Susannah Grant
Born (1963-01-04) January 4, 1963 (age 61)
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, producer, director
Christopher Henrikson
(m. 1995)

Susannah Grant (born January 4, 1963) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer.

Early life

Grant was born in New York City. She studied at Amherst College and attended the AFI Conservatory.[1]


From 1994 to 1997 she worked on television as the producer and major writer of the Fox drama series Party of Five. She wrote the screenplays for Ever After, Erin Brockovich, directed by Steven Soderbergh, 28 Days, and Disney's Pocahontas. For Erin Brockovich she received an Oscar nomination in 2001.[1]

After her Academy Award nomination, Grant adapted In Her Shoes and Charlotte's Web for the screen and wrote and directed Catch and Release, starring Jennifer Garner and Timothy Olyphant. She is also a Miss Porter's School alumna as well as an Amherst College alumna, having graduated in 1984. She later was accepted to the American Film Institute and received the Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting.[2] Grant was featured in The Dialogue.[3]

Grant created and produced the CBS series A Gifted Man in 2011. She received the Valentine Davies Award in 2011.[4] In September 2013, Grant delivered a screenwriting lecture as part of the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series.[5] In 2014, Grant created the ABC drama series Members Only for the 2014–15 American television season.[6][7][8]

In 2019, Grant co-created, wrote and directed the Netflix miniseries Unbelievable, starring Kaitlyn Dever and Toni Collette, adapted from real events.[9] More recently, she signed a first look deal with Lionsgate Television.[10] Grant will write and direct Netflix film Lonely Planet starring Laura Dern and Liam Hemsworth.[11]

Personal life

Grant has been married to Christopher Henrikson since 1995, and they have two children.[12]



Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer
1995 Pocahontas No Yes
1998 Ever After No Yes
2000 28 Days No Yes
Erin Brockovich No Yes Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
Literary Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture
2005 In Her Shoes No Yes
2006 Catch and Release Yes Yes
Charlotte's Web No Yes
2009 The Soloist No Yes
2016 The 5th Wave No Yes


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Executive
1994–1997 Party of Five Yes Yes Yes No 63 episodes
2011–2012 A Gifted Man No Yes Yes Yes 16 episodes
2014 Members Only No Yes Yes Yes Unaired
2016 Confirmation No Yes Yes No TV movie
2019 Unbelievable Yes Yes Yes Yes Miniseries
2022 Fleishman Is in Trouble No No Yes No
2023 Lessons in Chemistry No No Yes No


  1. ^ a b Jason Buchanan (2014). "Susannah Grant - Biography - Movies & TV". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  2. ^ "Susannah Grant". The New York Times. February 7, 2005. Retrieved November 17, 2006.
  3. ^ The Dialogue: Learn from the Masters Interview
  4. ^ "Seth Freeman, Susannah Grant to Receive WGA West Award". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  5. ^ "Susannah Grant Delivers her BAFTA Screenwriters' Lecture". BAFTA. September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "ABC to Stick with Split Seasons for Most of Its Dramas". The Futon Critic. May 13, 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 22, 2014). "Soapy Drama From David O. Russell & Susannah Grant Gets ABC Series Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  8. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (January 22, 2014). "ABC Gives Series Order to Drama From David O. Russell and Susannah Grant". Variety. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "'Unbelievable' Bosses on Adapting an Unreliable Witness' Assault Story". Variety. September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (2021-06-15). "Susannah Grant Inks First-Look Deal at Lionsgate TV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-06-16.
  11. ^ Grobar, Matt (7 April 2022). "Laura Dern & Liam Hemsworth To Star In Netflix Romance 'Lonely Planet'; 'Unbelievable's Susannah Grant Directing". Deadline Hollywood.
  12. ^ "Stay-at-Home Mom Gets Oscar Nod". ABC News.