Wainwright is currently riding high on the success of multi-award-winning dramas Happy Valley, Last Tango In Halifax and Scott & Bailey. She also wrote the TV movie To Walk Invisible, about the Bronte sisters and The Last Witch, and also directs and produces. Originally mentored by Kay Mellor, Wainwright also created the TV series At Home with the Brainthwaites, and in 2009 was named Writer of the Year by the RTS for Unforgiven.