Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945 but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames where she still lives. She started work at a publisher and then went on to work as a journalist for D.C. Thomson in Scotland where she helped found Jackie magazine.
2002 saw the broadcast of Jacqueline's own adaptation of Double Act for Channel 4 Schools and a major 26 part BBC series based on The Story Of Tracy Beaker, which has become the highest rating CBBC drama and went on to entail five series. A brand new series, Tracy Beaker Returns, launched on CBBC in January 2010 and was an instant ratings success.
Many of Jacqueline's books have been adapted for the stage including The Lottie Project, Double Act, Bad Girls, Midnight, Secrets and The Suitcase Kid. A musical,Tracy Beaker Gets Real, toured nationally.
Radio adaptations of The Bed and Breakfast Star, The Story Of Tracy Beaker and it's sequel, The Dare Game, have been broadcast on Radio 4. In 2003 a 13 part series based on the Girl's In Love books was broadcast on ITV, followed in 2005 by series 2. Best Friends, The Illustrated Mum and most recently Dustbin Baby have all been adapted for television.
Jacqueline has won numerous awards, including the Young Telegraph/Fully Booked Award for The Bed And Breakfast Star, The Smarties Prize, The Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Children's Book Award for Double Act. In 1999, The Illustrated Mum was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Prize, won the Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal. Lizzie Zipmouth won the Gold Smarties Prize and Girl's In Tears was named Children's Book of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.
In 2002, Jacqueline was awarded an OBE for services to literacy and was made a Dame in the New Year's Honour's List in 2008. In 2004 it was announced by PLR that Jacqueline was the most borrowed author from public libraries in the UK, toppling Catherine Cookson from top position after 17 years.
Jacqueline was Children's Laureate for 2005-2007 and has now sold more than 30 million books in the UK alone and has been translated into 30 languages.