Following a successful music career as a member of the chart-topping band The Farm, Roy turned to scriptwriting, with over 150 writing credits for television, and eight for radio. An eight-year stint on BROOKSIDE, was followed by work on HOLLYOAKS, THE BILL, EASTENDERS and the ‘two families’ episode of the BAFTA-winning second series of Jimmy McGovern’s THE STREET starring Gina McKee, Lorraine Ashbourne and a pre-Doctor Who Matt Smith.
Roy is co-owner of Hurricane Films, producing various projects including the internationally acclaimed OF TIME AND THE CITY (directed by Director Terence Davies) for which Roy was nominated for a BAFTA for producing. The film premiered at The Cannes film festival, and went on to win many awards including The New York Critics Circle prize for best Documentary and it was also named in Time Magazine’s top ten films of the year.
In 2010, Roy was appointed as Creative Director for three major museum projects for the new Museum Of Liverpool – overseeing three immersive films (each with it’s own dedicated theatre) – the first on the City’s passion for Football, the second on focusing The Beatles’ relationship with their home town (made in collaboration with Apple Corps Ltd), and the third a critical appraisal of the British Empire.
In Spring 2014, Hurricane Films went into production on a second Terence Davies feature SUNSET SONG starring Agyness Deyn and Peter Mullan, and was shot in Scotland, Luxembourg and New Zealand with Roy producing. The film is lined up for a 2015 release.
Most recently, Roy wrote five episodes of the ten-part BBC Radio Four drama series QUEENS OF NOISE that he devised with Louise Wener (from the band, Sleeper) who wrote the remaining five episodes. The series was broadcast in August and September 2014.
Roy is currently adapting Stuart Maconie’s memoir CIDER WITH ROADIES as a feature script.