Terry Deary's Biography

Terry was born in Sunderland, England, on 3 January 1946 and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England.

Terry's father (Billy) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father's butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.

Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter. He still acts on stage and TV and his work includes parts in British films "Risen" (2010) and “Plan Z” (2014)

As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale so he turned it into a children's novel. That first novel was published by A & C Black who are still publishing his books 38 years later.

In 38 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.

In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA awards. In February 2011 and again 2012 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. The same month Terry Deary became the 10th most-borrowed author in British libraries.

In 2010 there was a computer game adaptation for Nintendo Wii, DS and PC. A series of theatre plays, 'Horrible Histories', have been created in collaboration with Birmingham Stage Company touring throughout Britain, Australia, the Middle East and the Far East 2006 - 2016. It is also staged at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End. 

His next projects are with television companies to adapt his new adult book series, 'Dangerous Days' into a TV series. he is also lined up to write a new series on BBC1, and to take the lead role in a 2015 movie based on one of his adult novels, 'The Real Maria Marten'. In 2014 he will take a leading role in the 'Books Are My Bag' project which aims to support the independent bookshop industry. In September 2014 his book 'Horrible Histories - Measly Middle Ages' was read by 426 parents and children together at Warwick Castle to set a new record for 'The Guinness Book of Records'. 

His charity work includes being patron of 'Single Homeless Action Initiative in Durham' (SHAID) and the Grace House Children's Hospice appeal. In 2011 he ran the length of Hadrian’s Wall in 6 days and ended with the Great North Run on the Sunday to make a total of 101 miles. That effort raised £8000 for a children’s charity. 

Terry was awarded a degree as Doctor of Education at Sunderland University in 2000 and is an ambassador for his home city of Sunderland. In 2011 he won the Sheffield Children's Book award for his novel "Put out the light" - a book that was also nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2012.

Terry has been married to Jenny since 1975 and their daughter Sara is a talented event rider who competes at international level. See her Shivers Event Team website. In June 2011 Sara and husband Paul had twins, Harry and Jessica, Terry and Jenny's first grand-children. In December 2013 they were joined by baby Oliver.

In his spare time Terry is a road runner with Derwentside Athletic Club and takes part in races from 3 miles up to the Great North Run 13.1 miles. In 2014 he did the GNR for the 18th time raising money for Grace House via Just Giving

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