Orlagh Collins grew up in the seaside village of Portmarnock in North County Dublin. She left Dublin to break into the film industry in London, working on high profile productions such as Calendar Girls , Ali G , and Separate Lies before taking over as Head of Physical Production at Pathé Films. Whilst at Pathé she supervised production on the Academy Award-winning movie The Queen and a host of others including Mrs Henderson Presents , Millions, and Enduring Love . In 2007, she co-produced the BIFA Award-winning documentary Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten and last year she began to develop comedy-drama Sidelined with the support of the Irish Film Board. Orlagh now lives in Somerset with her partner and their two children. No Filter is her first novel.