Paul McGuigan

Director for film and television
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Paul spent ten years working as a professional photographer for the fashion and music press before becoming a film and television director. His first feature, the television adaptation of Irvine Welsh's The Acid House, put him squarely on the map, winning him the RTS Award for Best Newcomer along with the RTS Award for Best Single Drama and a host of other prizes.

Paul followed The Acid House with a string of acclaimed features and counts among his credits such films as Push, Lucky Number Slevin and Gangster No.1.

Paul's television work includes many successful dramas and documentaries, including Sherlock for BBC/Hartswood, which Paul set-up and directed across two series of the multi award-winning show, and more recently Marvel's Luke Cage, and new pilot Designated Survivor: both for ABC/Netflix.

Paul is currently finishing his new feature Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, which stars Annette Bening and Jamie Bell. 




Producer Mark Gordon
Writer Derek R. Griffith and David Guggenheim
  • Kiefer Sutherland


    ABC Studios for ABC
    Luke Cage
    2 x 60'
    Creator Cheo Hodari Coker
  • Mike Colter
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Frankie Faison
  • Darius Caleb

    Marvel's action hero series

    ABC for Netflix
    The Family
    1 x 42'
  • Joan Allen
  • Rupert Graves
  • Zach Gilford
  • Liam James


    ABC Studios/Mandeville Productions
    Writer Jason Richman and David Zabel
  • Summer Bishil
  • Christine Evangelista
  • Stephen Louis Grush
    Producer Mark H. Ovitz and Brian Tanen
    Writer Marc Cherry
    ABC Studios
  • Debra Messing
  • Brian D'Arcy James
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Katharine McPhee
    Universal Media Studios/Dreamworks Television for NBC
    Creator Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss
    Producer Sue Vertue
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Martin Freeman
    Follow up to the BAFTA-winning first series, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprising their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson respectively.
    Hartswood Films for BBC2
    Writer Shonda Rhimes
  • Kerry Washington
  • Tony Goldwyn
  • Columbus Short
  • Henry Ian Cusick
    Drama revolving around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff, from the creator and executive producers of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.
    ABC Studios
    6 x 60'
    Producer Jenny Scanlon
    Writer Peter Bowker
  • James Nesbitt
  • Sarah Parish
  • Tom Riley
    Director of the first three episodes of medical drama series about a brilliant and unconventional neurosurgeon.
    Mammoth Screen for ITV1
    10 minute cinema commercial. 12 x 15 TVC and 40 minute documentary of behind the scenes.
    Ideal World Productions
    Umbrella Productions for Channel 4
    Pilot Productions for Channel 4
    Travel documentary which includes an interview with Fidel Castro.
    Football, Faith and Flutes
    BAFTA Nominated Best Documentary
    Documentary about sectarianism in Scotland.
    Wark Clements for Channel 4
    Documentary film about American children living with HIV and AIDS.
    Wark Clements for Channel 4
    6 x 60'
    Producer Iain Paterson
    Writer Norman Morrill
    Director of the Pilot for critically accliamed FX television mini-series.
    Regency Television for FX Network
    Winner: BAFTA Television Awards 2011 - Best Drama Series
    3 x 90'
    Producer Sue Vertue
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Martin Freeman
    BAFTA-winning drama series. Thrilling, fast paced update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective, set in present day London.
    Hartswood Films for BBC1



    Writer Matt Greenhalgh
  • Jamie Bell
  • Annette Bening
  • Stephen Graham
  • Julie Walters


    Eon Productions
    In production
    Producer John Davis
    Writer Max Landis
  • Jessica Brown Findlay
  • James McAvoy
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Andrew Scott
    Feature film based on Mary Shelley's novel
    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
    Davis Entertainment
    Producer William Vince
    Writer Bruce Davey
  • Camilla Belle
  • Chris Evans
  • Dakota Fanning
  • Djimon Hounsou
    A group of young American ex-pats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities are hiding from a clandestine U.S. government agency. They must utilise their different talents and band together for a final job enabling them to escape the agency forever.
    Summit Entertainment
    Producer Christopher Eberts
    Writer Jason Smilovic
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Josh Hartnett
  • Sir Ben Kingsley
  • Lucy Liu
    A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin in the middle of a war being plotted by two of New York's most powerful rival crime bosses.
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
    The Weinstein Company
    Producer Andre Lamal
    Writer Brandon Boyce
  • Rose Byrne
  • Josh Hartnett
  • Diane Kruger
  • Matthew Lilliard
    A young Chicago advertising executive believes a woman he sees in a café is his long-lost love. His conviction leads to obsession, as he puts his life on hold to trail her.
    Lakeshore International
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
    Producer Caroline Wood
    Writer Mark Mills
  • Paul Bettany
  • Vincent Cassel
  • Willem Defoe
  • Tom Hardy
    A priest on the lam takes up with a traveling band of actors, who then discover a murder has occurred and try to solve it by recreating the crime in a play.
    Paramount Classics
    Renaissance Films
    Producer Jonathan Cavendish
  • Paul Bettany
  • Malcolm McDowell
  • David Thewlis
    Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster.
    IFC Films
    Film Four
    The Acid House
    Winner - 1999 Royal Television Society best Single Drama and Best Newcomer
    Producer David Muir
    Writer Irvine Welsh
    Three twisted tales of abuse, drugs, displaced personalities and insect life by Scottish writer Irving Welsh.
    Zeitgeist Films
    Picture Palace North



    Released as the second single from their third album, Final Straw.
    From Snow Patrol's fourth album, Eyes Open, featuring Martha Wainwright on vocals.
    Spider-Man becomes a school play in this music video for Signal Fire from popular alternative rockers Snow Patrol, from the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack.