Michelle Magorian was born in Hampshire. As a child she spent as much time as possible in the King's Theatre in Portsmouth and her ambition was always to go on the stage.
Michelle studied drama, including some time studying mime in Paris. From there she launched into a professional acting career and spent a few years touring all over the country.
Besides acting, Michelle had always enjoyed writing and she wrote Goodnight Mister Tom in a novel-writing class. Details for the story came from her mother's tales about her time as a nurse in the Second World War. It took Michelle four and a half years to write Goodnight Mister Tom because she was also working in the theatre. Immediately after it was published it was a huge success, and the story has now been published all over the world and dramatised by ITV, and is now regarded as a modern classic.
Michelle's novel Just Henry, won the Costa Award for children's fiction in 2008 and was chosen as one of Radio Times’ 12 Christmas Cracker treats.