James Strong

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Ceci Mazzarella

Film, TV & Theatre

James Strong is perhaps best known for his work on BROADCHURCH, for which he was nominated for Best Director at the BAFTA Craft Awards 2014, the same year the show won Best Drama Series at BAFTA. He won Best Director at the BAFTA Cymru Awards, 2008, for the DOCTOR WHO Special 'Voyage of the Damned'.

Most recently, James has directed a new adaptation of VANITY FAIR for Mammoth Screen/ ITV/ Amazon, with an ensemble cast. His previous work includes the 3-part drama series LIAR for ITV, as well as Bad Robot’s 11.22.63 and CODE OF A KILLER.

James is also represented by CAA in the US and by B-Reel Films for commercials.

Television

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VANITY FAIR

2017 - 2018

Mammoth/Amazon/ITV

Director, 7 x 60'. Also Exec Producer.
Ensemble cast, including Olivia Cooke, Simon Russell Beale, Martin Clunes, Frances de la Tour, Suranne Jones.
Writer: Gwyneth Hughes.
Producer: Julia Stannard.
Exec Producers: Gwyneth Hughes, Damien Timmer, Tom Mullens.

LIAR

2016 - 2017

ITV/Two Brothers Pictures

Lead Director and Exec Producer. 6 x 60' drama.
Writers: Harry and Jack Williams.
Producer: Eliza Mellor.

DOUBT

2016

CBS

Director, episode 102. Drama centred on NYC's most radical law firm.
Starring Katherine Heigel, Laverne Cox, Elliott Gould.
Writers: Tony Phelan, Joan Rater.

11.22.63

2015

Bad Robot/ Hulu/ Warner Bros.

Director, 2 episodes, including series finale. From the novel by Stephen King.
Starring James Franco, Chris Cooper, Sarah Gaddon.
Writer: Bridget Carpenter.
Exec Producers: JJ Abrams, Stephen King.

KINGMAKERS

2015

ABC Studios

Director. Pilot.
Starring Kristin Bauer van Straten, Adrian Pasdar, Parminder Nagra.
Writer: Sallie Patrick.
Producers: Jeff MacVittie, Sallie Patrick.

CODE OF A KILLER

2014

World Productions/ ITV 1

Co-creator and Director. 2 x 90'.
Starring John Simm, David Threlfall.
Writer: Michael Crompton.
Producer: Simon Heath.
*WINNER Best Short Form Drama, Writers' Guild Awards 2016.

BROADCHURCH 2

2014

Kudos/ITV

Lead Director.
Starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
*Winner, Best Drama Series and Best Actor (David Tennant), TV Choice Awards, 2015.
*Nominated, Best Drama and Best Drama Performance (David Tennant), National Television Awards, 2016.

GRACEPOINT

2014

Fox / Shine America

Director. Pilot and 3 episodes.
With David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Nick Nolte.

FROM THERE TO HERE

2014

Kudos/BBC 1

Director, 3 x 60'. Drama.
Starring Phil Glenister, Bernard Hill and Saskia Reeves.
Writer: Peter Bowker.
Producer: Tim Bricknell .
Exec Producer: Derek Wax.

THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY: A COPPER'S TALE

2013

World Productions/ BBC 1

Director. 90' feature.
Starring Jim Broadbent, James Fox, Luke Evans.
Writer: Chris Chibnall.
Producer: Simon Heath.
*Nominated for Best Mini Series, BAFTA Television Awards, 2014.
*Shortlisted for Best Single Drama, Broadcast Awards, 2015.

BROADCHURCH

2013

Kudos/ITV

Lead Director, episodes 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8. 8-part series.
Starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman.
Writer: Chris Chibnall.
Producer: Richard Stokes.
*Winner, 73rd annual Peabody Awards.
*Winner of 'Best of British: TV Programme or Series', Freesat Awards, 2013.
*Winner of New Programme Award, Edinburgh International Television Festival, 2013.
*Winner Best New Drama and Best Actor, TV Choice Award, 2013.
*Winner TV Dagger, Crime Thriller Awards, 2013.
*No. 2 on The Hollywood Reporter's 20 Best Cable Dramas of 2013.
*Radio Times Best Television Programme, 2013.
*Winner of Best Drama, Broadcast Awards, 2014.
*Winner of Best Drama Serial, Royal Television Society Awards, 2014.
*Winner of Best Drama Series, BPG TV and Radio Awards, 2014.
*Winner of Best Actor (Olivia Coleman), BPG TV and Radio Awards, 2014.
*Winner of Best Writer (Chris Chibnall), BPG TV and Radio Awards, 2014.
*Nominated for Best Director (Fiction), BAFTA Television Craft Awards, 2014.
*Winner of Best Drama Series, BAFTA Television Awards, 2014.
*Winner of Best Actress (Olivia Coleman), BAFTA Television Awards, 2014.
*Winner of Best Supporting Actor (David Bradley), BAFTA Television Awards, 2014.

THE BEST POSSIBLE TASTE

2012

Mammoth/BBC 4

Director. 90' biopic on Kenny Everett.
Writer: Tim Whitnall.
Producer: Paul Frift .
Exec Producer: Damien Timmer.
*Nominated for Best Single Film, Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, 2013.
*Oliver Lansley nominated for Best Actor, RTS Awards, 2013.
*Tim Whitnall winner of Breakthrough Talent, BAFTA Craft Awards, 2013.
*Nominated for Best Scripted Programme, Broadcast Digital Awards, 2013.

