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
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