freelance director & writer

Paul Wilmshurst is an Emmy-winning, BAFTA-nominated director, specialising in high-end drama - with a background in documentary film-making.

Paul directed the two opening episodes of the final series of
STRIKE BACK; this was filmed in Croatia, and made by Left Bank Pictures for Sky and HBO/Cinemax. They were broadcast in the spring of 2020. The previous year he also directed two episodes of the show that were set in India and filmed in Penang, Malaysia.

Paul previously directed the two opening episodes of the second series of JAMESTOWN; and two episodes of the first series.

These were filmed in Budapest, and made by Carnival Films for Sky. Season 1 broadcast in the UK in the spring of 2017 to positive reviews and extremely high viewing figures. Paul directed episodes 5 and 6 of the first season, covering an attempted mutiny and an expedition into the mountains in search of silver. In season 2 he directed the first two episodes, which set the scene a year later and introduced new characters and new themes. They were broadcast on February 9th 2018.


Paul 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.

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In 2014 in Peter Capaldi's first season on DOCTOR WHO, he directed three episodes of the hit show: 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 face-hugging dream crabs and multiple levels of reality, nestled dreams and waking nightmares on a polar base.

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Previously he directed on the opening 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. Paul also directed two episodes of David S. Goyer’s DA VINCI’S DEMONS for Starz/BBC Worldwide which 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.

And this is a music video that Paul directed, shot and edited for the band Sun Silva…

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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not that lists and polls matter, but...
FORGIVEN came 32nd in The Times’s critics’ poll of the best tv of the decade

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