Vanessa Taylor
OccupationScreenwriter and producer

Vanessa Taylor is an American screenwriter and television producer. She is known for writing Hope Springs, Divergent, and The Shape of Water, as well as for her work as a writer and co-executive producer on seasons two and three of Game of Thrones. Taylor also acted as a script doctor on Disney's 2019 live action remake of Aladdin. For The Shape of Water, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Early life and education

As a child, Taylor wrote fairy tales. From age twelve, Taylor pursued acting and singing. She attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan,[1]: 84  and later joined The Groundlings for two years.[1]: 57 


Her television credits include Game of Thrones, Gideon's Crossing, Alias (hired by J. J. Abrams), Everwood (hired by Greg Berlanti), Tell Me You Love Me, and Cupid. She also co-created Jack & Bobby.[2]

Taylor wrote Hope Springs, a 2012 film directed by David Frankel, with Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell. Carell played Dr. Feld, “a marriage therapist who tries to help a couple rekindle their loveless relationship after 31 years of marriage.”[3]

She co-wrote the screenplay for the 2014 sci-fi action film Divergent.[4]

She also co-wrote the screenplay for the fantasy romance film The Shape of Water, along with its director, Guillermo del Toro.[5]

In 2019, Taylor performed an uncredited re-write on Disney's live action remake of Aladdin, written by John August and Guy Ritchie, who also directed.

Awards and nominations

Taylor was nominated for two Primetime Emmy awards for Outstanding Drama Series for Game of Thrones in 2012 and 2013.[6]

She was also nominated for a WGA Award (Drama Series) in 2013 for Game of Thrones.[7]

In 2012, Taylor was nominated for a WIN Outstanding Writer Award (Outstanding Film or Show Written by a Woman) in 2012 for Hope Springs.[2]

Alongside her The Shape of Water co-writer and director Guillermo del Toro, Taylor was honoured with the 2017 PEN Center USA Screenplay Award at the 27th Annual Literary Awards Festival.[8]

She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Shape of Water. She was also nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Writing.



Year Title Credit Notes
2009 The Amazing Mrs. Novak Written by TV film
2012 Hope Springs Written by
2014 Divergent Screenplay With Evan Daugherty, based on the novel by Veronica Roth
2017 The Shape of Water Screenplay With Guillermo del Toro
2019 Aladdin Screenplay Uncredited; with John August and Guy Ritchie
2020 Hillbilly Elegy Screenplay

Production staff

Year Show Role Notes
2013 Game of Thrones Co-executive producer Season 3
2012 Season 2
2007 Tell Me You Love Me Consulting producer Season 1
2005 Jack & Bobby Co-creator, co-executive producer Season 1
2004 Everwood Supervising producer Season 2
2002 Producer Season 1
Alias Co-producer Season 1

Television writing

Year Show Season Episode title Episode Notes
2013 Game of Thrones 3 "Dark Wings, Dark Words" 2
2012 2 "The Old Gods and the New" 6
"Garden of Bones" 4
2007 Tell Me You Love Me 1 "Episode #1.9" 9
"Episode #1.5" 5
2005 Jack & Bobby 1 "Pilot" 1 Co-creator
2004 Everwood 2 "Do or Die" 20
2003 2 "Burden of Truth" 8
"My Brother's Keeper" 3
1 "Home" 23
"Episode 20" 21
"My Funny Valentine" 16
2002 "A Thanksgiving Tale" 11
"The Doctor Is In" 6
2001 Alias 1 "Spirit" 10
"A Broken Heart" 4
2000 Gideon's Crossing
1998 Cupid 1 "Botched Makeover" 15


  1. ^ a b Meyers, Lawrence (June 2, 2010). Inside the TV Writers' Room: Practical Advice for Succeeding in Television. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-3241-2.
  2. ^ a b Vanessa Taylor. IMDb
  3. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 16, 2011) Tommy Lee Jones For 'Great Hope Springs'?.
  4. ^ Dockterman, Eliana. "A Look Ahead: Women Behind the Camera in 2014". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  5. ^ Lodge, Guy (2017-08-31). "Film Review: 'The Shape of Water'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  6. ^ "Vanessa Taylor | Television Academy". Television Academy. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  7. ^ "Previous Nominees & Winners". Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  8. ^ "'Shape of Water,' 'Better Call Saul' Scribes to Be Honored With PEN Center USA Writing Awards (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-04.

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