Michael Keillor

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Grace Baxter

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 her much loved detective, Cormoran Strike to screen in STRIKE: THE CUCKOO’S CALLING. This opening three-part adaptation set up Rowling’s STRIKE series. which launched on BBC One in summer 2017 to excellent reviews, then went on to premiere on HBO/Cinemax in 2018.

Michael is currently directing ROADKILL, starring Hugh Laurie and Helen McCrory, for BBC1 and The Forge. Prior to this he directed CHIMERICA for Playground Entertainment/Channel 4, the TV adaptation of Lucy Kirkwood's Olivier award-winning play.

“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

Michael is also represented in the US by Phil D'Amecourt, Melissa Myers and Ryan Draizin at WME, and Attorney Michael Schenkman.

 

Television

ProductionCompanyNotes

ROADKILL

2019

The Forge / BBC 1

Director and Executive Producer
4-part Drama.
Writer: David Hare.
Producer: Andy Litvin
Exec Producers: Mark Pybus, Lucy Richer.
Starring: Hugh Laurie and Helen McCrory
A fictional thriller about self-made, forceful and charismatic politician Peter Laurence. Peter’s public and private life seems to be falling apart. As the personal revelations spiral, he is shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, expertly walking a high wire between glory and catastrophe as he seeks to further his own agenda whilst others plot to bring him down. However events show just how hard it is, for both an individual and a country, to leave the past behind. With enemies so close to home, can Peter Laurence ever out-run his own secrets to win the ultimate prize?

CHIMERICA

2018 - 2019

Playground Entertainment/Channel 4

Director
4-part Drama.
Writer: Lucy Kirkwood.
Producer: Adrian Sturges.
Executive Producers: Lucy Kirkwood, Sophie Gardiner, Colin Callender.
Starring: Alessandro Nivola and Cherry Jones
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.

STRIKE: THE CUCKOO'S CALLING

2017

BBC/HBO/Bronte

Lead Director.
Producer: Jackie Larkin
Executive Producers: Ruth Kenley Letts, Neil Blair, JK Rowling.
Starring: Holliday Grainger and Tom Burke
Adapted from the first novel in the Cormoran Strike series of detective novels by JK Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

LINE OF DUTY III

2015

BBC2 / World Productions

Lead Director.
3 episodes.
Creator and Writer: Jed Mercurio.
Producer: Peter Norris.
Executive Producer: Simon Heath and Jed Mercurio.
Starring: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Stephen Graham.
*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

Director.
3 episodes.
Creator: Jed Mercurio.
Producer: Chris Hall.
Exec Producer: Mark Redhead / Cameron Roach.
Starring: Lennie James and Kimberley Nixon.

SILK III

2013

BBC 1

Director.
2 episodes.
Creator: Peter Moffat.
Producer: Matt Strevens.
Executive Producer: Hilary Salmon.
Starring: Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones

MR SELFRIDGE

2012

ITV Studios

Director.
3 episodes, including series finale.
Creator and Writer: Andrew Davies
Producer: Chrissy Skinns.
Exec Producer: Kate Lewis.
Starring: Jeremy Piven

YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT

2011

BBC 1/ KoCo Media

3 part series about the life of the young Vet.
Producer: Alan J. Wands.
Writer: Ann McManus and Eileen Gallagher
Exec Producer: 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

ProductionCompanyNotes
2014

Warp Films/BFI

Writer and Director. Love on the run with a girl and a gun.
Producer: Ally Gipps.
Starring Iain De Caestecker, Katarina Cas.
*Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014 Premiere.

2010

BBC, Scottish Screen & Lighthouse Arts

Writer and Director. 15'. Father and son lost in the Highlands.
Starring David Hayman, Jamie Michie.
* Encounter Short Film Festival, 2009.
* Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2010.
* Austin Film Festival, 2010.

2009

UK Film Council, Scottish Screen & Digicult

15'. Life, for a young man and an old soul.
Starring Michael Socha.
* Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010.

2006

Channel 4 'Coming Up' 2005

Writer and Director. 23'. Gang rivalry tears a friendship apart.
Starring Daniel Anthony, Josef Altin, Aml Ameen.
*Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2006.