Michael Keillor

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Nancy Napper Canter

Film, TV & Theatre

Michael Keillor grew up in the Scottish countryside, writing stories and taking photographs. After law school, Michael spent some formative years working on set, before picking up a camera himself to develop his own writing and directing. Michael’s first screenplay was picked up by the BBC and his second secured a commission from Channel 4. Michael directed ‘Happy Slapz’ as part of the ‘Coming Up’ new talent strand which subsequently launched him into directing drama with some of the industry's top writers.

Since receiving a Scottish BAFTA nomination for the BBC One three-part drama YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT, Michael has directed Andrew Davies’ MR SELFRIDGE, SILK with Peter Moffat, CRITICAL and anti-corruption thriller LINE OF DUTY for Jed Mercurio. Michael directed the opening three episodes LINE OF DUTY 3 which went on to become BBC 2’s biggest-rating drama and has so far garnered Broadcast and RTS Best Series nominations and a Best Director nomination at the Scottish BAFTA's. 

Michael directed the three part adaptation of Robert Galbraith's THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, launching Detective Cormoran Strike on both HBO and BBC One for JK Rowling, to rave reviews.

Michael is actively writing and developing a number of long form drama and feature projects. 

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

In Development

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LIAM & LENKA

Warp Films

Feature Film
In Development
Prod. Ally Gipps

Television

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THE CUCKOO'S CALLING

2017

BBC/HBO/Bronte

Lead Director 3 x60'
Exec Producers: Ruth Kenley Letts, Neil Blair and JK Rowling

LINE OF DUTY

2015

BBC2 / World Productions

Lead Director 3 x 60'
Writer and Executive Producer: Jed Mercurio.
Producer: Peter Norris
Executive Producer: Simon Heath
*Highest-rating BBC2 drama since modern TV ratings began
*Nominated, Best Drama Series, Royal Television Society Awards, 2017
*Nominated, Best Writer (Drama), Royal Television Society Awards, 2017
*Nominated, Best Drama Series, TV Choice Awards, 2016
*Nominated, Best Director, Bafta Scotland Awards, 2016
*Nominated, Best Drama Series, Broadcast Awards, 2017

CRITICAL

2014

Sky One / Hat Trick

3 x 60'
Creator: Jed Mercurio
Producer: Chris Hall
Exec: Mark Redhead / Cameron Roach

SILK III

2013

BBC 1

2 x 60'
Creator: Peter Moffat
Producer: Matt Strevens
Exec: Hilary Salmon

MR SELFRIDGE

2012

ITV Studios

3 x 60' (Series Finale)
Writer: Andrew Davies
Producer: Chrissy Skinns
Exec: Kate Lewis

YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT

2011

BBC 1/ KoCo Media

3 x 60' (Three part serial)
Three part series about the life of the young Vet
Producer: Alan J. Wands
Exec: Cameron Roach
* Nominated for Best Director at British Academy Awards Scotland, 2012
* Nominated for Best Actor for Iain De Caestecker at British Academy Awards Scotland, 2012

SHAMELESS VIII

2011

Company Television/ C4

HOLBY CITY

2011

BBC 1

EASTENDERS: E20

2010

BBC 3

* Rose D'Or Nominee, 2010

THE BILL

2009

ITV 1

EASTENDERS

2008

BBC 1

DOCTORS

2007

BBC 1

DREAM TEAM

2006

Sky

Short Films

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2014

Warp Films/BFI

Currently in Post Production
Writer / Director
Producer: Ally Gipps
Cast: Iain De Caestecker & Katarina Cas
Love on the run with a Girl and a Gun
*Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014 Premiere

2010

BBC, Scottish Screen & Lighthouse Arts

15min
Writer/ Director
Cast: David Hayman & Jamie Michie
Father and Son lost in the Highlands
* Encounter Short Film Festival, 2009
* Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2010
* Austin Film Festival, 2010
(Can be viewed by clicking on title)

2009

UK Film Council, Scottish Screen & Digicult

15 min
Cast: Michael Socha
Life, for a young man and an old soul
* Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010
(Can be viewed by clicking on title)

2006

Channel 4 'Coming Up' 2005

23min
Writer /Director
Gang rivalry tears a friendship apart
Cast: Daniel Anthony, Josef Altin & Aml Ameen
Gang rivalry tears a friendship fatally apart
*Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2006
(Can be viewed by clicking on the title)