Jim Cartwright lives in Lancashire, where he was born.
Road, his first play, opened at the Royal Court Theatre in 1986, was revived again at the Royal Court that same year, and again in 1987, before being taken on a nationwide tour. It won the Samuel Beckett Award, Drama magazine’s Best New Play Award and was joint winner of the George Devine Award and the Plays and Players’ Best New Play Award.
His other work for theatre included Bed at the Royal National Theatre in 1989; TWO at the Bolton Octagon Theatre in 1989, transferring the Young Vic, London in 1990 (winner of the Manchester Evening News Best New Play Award); The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice at the Royal National Theatre in 1992, and at the Aldwych Theatre later that year (winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy in 1992 and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy 1993). He wrote and directed I Licked A Slag'S Deodorant for the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1996.
Other works include, for radio: Baths, BBC in 1987; for television Road, BBC in 1987 (winner of the Golden Nymph Award for Best Film); Vroom, Channel Four 1988 (selected as Centerpiece at the London Film Festival); June, BBC 1990; Wounded, BBC 1990; Bed, BBC 1994.