Film, TV & Theatre
Michael Keillor grew up in the Scottish countryside, telling stories, taking photographs and watching movies on VHS. After law school, travel and a few years on Set, Michael picked up a camera, wrote down a script and found his feet, writing and directing stories of his own.
A Channel 4 commission and numerous shorts led to TV and Michael garnered a Scottish BAFTA Best Director nomination for BBC One drama YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT. A second Best Director nomination followed with the anti-corruption series LINE OF DUTY. Michael kicked off the third season of the Jed Mercurio thriller, which earned rave reviews, multiple series award nominations and currently holds the mantel of being the highest rated drama on BBC 2.
Driven by good writing, Michael has worked with Andrew Davies, Peter Moffat, Ben Richards and Jed Mercurio, but most recently Michael worked with JK Rowling, to bring Cormoran Strike, her much loved detective to screen.
STRIKE: THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, adapted from the eponymous novel, launched on BBC One this summer to cracking reviews and a tremendously enthusiastic audience. This opening three-part adaptation set up Rowling’s Strike series, a great new Detective for the BBC, which will now go on to premiere on HBO/Cinemax in 2018.
Michael is repped in LA by Phil D'Amecourt, Melissa Myers and Ryan Draizin at WME and Attorney Michael Schenkman.
Praise for A CUCKOO’S CALLING
‘Spot on […] the beginning of a fond and long-lasting communion between series, actor and audience’ Gerard Donovan, The Telegraph
‘Great cast, perky dialogue, and considering the creator, a not entirely unexpected degree of wit and imagination’ Barbara Ellen, The Guardian
‘Vintage and modern, highly watchable and brilliantly cast, Strike is a sure hit’ Matt Baylis, The Express
‘Television’s next great detective has arrived’ Ed Power, The Telegraph
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
“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
THE CUCKOO'S CALLING
Lead Director 3 x60'
LINE OF DUTY
BBC2 / World Productions
Lead Director 3 x 60'
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