Film, TV & Theatre
Michael Keillor grew up in rural Scotland, where the local video store sparked dreams of moviemaking. After law school, travel and a few years on set, Michael finally picked up a camera and started making films of his own. Shorts, ads, pop promos and sketches, Michael shot everything and anything before a Channel 4 commission opened the door to directing projects with Andrew Davies, Peter Moffat, Jed Mercurio, Lucy Kirkwood and most recently David Hare.
Driven by great writing and nail-biting action, Michael kicked off the multi award winning third season of anti-corruption thriller LINE OF DUTY with Danny Mays, delivering a ratings smash for BBC2 and garnering a Scottish Bafta best director nomination.
“It’s stomach-clenchingly tense, visceral, shocking – television best watched in body armour” - Sam Wollaston - The Guardian
Michael then launched JK Rowling’s much-loved detective Cormoran Strike on BBC1 with Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger in STRIKE: THE CUCKOO’S CALLING.
"Vintage and modern, highly watchable and brilliantly cast, Strike is a sure hit" Matt Baylis, The Express
"Great cast, perky dialogue, and considering the creator, a not entirely unexpected degree of wit and imagination" - Barbara Ellen - The Guardian
Revisiting the history of the Tiananmen square massacre drew Michael to CHIMERICA, a four-part adaptation of Lucy Kirkwood's Olivier award-winning play for Playground Entertainment/Channel 4, starring Alessandro Nivola, Sophie Okenedo, Cherry Jones and Terry Chen.
“A strikingly intelligent drama, capturing big ideas without sacrificing story or character, and making the personal political and back again – particularly in the scenes set in China.” - Lucy Mangan - The Guardian
Most recently Michael has delved into domestic politics with ROADKILL, a four-part political drama charting the rise of a corrupt politician, written by David Hare and starring Hugh Laurie and Helen McCrory, due to air on both BBC1 in the UK and PBS in the States in Autumn 2020.
Michael is represented in the US by Phil D'Amecourt and Ryan Draizin at WME, and Attorney Michael Schenkman.
The Forge/BBC 1
Director and Executive Producer
2018 - 2019
Playground Entertainment/Channel 4
Sky One/Hat Trick
YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT
BBC 1/KoCo Media
3 part series about the life of the young Vet.
* Rose D'Or Nominee, 2010.
Executive Producer: Sarah Brown
TOO FAR NORTH
Executive Producer: Derek Wax
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.