Lisa Joy

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Lisa Joy
Lisa Joy by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lisa Joy at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born New Jersey, United States
Alma mater Stanford University
Harvard Law School
Occupation Writer, producer, director, television creator
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Jonathan Nolan
Children 2

Lisa Joy is an American screenwriter, director and television producer. She is co-creator and executive producer of the HBO series Westworld. Her work also includes writing for the television series Burn Notice (for which she also served as a co-producer) and Pushing Daisies. Lisa Joy received an Emmy nomination for her writing on Westworld in July 2017.[1]

Personal life

Lisa Joy was raised in New Jersey. Her father is English and her mother Taiwanese.[2]

Prior to her career in entertainment, Joy practiced law in California. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.[3] Joy married screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, the younger brother of director Christopher Nolan. The two first met at the premiere of the elder Nolan's film, Memento.[4][5]

Joy and Nolan have two children, a daughter and a son.[2][6][7]


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2008 Pushing Daisies No Yes No
2009 Burn Notice No Yes Yes
2016 Westworld Yes Yes Yes Co-creator and executive producer


  1. ^ Miller, Matt (September 29, 2016). "Westworld Is Not the Next Game of Thrones—It's Much More Than That". Esquire. Hearst Magazines. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Fortini, Amanda (April 17, 2018). "With 'Westworld', Lisa Joy Is Rewriting Women's Power Story Line in Hollywood and Beyond". Elle. Joy, who is 40, was raised in a hardworking immigrant family (her dad is from England; her mom is from Taiwan) in suburban New Jersey.
  3. ^ California, The State Bar of. "State Bar of CA :: Lisa Joy". Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Staff, The Playlist. "On The Rise 2014: 13 Screenwriters To Watch | IndieWire". Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Gire, Jamie Sotonoff and Dann (October 18, 2016). "A-minus at Loyola Academy fueled 'Westworld' creator". Daily Herald. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  6. ^ King, Larry (April 15, 2014). "What Does A Showrunner Bring To A Deserted Island?". YouTube. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  7. ^ "Is 'Westworld' HBO's Next Big Hit?". New York Times. September 29, 2016.

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