not yet allowed to mention – in pre-development with an international production company.
Dark Hearts, a crime series in co-production with Quizzical Pictures and ZDFE (Germany) is slated for production in late 2022.
Feature films include: Inside Story (2010) for Discovery Channel, Nothing for Mahala (2013) and Score (2005) and A Sunday Affair ( scheduled for release in 2022). Television credits include The Lab series 1 and 2, Hard Copy series 2 and 3, iNumberNumber, Hopeville, Rhythm City and Scandal, and the forthcoming The Secrets of Baba Segi’s Wives for Netflix.
He is a travel writer and a newspaper and magazine columnist and has written five books which have been translated into seven languages: I Moved Your Cheese (2001) and The Naked Bachelor (2002) were books of humour and But I Digress (2003), was a collection of his best columns between 1997 and 2003.
SuperZero (2004) won a Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature and the Percy Fitzpatrick Prize for South African Literature.
One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo (2013) was a humorous account of his attempt to swim across the Dardenelles in the wake of Lord Byron.
In 2017 his play Priest With Balloons won the Scribe Playwriting Competition, and will premiere in 2022.
In 2016 he co-wrote The Power Struggle, a one-man showcase for stand-up comic Nik Rabinowitz.
In 2006 he was a finalist for the Caine Prize for African Literature for his short story “A Joburg Story”.