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Simon Mirren

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  • Simon also serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner of Criminal Minds.

Simon Mirren is a British television writer and producer. He has a wife named Louise. The couple has a daughter named Natasha and two sons named Cameron and Felix. He is also the nephew of the British actress Helen Mirren. Simon Mirren was a plasterer in South London 12 years before he became a scriptwriter. In 1999, his first film, G:MT Mean Time, was slammed by the critics who cried nepotism because of his relationship to Helen Mirren. "A lot of critics in the UK wanted to believe that Helen Mirren was making my career. The British press need to attribute success to someone else," Mirren said. "One guy even said Mel Gibson's company only made the film because she was my aunt. I realised just how naive and twisted these people were." He then moved to television by writing for British series like Casualty (4 episodes), Spooks (2 episodes) and Walking the Dead (4 episodes) for BBC. When Mirren arrived in Los Angeles in 2003, his agent scheduled 45 meetings in a week. After a very chaotic week, back in London, Mirren received a call from the producers of Without a Trace, Ed Redlich and Hank Steinberg. He wrote two ("Trip Box" and "Bait") and produced twenty-two for them. It was while working on Without A Trace that he met Ed Bernero, who was working on the same lot with Third Watch. Simon Mirren was offered a co-executive producer position on Criminal Minds in 2005.

Simon lives with his family in Los Angeles and their neighbours are Johnny Depp and Chateau Marmont, the hotel that played host to countless Hollywood romances and where John Belushi overdosed in bungalow three.

About writing for Criminal Minds

Mirren has said that the crew of writers of Criminal Minds are character writers and that there is nothing more interesting for them than writing about characters, as long as it fits within the story. He also stated that he doesn't want the show to get so character-centric that it doesn't feel like Criminal Minds. The characters are necessary, but making them the spotlight of each episode is not the purpose, and it would feel forced if the show delved into their specific stories each week.

Furthermore Simon Mirren explained that almost everything they have written about has happened in some variation and that the things they have tapped into the show are the nice versions of what he has seen in crime scene photos. He himself finds the research for Criminal Minds at times so disturbing that he won't keep it in his house overnight. He leaves it in his car and brings it into the house in the morning.

Writing Credits:

G:MT Greenwich Mean Time (1999) (movie)

Casualty (1998 - 2000)
  • 13.08 "She Loved the Rain"
  • 14.01 "Calm Before the Storm: Part 1"
  • 14.02 "Calm Before the Storm: Part 2"
  • 14.26 "Seize the Night"

Spooks (MI-5) (2002)
  • 1.03 "One Last Dance"

Waking the Dead (2001 - 2003)
  • 1.07 "A Simple Sacrifice: Part 1"
  • 1.08 "A Simple Sacrifice: Part 2"
  • 3.03 "Walking on Water: Part 1"
  • 3.04 "Walking on Water: Part 2"

Without a Trace (2003 - 2004)
  • 2.08 "Trip Box"
  • 2.17 "Gung Ho"

Third Watch (2004-2005)
  • 6.03 "Last Will and Testament"
  • 6.14 "The Kitchen Sink"

Criminal Minds (2005 - )
  • 1.07 "The Fox"
  • 1.14 "Riding the Lightning"
  • 1.21 "Secrets and Lies"
  • 2.02 "P911"
  • 2.13 "No Way Out"
  • 2.23 "No Way Out, Part Two: The Evilution of Frank"
  • 3.12 "3rd Life"
  • 4.01 "Mayhem"
  • 4.22 "The Big Wheel"

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