Simon Mirren is a British television writer, producer, and director.
Mirren was born, and grew up, in South London, the only child of a single parent family (her mother, who was a teacher). He left school when he was sixteen and worked in Botswana, Africa building roads. Coming back to the UK, he continue doing odd jobs, until finally he wrote a true story about a close friend of his. That story became a movie called Greenwich Mean Time, which gave him an entry into British TV where he ended working on various shows such as Casualty, Waking the Dead and Spooks/MI5. On Waking the Dead and MI5 was lucky enough to have been a part of both shows from the beginning, acquiring valuable experience for his future endeavors.
Mirren then moved on to writing and producing for American series Third Watch and Without a Trace, until he joined as producer and writer of Criminal Minds after the pilot episode was picked to series. Mirren explains himself how he came to work on Criminal Minds: I was working for Ed Bernero on Third Watch when CBS offered Ed a chance to run a show called Quantico. I read the pilot and immediately recognized the profile part of the show. In Waking the Dead we had a criminal profiler who was based on a real female profiler who I'd met in London. She was an advisor on the show. I thought the profile scenes then lead by Gideon were interesting as they discussed the behavioral traits of the suspect in a way a US audience hadn't heard before. And in discussing behavioral traits they were of course discussing characters.
At this point in TV, studios and networks would put writers in a box and call them procedural or character writers. In Criminal Minds I saw it as chance to have both. Ed asked if I would leave Third Watch and work with him on Quantico. Without hesitation I said yes. Later on the title Quantico was changed to Criminal Minds.
At the end of Season Six, he left Criminal Minds in the wake of he getting a new contract with a different production studio. However, he returned to direct an episode of Season Twelve, an episode of Season Thirteen, and an episode of Season Fourteen.
Mirren has written the following episodes for Criminal Minds:
- Season One
- Season Two
- Season Three
- "3rd Life"
- Season Four
- Season Five
- Season Six
Mirren has directed the following episodes for Criminal Minds:
- He is the nephew of British actress Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen, 2006) and director Taylor Hackford.