Film, TV & Theatre
Michael Keillor grew up in the Scottish countryside, writing stories, taking photographs and exploring the local video store. After law school, Michael scripted the second instalment of ‘Grand Theft Auto’, before turning his attention to film.
Michael’s first screenplay was developed by the BBC, while his second secured a commission from Channel 4. Michael directed the resulting film as part of the new talent ‘Coming Up’ strand, and ‘Happy Slapz’ subsequently launched him into directing television drama.
Michael received a Scottish BAFTA nomination for the BBC One three-part drama 'Young James Herriot', and shot the season one finale of Andrew Davies' 'Mr Selfridge'. Since delivering Peter Moffat's BAFTA-nominated legal drama 'Silk', Michael has worked with Jed Mercurio on his brutally ambitious new medical drama 'Critical'. Re-teaming with Mercurio in 2015, Michael directed the opening three episodes of the acclaimed BBC 2 anti-corruption thriller 'Line of Duty', which has become the channel's biggest-rating drama since modern ratings began, and for which Michael received a Best Director nomination in the 2016 Scottish BAFTA awards.
Michael continues to develop feature projects while writing and directing his own short films. His most recent commission was the BFI-backed 'Liam + Lenka', produced by Ally Gipps at Warp Films, with Iain de Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Katarina Cas (Wolf of Wall Street).
He is currently in prep on THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, the new JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith 3-part adaptation for Bronte TV/HBO and BBC1.
Michael is also represented by Phil D'Amecourt, Melissa Myers and Ryan Draizin at WME in LA.
US Lawyer: Michael Schenkman.
Praise for LINE OF DUTY
“Tight, taut and filled with any number of twists.... After this bravura opening episode, anything could happen” Sarah Hughes, Guardian
“You think you have seen it all before. We may have seen nothing yet” Andrew Billen, The Times
“Jaw-dropping… precision choreographed like a cinema blockbuster” Daily Mail, Christopher Stevens
“Stomach clenchingly tense, visceral and shocking – television best watched in body armour” Sam Wollaston, Guardian
LIAM & LENKA
LINE OF DUTY
BBC2 / World Productions
Lead Director. 3 episodes.
Sky One / Hat Trick
3 x 60'
2 x 60'
3 x 60' (Series Finale)
YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT
BBC 1/ KoCo Media
3 x 60' (Three part serial)
Company Television/ C4
* Rose D'Or Nominee, 2010
Currently in Post Production
BBC, Scottish Screen & Lighthouse Arts
UK Film Council, Scottish Screen & Digicult
Channel 4 'Coming Up' 2005