HUNTED

2012

Kudos/ HBO Cinemax/ BBC 1

2 episodes.
Writer: Frank Spotniz.
Producer: Eliza Mellor.
Exec Producer: Jane Featherstone.

MISSING

2012

ABC (US)/ Little Engine Productions

2 episodes. New series.
Starring Ashley Judd, Sean Bean, Keith Carradine.
Producers: Gina Matthews, Grant Scharbo.
*Ashley Judd nominated for Best Lead Actress, Emmy Awards, 2012.

DOWNTON ABBEY 2

2011

Carnival/ ITV

Writer: Julian Fellowes.
Producer: Liz Trubridge.
*Winner: Best Drama Series or Serial, Broadcast Awards, 2012.
*Nominated for 16 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Lead Actor, 2012.

LAW AND ORDER UK 2+3

2011

NBC/ Wolf Films/ Kudos for ITV

Writers: Terry Cafolla, Nick Beak Saunders.
Producer: Richard Stokes.

WHITE VAN MAN

2010

ITV Studios for BBC 3

Director. Pilot.
Starring Will Mellor, Clive Mantle.
Writer: Adrian Poynton.
Producer: Rohan Acharya.

SILENT WITNESS

2010

BBC 1

Writer: Michael Crompton.
Producer: Richard Burrell.

DOCTOR WHO Easter Special

2009

BBC Wales/BBC 1

“Planet of The Dead”.1 x 80′.
Starring David Tennant, Lee Evans, Michelle Ryan.
Writer: Russell T Davies.
*Nominated for a Hugo Award 2010 - Best Dramatic Presentation (short form).

HUSTLE

2008

Kudos for BBC 1

Lead Director, 2 episodes.
Starring Adrian Lester.

DOCTOR WHO 4

2008

BBC Wales/BBC 1

Lead Director. “Partners in Crime”.
Starring David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Sarah Lancashire.
Writer: Russell T Davies.
*Nominated for Best Drama Series, BAFTA Television Awards, 2009.

DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special

2007

BBC Wales for BBC 1

"Voyage of the Damned". 1 x 80′.
Starring David Tennant, Kylie Minogue.
*Winner of Welsh BAFTA for Best Direction.
*Winner of Welsh BAFTA for Best Drama.

DOCTOR WHO 3

2007

BBC Wales/BBC 1

2-part episode, "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks". Set and shot partly in New York.
*Winner of “Programme of the Year”, Edinburgh International TV Festival, 2007.
*Nominated for Best Series, Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, 2007
*Best Drama, National TV Awards, 2007.
*Winner Best TV Series, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards, 2007.

TORCHWOOD

2006

BBC Wales/BBC 1

Series 1, 2 episodes.
Producer: Richard Stokes.
Exec Procducer: Julie Gardner.
*Winner: Best Drama, Welsh BAFTAs, 2007.
*Winner: Best Actress (Eve Myles), Welsh BAFTA’s, 2007.

DOCTOR WHO 2

2006

BBC Wales for BBC 1

2-part episode, "Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit".
Writer: Russell T Davies.
Producer: Phil Collinson.
Exec Producer: Julie Gardner.
*Winner: Best Drama, Best Actor and Best Actress, National Television Awards, 2006.
*Nominated for Best Drama Series, Broadcast Awards, 2007.
*Nominated for Best Drama Series, Royal Television Awards, 2007.

ROCKET MAN

2005

Coastal/ BBC 1

2 x 60'.
Starring Robson Green.
Producer: Phil Leach.

THE GOOD CITIZEN

2004

BBC 1

1 x 60'. Drama.
Starring Hugh Quarshie, Clare Goose.
*Nominated for Best Drama, Regional RTS Awards, 2005.
*Nominated for Best Daytime Programme, Broadcast Awards, 2006.

Film

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UNITED

2011

BBC/ World Productions /Content Films/ North East Screen

Director.
Starring David Tennant, Dougray Scott.
Writer: Chris Chibnall.
Producer: Julia Stannard.
*Nominated for Best Single Film, Prix Europa, 2011.
*Official Selection, Roma Fiction Festival, 2011.
*Nominated for London TV Award, London Festival Fringe, 2012.
*Nominated for Best Single Drama, Broadcast Awards, 2012.
*Nominated for Best Single Drama, Royal Television Society Awards, 2012.
*Nominated for Best Drama, London Television Awards, 2012.

In Development

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MIDDLE EARTH

2017

Unique Features

Director. Feature film, in development.
Writer: Angus Fletcher.
Producers: Bob Shaye, Michael Lyne, Rachel Horovitz.

THE LAST GOODBYE

Last Man Films

Director. Feature film, in development. The story of the last men to be executed in Britain.
Writer: Michael Crompton.

FROM HERE TO ALBION

Participant Media/ Potboiler

Director. Feature film, in development. A tragic accident in a coastal English town sets of a series of violent events.
Producer: Gail Egan.

STEEL CITY

Fox/Strong Films

Writer and Director. Feature film, in development. The story of Sheffield synth.

THE SEARCH

Voltage

Director. Feature film, in development.
Writer: Spencer Mondshein.

Short Films

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OF MARY

2010

Lesata Prods

Producer and Co-writer with Adrian Lester.
Director: Adrian Lester.

SOLD

2004

Writer and Director. 15' short film. Comedy-drama set in the world of estate agents.
*Nominated for Best Short Film at BAFTA Film Awards, 2004.

Documentaries

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HEAVEN 17 - THE STORY OF PENTHOUSE & PAVEMENT

2010

Feature length documentary and concert film.
Selected for the 2010 Sheffield International Documentary Festival.