Paul Wilmshurst is an Emmy-winning and BAFTA-nominated director, specialising in high-end drama and with a background in documentary film-making.
Paul has most recently finished work directing on new series JAMESTOWN, which was filmed in Budapest, made by Carnival Films for Sky and is set to broadcast in the spring of 2017. He also directed the final four episodes of the second season of hit Channel 4/PBS drama series INDIAN SUMMERS, which filmed in Penang, Malaysia and broadcast in spring 2016; and before that in 2015 he directed the final block of the NBC series A.D., set in 1st Century Jerusalem, and filmed in Morocco.
In 2014 he directed three episodes of DOCTOR WHO, in Peter Capaldi's first season on the show. All three were well received. Kill the Moon featured giant spiders and an even larger space dragon. Mummy on the Orient Express was set on a space train and featured a mummy that could only be seen by its victims. And Last Christmas (which was the Xmas special) starred Nick Frost as Santa and featured a story set on a polar base with face-hugging dream crabs and multiple levels of reality, nestled dreams and waking nightmares.
Previously he directed on three seasons of the Sky/Cinemax action adventure show STRIKE BACK for Left Bank Pictures and Cinemax/HBO, starring Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester. This vastly ambitious show filmed in Budapest and Cape Town, and involved highly complex and demanding stunts and action set pieces. His episodes of David S. Goyer’s DA VINCI’S DEMONS for Starz/BBC Worldwide also broadcast in the UK and the US in 2013.
Paul has directed a number of crime and children’s dramas, and has also written and directed one-off dramas about child runaways and child abuse, as well as writing and directing drama-documentaries about alcoholics, pseudocides, cocaine smugglers, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the bombing of Hiroshima; previously he made documentaries on a range of subjects (particularly crime, chance, race, weapons, psychology and identity). He produced and directed the BAFTA-nominated children’s drama, COMBAT KIDS, and he has also directed episodes of Silent Witness, Trial & Retribution and Law & Order: UK.
Paul has a double first in English from Cambridge and a post-grad Diploma in Journalism from City University. He lives in North London.
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