Born in East London to Caribbean parents Juliet Gilkes Romero, is both a playwright and a journalist. She worked for the BBC reporting from countries including Ethiopia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, before graduating with an M.A. in Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2009 Gilkes-Romero won the Best Play Award at the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for her play At the Gates of Gaza, produced at Birmingham Rep in 2008.