Michael Keillor

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Ceci Mazzarella

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

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)