Sarah Wooley was born in Wallasey, Merseyside.
She studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama/Glasgow University, and on graduation formed her own theatre company Big Like Texas with Alain Airth.
After directing several of her own productions for the company, she began a career as an assistant director, working with Trevor Nunn, Stephen Daldry, Peter Gill, Di Trevis and Harold Pinter.
It was while working at the National Theatre as a staff director in 2001 that she started to write. She has written several plays for radio and stage, including the sell out hit Old Money which opened at the Hampstead Theatre in December 2012, starring Maureen Lipman and Tracy Anne Obermann.