Vanessa Coffey

Vanessa Coffey is an Intimacy Coordinator working in film, television and theatre. Vanessa was originally from Sydney, Australia, she is now based in Glasgow, Scotland, and works as an intimacy coordinator throughout the UK and Europe.

With a background as a corporate lawyer, she re-trained as an actor at the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). She also trained for many years in dance.

As Scotland's first and leading Intimacy Coordinator, Vanessa's work has seen her collaborate on I Hate Suzie for Sky, Fate: The Winx Saga for Netflix and the upcoming series, War of the Worlds series 2 for BBC/Urban Myths. Vanessa also consulted on the live production of The Panopticon for the National Theatre of Scotland.

In 2020 Vanessa contributed to the Directors UK Guidelines, Intimacy in the Time of COVID-19, an update to the previously published Directing Nudity and Simulated Sex best practice guidelines for directing intimate scenes. This offers advice to directors to help create a safe working environment and offers a framework within which to create impactful and high-quality work.

Vanessa's experience in law, acting, movement directing and teaching means she offers a unique set of skills that enable her to negotiate sympathetically between actors, directors, casting directors and crew. She also works collaboratively with creatives to craft and choreograph intimate scenes in the same way you would a dance or fight sequence and gives a structure and language to communicate with; offering clarity in a safe and consensual environment, something that has become vital since the #metoo movement.

Affiliations and Associations

Vanessa is one of the founding members of the Intimacy Practitioners' Guild EU/UK

Vanessa currently acts as Development and IC JIGS Representative, for the Bectu Union (UK) Intimacy Coordinators Branch. 

Vanessa Coffey's CV


2023 - Release Date

Intimacy Coordinator - MARRIAGE - All3Media for BBC One - Dir: Stefan Golaszewski Eps 1-4

Intimacy Coordinator - MERCY FALLS - Magic Monkey Films - Dir: Ryan Handrick

Intimacy Coordinator - KAREN PIRIE - World Productions for ITV1 - Dir: Gareth Bryn Ep 1

Intimacy Coordinator - VIKINGS: VALHALLA (s2) - MGM Television for Netflix - Dir: Emer Conroy, Jan Matthys, Ciaran Donnelly, Monika Mitchell Eps 1-8

Intimacy Coordinator - WEDNESDAY - Icon Films for Netflix, MGM Television - Dir: Tim Burton Eps 5 & 6


Intimacy Coordinator - ACKLEY BRIDGE (S5) - The Forge Entertainment for Channel 4 - Dir Ashley Walters Ep1

Intimacy Coordinator - HAPPY VALLEY (S3) - Red Production Company/Netlfix - Dir: 

Intimacy Coordinator - THE CONTROL ROOM - BBC Studios - Dir: Amy Neil Ep 1

Intimacy Coordinator - NO RETURN - Red Productions for ITV - Dir: John Alexander 

Intimacy Coordinator - FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC: THE ORIGINS - A&E - Dir: Robin Sheppard, Declan O'Dwyer

Intimacy Coordinator - OUTLANDER (S6) - Tall Ship Productions for Starz - Dir: Jamie Payne, Christiana Ebohon-Green, Kate Cheesman, Justin Molotnikov Eps 1 - 8


Intimacy Coordinator - LADYBABY - Kudos Film & TV - Dir: Louis Paxton

Intimacy Coordinator - KAREN PIRIE - World productions for ITV1 - Dir: Gareth Brynn 

Intimacy Coordinator - WOLFE - SKY Studios for Sky One - Dir: Adrian Shergold & Sean Spencer

Intimacy Coordinator - RULES OF THE GAME - BBC Scotland/Black Camel Productions - Dir: Jennifer Sheridan

Intimacy Coordinator - FLOAT - BBC/Urban Myth Films - Dir: Arabella Page Croft 

Intimacy Coordinator - WAR OF THE WORLDS (S2)- Sky Original - Dir: Ben A Williams Prod: Adam Knopf  

Intimacy Coordinator - AMBER (FEATURE FILM) - DnFilms - Dir: David Newton

Intimacy Coordinator - THAT JUST HAPPENED (FEATURE FILM )- Breaking Point Flix - Dir: Keir Siewert

Intimacy Coordinator - FATE: THE WINX SAGA (S1) - Netflix - Dir: Lisa James Larsson, Hannah Quinn Eps 1, 2, 3 & 6


Intimacy Coordinator - I HATE SUZIE (S1) - Jane Tranter Sky Original - Dir: Georgi Banks-Davies Ep 3, 4

Theatre and Opera Credits

Intimacy Coordinator - THE HOMECOMING - Theatre Royal Bath - Dir: Jamie Glover

Intimacy Coordinator - RED ELLEN - Nottingham Playhouse - Dir: Wils Wilson

Intimacy Coordinator - THE SCENT OF ROSES - Royal Lyceum Theatre - Dir: Zinnie Harris

Intimacy Coordinator - TELL HER YOU LOVE HER (MUSIC VIDEO) - Opera: National Theatre of Scotland - Dir: Keir Siewert Theatre/ 

Intimacy Coordinator - THE PANOPTICON - RCS Productions (Opera) - Dir: Debbie Hannan, Producer: Marianne Maxwell 

Intimacy Coordinator - DEAD MAN WALKING - RCS Productions -Dir: Caroline Clegg 

Intimacy Coordinator - KILTER - RCS Productions - Dir: Mark Thomson 

Intimacy Coordinator - ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE - RCS Productions, San Diego - Dir: Finn den Hertog