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 also worked with Andrew Davies, Peter Moffat, Ben Richards and JK Rowling, bringing Cormoran Strike, her much loved detective, to screen in STRIKE: THE CUCKOO’S CALLING. This opening three-part adaptation set with Rowling’s STRIKE series, and launched on BBC One in summer 2017 to excellent reviews. The show went on to premiere on HBO/Cinemax in 2018.
Michael is currently directing CHIMERICA for Playground Entertainment/Channel 4, the TV adaptation of the Olivier award-winning play.
Michael is also represented in the US by Phil D'Amecourt, Melissa Myers and Ryan Draizin at WME, and Attorney Michael Schenkman.
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
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
Feature Film. In development.
Playground Entertainment/Channel 4
Director, 4 x 60'. A photojournalist travels to China with the hopes of finding out who the mysterious man was who was photographed standing defiantly in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square twenty years ago. Adaptation of the Olivier award-winning play.
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 series about the life of the young Vet.
Company Television/ C4
* Rose D'Or Nominee, 2010.
Writer and Director. Love on the run with a girl and a gun.
BBC, Scottish Screen & Lighthouse Arts
Writer and Director. 15'. Father and son lost in the Highlands.
UK Film Council, Scottish Screen & Digicult
15'. Life, for a young man and an old soul.
Channel 4 'Coming Up' 2005
Writer and Director. 23'. Gang rivalry tears a friendship apart.